Digital apes? No way, says director Burton

Planet of the Apes director Tim Burton says that he rejected early suggestions that he digitally render the apes in his movie because he feared losing the ape-human connection. In an interview appearing in Wednesday’s Toronto Star, Burton said, “Look, when I saw that first movie when I was 10,” he says, “I didn’t know anything about movies but I knew there was something primal and fascinating about real actors playing apes. In a way, that’s what the essential power of this material is all about. The connection between people and apes. That primal connection.”