Ape Week: O Trapalhao no Planalto dos Macacos (1976): The Brazilian “Planet of the Apes”

O Trapalhao no Planalto dos Macacos translates to A Tramp on the Plateau of the Apes and is part of a 1970’s series of Brazilian comedy films where The Tramps found their way to all sorts of situations and eventually other movies, such as The Wizard of Oz and Star Wars.

The Tramps are Didi, Dede, Mussum and Zacharias. Throughout the movie, they get in all manner of hijinks, starting when Didi and Dede are mistaken for jewel thieves. This leads them to a hot air balloon which brings them to a hillside where apes speak and treat men as slaves. Kind of like, you know, Planet of the Apes.

There’s even a Nova character, named Hula, and a Forbidden Zone, which kind of makes no sense as the rest of humanity hasn’t ended yet. That said, you should pretty much shut your brain off when watching this movie. It’s a silly Brazilian movie for kids that was made on a low budget and is all about making you laugh. It’s also worth noting that the human is very much Brazilan, so some of it won’t translate.

You can watch the whole thing below:

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