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Funky Monkey

2004
Funky Monkey

This 2004 comedy was directed by Harry Basil and stars Matthew Modine and Seth Adkins.

This film features a CIA agent and martial arts instructor named Jack McCAll who is teaching Clemens, a chimpanzee at a testing laboratory, martial arts. McCall steals Clemens after finding out the lab is going to abuse him. He then teams up with Michael Dean, an intelligent schoolboy, to liberate Clemens and take down the animal testing lab.

 


MXP: Most Extreme Primate

2003
MXP: Most Extreme Primate

In the final installment of the MVP trilogy, Jack the chimpanzee (played by Bernie and Louie the chimpanzees) gives up hockey and skateboarding to learn snowboarding.

Starring Robby Benson and Devin Douglas Drewitz.

Bernie and Louie have since both been retired from the entertainment industry and have been transferred to the Oakland Zoo and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, respectively.


Spymate

2003
Spymate

Spymate is a 2003 Canadian film starring Emma Roberts and directed by Robert Vince.  Three chimpanzees (Louie, Jack Jr. and Conner) were used interchangeably to portray the hero role of Minkey in this film.  Louie, who had learned to skateboard and snowboard for his role in the MVP movie series, used these skills in this movie as well.

Louie and Jack have since been retired from the entertainment industry and are currently living at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.


28 Days Later

2003
28 Days Later

This apocolyptic thriller opens with animal activists invading a laboratory with the intention of releasing chimpanzees that are undergoing experimentation, infected by a virus that causes intense rage.

The film was directed by Danny Boyle and filmed almost entirely on location in London, England.  The credits list Sylvia and Thomas Hudlemaier as the "chimpanzee trainers".


MVP2: Most Vertical Primate

2002
MVP2: Most Vertical Primate

The second of the MVP series following the fictional exploits of Jack, the chimpanzee who played hockey in MVP: Most Valuable Primate (2000).  Here Jack (played by Bernie and Louie the chimpanzee "actors"), turns in his skates for a skateboard.


Starring Richard Karn, Cameron Bancroft and directed by Robert Vince.

Bernie and Louie have since been retired from the entertainment industry and are currently living at Oakland Zoo and Maryland Zoo in Baltimore, respectively.


Race to Space

2001
Race to Space

Race to Space is a family drama film shot on location at Cape Canaveral and Edwards Air Force Base in cooperation with NASA and the U.S. Air Force. The film chronicles the adventure of a NASA scientist's son as he befriends a chimpanzee astronaut.  The chimpanzee, named Mac, is roughly based on the real-life chimpanzee astronaut, Ham, who travelled into space as part of the Mercury missions in the 1960's.  Mac was played by a chimpanzee actor named Tyler owned by Steve Martin's Working Wildlife.

The film starred James Woods and was directed by Sean McNamara.


Planet of the Apes (2001)

2001
Planet of the Apes (2001)

Planet of the Apes is a 2001 science fiction film and a remake of the 1968 film of the same name.  The film was directed by Tim Burton and starred Mark Wahlberg, Paul Giamatti, Tim Roth and Helena Bonham Carter.  Though the majority of the film featured human actors in extensive prosthetic makeup, two live chimpanzee "actors" (Jake and Jonah) played the role of a chimpanzee astronaut named Pericles.  In an earlier scene, a group of trainee chimpanzees appear in a laboratory (played by Kenuzy, Bella, Chubbs, Ellie, Mowgli, Sam, Maggie, Tango, Bam Bam, and Geri).

Jake, Jonah, Kenuzy, Bella, Ellie, Mowgli, Sam, Maggie, Tango, Bam Bam, and Geri are no longer in the entertainment business and now all reside at the Center for Great Apes in Wauchula, Florida.


The Animal

2001
The Animal

In this Sony pictures comedy starring Rob Schneider, the lead character receives several animal parts as organ transplants and finds himself with animal like qualities.  A young chimpanzee "actor" makes several appearances in the film: dancing, wearing a dress, and holding the hand of the protagonist during surgery.


MVP: Most Valuable Primate

2000
MVP: Most Valuable Primate

The first of what turned out to be a trilogy of films featuring a chimpanzee (actually several chimpanzee actors) able to play hockey, skateboard, and snowboard.

In this film, Jack, a chimpanzee, ends up in a small Canadian town where he joins the local ice hockey team and turns around their fortunes.

Starring Russell Ferrier and Lomax Study and featuring chimpanzees Bernie and Louie who were trained to skate for the film.

Bernie and Louie have since been retired from the entertainment industry and are currently living at the Oakland Zoo and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.


Two Heads Are Better Than None

2000
Two Heads Are Better Than None

In this teen comedy, staring Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell of Nickelodeon's "Kenan & Kel", a chimpanzee entertainer dressed in clothing plays the piano on a stage for a cheering, dancing crowd.