Tuesday, March 27, 2012

What's your theory Darwin?

Stan Burns and Mike Marmer were writers for Get Smart and left their job for the Carol Burnette Show to do Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp.  Here the two played continual homage to successful spy comedy Get Smart.  I also saw a lot of Man From U.N.C.L.E. in the ape show.  Lancelot Link was a secret agent who worked for A.P.E. (Angecy to Prevent Evil). One of the things that made this show unique isn't necessarily the acting chimps, but what came out of the chimps mouths.  Burns and Marmer had to go to great creative lengths to make the dialogue sync with the apes moving lips.

"Voice-overs were ad-libbed on the set, giving birth to beautifully absurd moments of the chimps breaking into songs at the end of sentences or spontaneously reciting Mother Goose rhymes just so it would look right."

-The Believer

Lest we forget the Evolution Revolution.

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