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Pop Rocks: You Can Ape The Ape - 10 Famous Chimps

Chimpanzee, the new documentary from Disneynature (also responsible for Earth, Oceans, and African Cats), hits theaters this Friday. The film follows three-year old Oscar, who finds himself alone in the jungles of the Ivory Coast before another chimp "adopts" him (presumably such procedures are simpler for lower primates than human beings).

The movie took almost four years to shoot, all of it during the course of the country's civil war. If Dinseynature's past efforts are any indication, it should be something to see.

My own impressions of chimpanzees were formed by old issues of National Geographic, specifically one particularly terrifying account of a chimp clan that warred with rival factions, murdering and occasionally eating their enemies. There were also pictures. I blame Jane Goodall.

But I'm willing to let bygones be bygones for the same of the apes. If you go see Chimpanzee the first week, a portion of the film's proceeds will be donated to the Jane Goodall Institute. To get you in the mood, here are my personal favorite chimps from pop culture history.

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Peter Vonder Haar writes movie reviews for the Houston Press and the occasional book. The first three novels in the "Clarke & Clarke Mysteries" - Lucky Town, Point Blank, and Empty Sky - are out now.
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