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Hybrid Child
Hybrid makeup
Biographical information
Species Human-Ape Hybrid
Gender Male
Born Unknown
Died Unknown
Continuity Movies
Actor Tom Doran
First Appearance Planet of the Apes Revisited script
Last Appearance Beneath the Planet of the Apes script

A Hybrid Child is an unused character that appears only in screen tests and early scripts for the the original pentalogy Planet of the Apes movie series.

Hybrid costume

Costume Test from 'Planet of the Apes Revisited' (November 1968?). Costume by Morton Haack


The first screenplay for the proposed sequel to Planet of the Apes submitted by Paul Dehn (after rejected script treatments from both Pierre Boulle and Rod Serling) in December 1968 largely contained the story that would become Beneath the Planet of the Apes, but one notable difference was the ending. At the point where, in the final script, the gorilla army invades the mutant city and everyone, including the astronauts, dies in a bloodbath, this script had Taylor, Brent and Nova escape. While the bomb is set off, it destroys only the mutant city and the gorilla army therein. Taylor, Brent and Nova lead the rest of the primitive humans to the Ape City, where Zira and Cornelius free the captive humans held in their cages.

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Make-up Test from 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (early 1969?)

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The final scene is set in the far future, where a group of children are being tought about that final war, how the armies were all killed and how Taylor brought peace and harmony to all the survivors in the 47 years before his death. The teacher is a chimpanzee and the children are human. One very inquisitive boy is called 'Taylor', after their society's founder. The scripts do not mention a hybrid child specifically, but it seems fair to assume that this is where the proposed character would have appeared: either the child called Taylor, or some or all of the children are hybrids - the final evidence of the harmony that has been established. 'Planet of the Apes Revisited' by Joe Russo and Larry Landsman would seem to confirm this assumption: "There is an optimistic ending in which all captive humans are freed with a new era dawning between man and ape, and, eventually, the birth of a half-human, half-ape child."[1] (The script goes on to cut to the Forbidden Zone where a group of horribly mutated apes emerge from a tunnel and, symbolically, shoot a dove - an ominous ending after all!)

Behind the scenesEdit

Costume tests were undertaken in late 1968, and further make-up tests in early 1969, but by the time filming began Charlton Heston's proposal (backed by Dick Zanuck, who was being fired by Twentieth Century Fox) that not just his character but the entire planet be killed off, meant that the planned ending of the film had to be cut. It has also been pointed out (on Behind the Planet of the Apes) that the implied inter-species breeding would cause problems with the film's MPAA rating; as Paul Dehn himself pointed out: "I wanted a more optimistic end to 'Apes 2' than the destruction of Earth by the Doomsday Bomb, but my own end, the birth of a child half-human and half-monkey, proved intractable in terms of make-up, and anyway it was thought that Man-Ape miscegenation might lose us our G certificate!"[2]

Only some archive photographs and a short test film remain of this character. To add to the mystery, this film was taken on the set of the mutant city, with a costume similar to that of the mutants, but this is likely just a costume for the future society, shot on the most convenient set. The scene of the teacher and children was resurrected for the opening and closing scenes of Battle for the Planet of the Apes.

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Make-up Test from 'Beneath the Planet of the Apes' (early 1969?)


Planet of the Apes - The Original Pentalogy Series
Planet of the Apes (APJ) Movies
Planet of the Apes (1968) | Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970) | Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971) | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) | Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)
Main Ape Characters
Cornelius I | Zira | Caesar | Zaius | Virgil | Ursus | Aldo | Cornelius II | Lawgiver | Lisa | Mandemus | Lucius
Supporting Ape Characters
Ape cart driver | Ape with chain | Bailiff | Bugler | Busboy | Dr. Galen's assistant | Frank | Galen | Gorilla Child | Gorilla marksman | Gorilla Photographer | Gorilla Sergeant | Heloise | Honorius | Hunt Leader | Julius | Marcus | Maximus | Milo | Minister | Minister (Beneath) | President of the Assembly | Quintus | Salome | Young Chimpanzee | Zelda
Main Human Characters
George Taylor | Nova (APJ) | John Brent | Albina | Lewis Dixon | Stephanie Branton | Otto Hasslein | Breck | Armando | MacDonald (Conquest) | MacDonald (Battle) | Abe the Teacher | Kolp | John Landon | Dodge | Caspay | Fat Man | Mendez XXVI | Mendez I | Ongaro
Supporting Human Characters
Announcer | Aldo's Handlers | Army Chief of Staff | Army Officer | Army Officer on beach | Arthur, Orderly at Zoo | Auctioneer | Beauty Operator | Bill, Marine Corporal | Bodyguard | Bookseller | Caesar's Handler | Captain | Cardinal | Chairman of the President's Committee of Inquiry | Charles | Command Post Assistant | Controller 1| Controller 2 | Curator | E-1 | E-2 | General Faulkner | Geneticist | Girl in corral | Governor Breck's Assistant | Miss Greer | Greg, General Winthrop's Aide | Helicopter Pilot | Hercules & Brunhilde | Inspector Hoskyns | Hybrid Child | Instructor | Jailguard | Jake | Jake's friend | Julie | Keeper 1 | Keeper 2 | Keeper 3 | Ladies | Maddox | Man at Auction | Sergeant Meissner | Mendez II | Military Officer | Morgan, Governor Breck's Assistant | Mutant Captain | Mutant on Motorcycle | Mutant Workers | Naval Officer | Navy Chief of Staff | Negro Tycoons Officer in Radio Control Room | Old Timer | Ongaro | Orderly | Police Officers (Conquest) | Policeman | 2nd Policeman | The President | Referee | Reporter | Mrs Riley | Riot Control Commander | Scientist Committee Member | Senator Committee Member | Soldier | Stewart | Striking Waiter | TV Newscaster | Verger | General Winthrop
Horse (Animal) | Gorilla in Zoo
Items / Weapons
Sacred Scrolls | Alpha-Omega Bomb | Grape Juice Plus | Human Doll
Important Events / Battles
Ape Rebellion
Forbidden Zone | Statue of Liberty | Los Angeles Zoo | Ape City (Caesar's City) | Ape City (East Coast) | Ape City (Terror) | Queensboro Plaza | Bellatrix | Council | Earth's Moon | Forbidden City | Grand Central Terminal | Jefferson Public School | Los Angeles | New York City | New York Stock Exchange | Orion | Queensboro Plaza | Radio City Music Hall | St. Patrick's Cathedral | Statue of Liberty | The Reef
Soundtrack Music
Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Beneath the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Escape from the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Battle for the Planet of the Apes (Soundtrack Album) | Music Of The Planet Of The Apes

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