The Sacred Scrolls


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Biographical information
Species Chimpanzee
Gender Female
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Continuity Planet of the Apes - Reimagined
Actor Helena Bonham Carter
First Appearance Planet of the Apes (2001)
Last Appearance Planet of the Apes (2001)

Ari was the daughter of Senator Sandar, a high ranking member of the Ape Senate. Ari had a passion for life and thrived for a world where apes and humans lived as equals. She was idealistic and despised the way the humans were treated. Ari spoke publicly about her outrageous beliefs, and used her father as a shield from the authorities. When Ari spotted astronaut Leo Davidson in a cage, she just had to have him. She bought him and the female Daena, whom he particularly liked, because she saw their rebelliousness. From there she became captivated by Leo whom she viewed as unique. Ari helped Leo and a band of others escape Ape City and followed them into the Forbidden Zone. General Thade, a suitor for her affections, explained this escape as a kidnapping of Ari and used this to justify his absolute power under martial law. Thade's army marched on humanity, and Ari and her human friends waited in Calima for their arrival. She may have struggled to live up to her ideals but was the vital link between the human rebels and the more sympathetic members of ape society.

Many years later, in the events of Dark Horse Comics' The Human War and Planet of the Apes comics #1-6 (a.k.a. Old Gods and Blood Lines), Attar went on a quest to find his old ally. He would have eventually found her on a remote island had the comic series continued.[1]


  • Mirroring the uproar concerning an ape/human Hybrid Child appearing in Beneath the Planet of the Apes, Fox executives were opposed to the idea that Carter's character would be the love interest of Mark Wahlberg's character, thinking it 'weird and unnatural'. Tim Burton had a love scene planned, but even an implied love scene was rejected.[2]


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