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"BENEATH" BACKGROUND GORILLA ensembles
Early on during the costume developement for PLANET OF THE APES, the GORILLA/RIDING boots were being completely fabricated in a similar fashion as the CHIMPS & ORANGUTAN shoes were being made. The early versions of the GORILLA BOOTS consisted of a leather "pipe" that was glued to a latex "skinned" polyfoam foot. That foot was molded over a VAN's type"deck shoe" style sneaker, many of which were purchased from SEARS (the SEARS "Jeepers®" model was used frequently used)
A treaded rubber or vinyl sole was then glued to the bottom of the boot foot to complete the basic construction. The boots were then painted to match the Gorilla leathers and faux buckles were added to complete the look.
The problems with this design became quite evident after the first sets were put into use. They felt apart! The pipes would tear away from the rubber foot. The glue held the leather pipe to the latex just fine, but the latex skin itself never bonded that well with the polyurethane foam castings, so in reality the latex skin would delaminate from the foam. With all of the horseback riding and stuntwork required of the Gorillas for the film, this design could not withstand the constant abuse the performers would be giving them during filming. They also experimented with a complete leather covering for the polyfoam footed boots (see photo below).
Another more practical
design was settled on and used in quantity for the gorillas.
Slip-cast rubber toes were added to readily available storebought
riding boots. Faux buckles and an additional leather sole contoured
to the unique two-toe design of the Gorilla feet were also added to the
final construction of the more common Gorilla footwear. Although
buckles might have fallen off from time to time, the boots never self destructed
like the scratch-built designs did.
The pair for sale here has never been painted, but
we can paint-to-match and add repro buckles if a buyer wants to complete
BACKGROUND RIFLE UPDATE:
THIS RIFLE HAS BEEN SOLD
CONQUEST CHIMPANZEE JUMPSUIT
Contact the APEMAN with questions.
has been TRADED November 2001
The NEW owner is not interested in parting with this item, but we thought we'd still keep the link and images posted for fans to enjoy.
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