FX Artist’s Tribute to the Planet of the Apes
Brian Penikas is a talented practical effects artist best known for his design of the Creeper in Jeepers Creepers. Like many modern make-up artists in Hollywood, Penikas fell in love with practical effects thanks to the magical work of his predecessors. For Brian, it was John Chambers‘ brilliant work for the original Planet of the Apes films that set Brian on his career path.
This episode takes a look at Ape Mania, Brian’s tribute company that honors the work of John Chambers and the seminal science fiction franchise, The Planet of the Apes. Since 1996, Brian and his crew have been making film-quality PoTA replica props, masks and memorabilia as well s appearances at events.
Planet of the Apes was one of my formative Monster Kid events as a youngster and it’s great to see professionals honoring their own influences and keeping us modern monster kids well stocked with museum-quality collectibles.
Watch the episode here:
Ape Mania Collectibles
Apemania.com is still the place to go to see their officially licensed merchandise. The site hasn’t been updated in quite a while and many of the products are quoted price, but it’s well worth a visit to check out the full line of products as well as a great link resource page for other Ape-related websites.
Ape Mania’s line of resin kits are available in three styles:
- Unpainted $135
- Bronze finish $159
- Signature Series Fully Painted & Detailed by Ape Mania artists $275
- Available at Apemania.com
Latex masks: Check out this thread dedicated to Ape Mania masks at The Halloween Mask Association.
Anyone have Ape Mania products in their collection? We’d love to see some pics! Share them on our Facebook page or Tweet them to us and we’ll feature them here in a future post.