For the Season K episode, see MST3K K17 - Time of the Apes.
For the Season 3 episode, see MST3K 306 - Time of the Apes.

Time of the Apes is a 1987 TV movie edited together from episodes of the 1974 Japanese TV series Saru no Gundan ("Army of the Apes").


A young boy and his sister visit their uncle's laboratory, where scientists are involved with ground-breaking experiments in the field of cryogenics. They have devised a system in which monkeys, and conceivably humans, can be flash-frozen for years and resuscitated later without any ill effects. While enjoying the grand tour with their uncle's assistant Catherine, a massive earthquake erupts and the three of them take refuge in the experimental cryogenic pods. A falling chunk of concrete hits the controls and begins the freezing process. When the trio awakens, they find themselves in a strange world where apes walk and talk like men and wield complete control of their own civilization. Soon they are running for their lives, pursued by an army of primates that has marked them for extermination. [1]


  • Catherine - Reiko Tokunaga / Liza Ross (voice)
  • Caroline - Hiroko Saito / Barbara Barnes (voice)
  • Johnny - Masaaki Kaji
  • Commander - Hitoshi Ômae
  • Gôdo - Tetsuya Ushio / Garrick Hagon
  • Gebâ - Baku Hatakeyama / Jesse Vogel (voice)
  • Pepe - Kazue Takita / Stacey Gregg (voice)
  • Bippu - Wataru Ômae


  • In the original Japanese, Catherine's name was Kazuko Izumi, Caroline was Yurika, and Johnny was Jirô Sakaki.
  • Baku Hatakeyama, who portrayed ape Chief of Police Gebâ, soon after gained more prominence and notability as Daita Ooiwa, the original Kirenger in the tokusatsu series Himitsu Sentai Gorenger (the series that became the predecessor of the Super Sentai franchise and Power Rangers). He committed suicide in 1978 out of fears of his typecasting.
  • Prime Minister Bippu was portrayed by actor Wataru Ômae, who likewise had several Super Sentai roles, most notably Demon King Banriki in Denshi Sentai Denziman

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