Dr. Zaius goes ape for interspecies kiss in original 'Planet of the Apes'

A parody video promoting the big-screen release of the classic movie features everyone's favorite orangutan science minister.

Science fiction has broken new ground in many classic books and films. The 1968 kiss between Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura in a third-season "Star Trek" episode was considered daring at the time because it involved a white man and a black woman.

But in a parody video posted Monday to promote Fathom Events' nationwide showing of "Planet of the Apes" on July 24 and 28, orangutan science minister Dr. Zaius wants his 1968 film to get some historical credit too. In the short clip, Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz interviews Zaius (well, someone doing a darn good imitation -- movie actor Maurice Evans died in 1989) and asks him about the interspecies kiss between Charlton Heston's astronaut, Taylor, and the chimpanzee psychologist and veterinarian Dr. Zira.

The video's too short to spoil here, but if you're a "Planet of the Apes" fan, give it a watch. You'll even learn where Zira went to college.

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