2010-12-26

Army Of The Apes.

I got up early to watch Brave & Bold and while flipping around channels at the commercial, I discovered a SFドラマ 猿の軍団  (SF Drama called Saru no Gundan). Since B&B was a re-rerun, switched and watched this bizarre show where a teacher and 2 students get frozen in コールドスリーップ (Cold Sleep) and wake up in a world ruled by talking Militaristic sentient APES! If this sounds familiar, it came out in 1974-5 on the tail of the TV series from the US. Several characters from the Movies/TV show were Japanized including Urko as Godo, Zaius as Bippo and Galen as Pepe.

Here is the original opening, Army of the Apes 


by composer Toshiaki Tsushima sung by Masato Shimon of Gatchaman fame.

はるか はるか はるか 時間の荒野を旅立てば 
そこに そこに そこにー 謎の世界が待っていた 
ダダダダダダダダダ 
憎しみあうのはもうやめて 緑の鐘を鳴らすのだ 
愛という名の武器をとり~ 人間らしく戦え~ 
猿の惑星(猿の惑星) 何するものぞ 何するものぞー
空に 空に 空に 希望の光が 射してくる
今だ 今だ 今だ 自由をまもって 起ち上がれ
ダダダダダダダダダ
心と心のふれあいを 平和の灯りともすのだ
愛という名の武器をとり 人間らしく斗え
猿の軍団 猿の軍団 何するものぞ 何するものぞ

Haruka haruka haruka jikan no kouya wo tabitateba
Soko ni, soko ni, soko ni... nazo no sekai ga matteita
dadadadadadada
Nikusimiau no ha mouyamete en no kane wo narasunoda
ai toiu na no buki wo tori ningen rashiku tatakae
Saru no gundan saru no gundan nanisuru monozo nanisuru monozo
Sora ni sora ni sora ni kibou no hikari ga sashitekuru
imada imada imada jiyuu wo mamotte tatiagare
dadadadadadada
Kokoro to kokoro no fureai wo heiwa no tomoritomosu no da
ai to iu nano buki wo tori ningen rasiku toe
Saru no gundan saru no gundan nanisuru monozo nanisuru monozo

Far away, far away, far away...to a wild era if you undertake this journey
Over there, over there, over there....a world of mysteries waits for you
dadadadadadada
They have stopped hating each other and live in peace
In the name of love they've taken up arms and began fighting humans
Army of apes, army of apes, what will you do now? What will you do now?
In the sky, in the sky, in the sky...the light of hope hovers past
Now's the chance, now's the chance, now's the chance...protect your freedom from now on
dadadadadadada
Heart and spirit yearn for the light of peace
In the name of love they've taken up arms and began fighting humans
Army of apes, army of apes, what will you do now? What will you do now?

There were hundreds of goods produced that a guy named planetcool has pictures of, including figures, vehicles, books, cds, records, stickers, etc, etc, etc. Here's a sampling but click that link to see more.




 Amazon has the series for sale but it's a little rich for my blood. If anyone wants to treat me to a Birthday present, feel free.
 

Here are a few stills from the show. Dorky but also so cool!




  If you'd like to watch a badly dubbed version, they compiled the series into a movie "Time of the Apes" that was spoofed on MST3K. Watch videos 1-10 starting here...


Pretty silly stuff, but what did you expect. Later today, I hope to show some more Apes as a Boxing Day special on MTYW!

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