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TV Shows - Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp

In 1970, eager to . ..ape "Planet of the Apes", "Get Smart" and even "The Monkees", this live action series debuted as a Saturday morning offering with the concept of a world exactly as ours was supposed to be but with the twist that there had never been any humans in existence- but chimpanzees and a few higher primates doing human roles. The title character was a top agent for the A.P.E [Agency to Prevent Evil] assisted by his girlfriend Mati Hairi with both working under the guidance of their chief named Darwin. But they never could rest due to the menacing rival organization called C.H.U.M.P. [Criminal Headquarters for the Underworld's Master Plan] headed by the evil [what else?] Baron von Butcher who had plenty of help including the sneaky genius Dr. Strangemind, the imperious, snobby Duchess and the wily wannabee Oriental femme fatale Dragon Woman. But Lancelot and Mati's existences weren't entirely without diversions as Lancelot was the lead singer for the rising rock group in Beatles attire and wigs called the Evolution Revolution. Yet even this was actually a crafty cover to pass secret vital messages via the lyrics. All the characters were played by costumed chimpanzees with an occasional orangutan thrown in who 'spoke' via mimicking human off-camera directors, chewing gum and, in Lancelot's own case peanut butter. These were all dubbed by veteran voice actors who often had to oddly draw out syllables when the performers went more ape than otherwise. Oh, and more than one viewer has considered that the theme sounded somewhat similar to 'Hey, Hey! We're the Monkees'. So was it linked to fishbones or was it bananas enough to have appeal [a peel]?

Wikipedia Link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lancelot_Link%2C_Secret_Chimp
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1 Man, that was a FUN one. OK, for my preteen self it was fun but seeing clips as an adult, I understand it was a bit dumb. However; I have to give props to the trainers to somehow get those primates to perform their roles for what they were worth- without getting their own arms torn off as chimpanzees are surprisingly strong! I'm not sure it would work today nor would it be worth the risk to both the performers and trainers well beings to attempt it but it was a good curio for the time! -- Submitted By: (Pelirojo) on November 24, 2012, 3:12 pm - (0 votes) - Login to Vote

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