Look who likes Rise of the Planet of the Apes: PETA!

If the Apes prequel is about how humanity deserved to be replaced as the dominant species by a race of sentient primates, is it any surprise that PETA would be on board? Oh, all right. It probably has something to do with animals not being tortured during filming, too.

When director Rupert Wyatt set about making a blockbuster that would involve a whole lot of violent monkey business, he knew he'd have to find the safest and most effective way to capture it. While past films have often subjected animals to dangerous and confusing stunt work, Wyatt went the other way—100 percent CGI. Luckily for us, he had famed character actor Andy Serkis (who played both Gollum and King Kong) to bring lead ape Caesar to life.

According to Wyatt, "We wanted to tell our story without using live apes for any number of reasons. It would be a cruel irony to tell the story of the exploited and repressed and use live apes to do so."

His efforts did not go unnoticed by one of the most famous animal rights groups in the country, PETA. To honor his decision, PETA has awarded Wyatt the Proggy (short for "progress") Award for Most Animal-Friendly Feature Film.

PETA's senior vice president, Lisa Lange, had this to say: "Rise of the Planet of the Apes reminds viewers that animals are feeling beings who deserve compassion, and its stunning use of CGI shows that there's no need to subject apes to the stress of filmmaking."

This isn't the first time PETA has had its say using genre properties, with stars from Twilight and Battlestar Galactica taking a stand by taking off their clothes. While attractive naked people may be nice to look at, we think protecting animals through the use of CGI is probably more effective.

(via Next Movie)

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