A four image banner, (left-to-right) starting with The Monkey from Toy Story 3 looking to the right, followed by King Louie from The Jungle Book sitting on a chair laughing with his hands up in the air, followed by a closeup of Caesar from Planet of the Apes, and lastly all the way to the left is The White Apes from John Carter, looking menacing as it stomps on the ground in middle of an arena.

Our Favorite Disney Monkeys and Apes

By Sohrab Osati

With Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes coming exclusively to theaters on Friday, May 10, it feels like a good time to visit all the wonderful, mischievous, and downright wacky monkeys and apes from the worlds of Disney!

From the White Apes of Barsoom to Abu and Monty Fiske, we think you’ll see the appeal… in all of them!

King Louie, from The Jungle Book, is sitting and laughing on a stone throne-like chair in the middle of the jungle with bananas, some already eaten, all around.

King Louie
The Jungle Book (1967)
Always having a swinging good time, King Louie is an ambitious but laid-back orangutan who wants to become human. He believes that capturing Mowgli and learning the secret of fire will help him achieve this goal.

Abu, from Aladdin, is smiling and looking mischievous as he offers the magic lamp.

Aladdin (1992)
Abu, Aladdin’s loyal, feisty pet monkey, has a taste for mischief and shiny objects, which sometimes gets him into trouble. Despite his small size, Abu’s big personality plays a key role in Aladdin’s adventures throughout the city of Agrabah.

Rafiki, from The Lion King, is sitting on the ground eating a piece of fruit as he looks into an upside-down turtle shell.

The Lion King (1994)

Rafiki is a wise and mystical mandrill who serves as the shaman of the Pride Lands. Known for his deep spiritual insights, Rafiki ensures Simba achieves his destiny as king while banging on a head or two with his staff.

Kala, from Tarzan, is looking sad inside of a cabin.

Tarzan (1999)
Kala is a kind-hearted gorilla who rescues and raises the left-behind human child who would become known as Tarzan as her own son. Her nurturing and understanding nature bridges the gap between Tarzan and his gorilla family.

With trees in the background, Terk, from Tarzan, is smiling.

Tarzan (1999)
Terk, short for Terkina, is a spirited and bossy gorilla who has been Tarzan’s best friend since childhood. She is protective of him and, despite her tough exterior, cares deeply about Tarzan’s well-being.

Lord Monkey Fist, from Kim Possible, dressed in an all-black  traditional martial arts outfit looks unamused at Kim and Ron while crossing his arms.

Lord Monkey Fist
Kim Possible (2002-2007)
Born Monty Fiske, Lord Monkey Fist is a recurring villain that always remembers Ron’s name! From being a British nobleman and renowned archaeologist to becoming obsessed with monkeys and mastering Tai Shing Pek Kwar, Monkey Fist believes himself to be a destined monkey master.

With three different security monitors, each with four camera feeds, The Monkey from Toy Story 3 looks at Woody who appears to be concerned.

The Monkey
Toy Story 3 (2010)
“I’m watching you,” except, instead of it being Roz, it’s none other than the Lotso security guard with a pair of cymbals that’s on the lookout for any runaway toys! Between the loud screeching noise and those crashing cymbals, The Monkey is one to be wary of.

In Planet of the Apes, Caesar looks to his left with a strong gaze.

Planet of the Apes series (2011, 2014, 2017)

Raised by humans, Caesar gains enhanced intelligence from a drug designed to cure Alzheimer’s, which leads him to question his place in the world. As he grows, he fights for the rights and freedom of his fellow apes against human oppression and evolves into the wise, compassionate leader of the ape uprising, seeking peace and understanding between species.

From John Carter, two massive White Apes are in the middle of a coliseum carved from rocks in Mars and running toward John Carter who is pulling on a massive metal chain.

White Apes
John Carter (2012)

As tall as 15 feet, the White Ape is the most terrifying creature that resides on Mars (so you name it and think you know it). With a total of four massive arms, these powerful beasts have no rival on Barsoom and are feared even by the greatest Jeddaks.

A painting above a stone fireplace with Albert the Monkey who is hugging Lord Henry. A stone monkey statue is to the left of the painting while to the right are two stone statues with one monkey standing behind a sitting monkey.

Albert the Monkey
Mystic Manor (2013)

Lord Henry’s pet and traveling companion, Albert the Monkey’s mischievous side is what brings everything to life when he opens an enchanted music box in Mystic Manor at Hong Kong Disneyland.

Meet the Characters of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

Meet the Characters of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes

From Noa to Proximus Caesar and Mae, meet the characters of Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes.

So grab a banana (or some popcorn!) and head to a theater near you to see Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes. While you’re at it, let us know your favorite Disney monkey or ape on your social platform of choice using #D23!