Orangutans, two species of great apes indigenous to Indonesia and Malaysia, have been the subject of multiple popular culture references. The Republic of Indonesia ( (Republik Indonesia is a Country in Southeast Asia. For the biogeographical region see Malesia Malaysia (məˈleɪʒə or /məˈleɪziə/ is a country that consists of thirteen states and Popular culture (or pop culture) is the Culture — patterns of human activity and the symbolic structures that give such activities significance and importance —
- Ah Meng (b. Ah Meng (circa 18 June 1960 &ndash 8 February 2008) ( Chinese: 阿明 was a female Sumatran Orangutan and a tourism icon 1960), Sumatran Orangutan of Singapore
- Ken Allen (1971-2000) was a Bornean orangutan at the San Diego Zoo known for his escape artistry. Ken Allen was the name given to a Bornean orangutan at the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo in Balboa Park, San Diego, California is one of the largest most progressive Zoos in the world with over 4000 animals He unscrewed bolts with his fingers, reached around things and climbed steep walls to find temporary freedom. When keepers discovered and closed one of his escape routes he would find another. At least once he was found out among zoo visitors and was led by the hand to a keeper by a visitor. Ken Allen died in 2000. 
Orangutans as villains
An early example of orangutans in English literature is one of Edgar Allan Poe's most famous stories, "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," which featured a murderous orangutan. The orangutans are two Species of great apes known for their intelligence long arms and reddish-brown hair Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849 was an American poet, short-story Writer, editor and Literary critic, " The Murders in the Rue Morgue " is a Short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841 Orangutans also play a prominent role in Poe's short story "Hop-Frog. " Hop-Frog " (originally " Hop-Frog Or the Eight Chained Ourangoutangs " is a Short story by American writer Edgar Allan Poe, first published " Later examples offer a more civilized ape: in 1967, Walt Disney produced a film version of The Jungle Book, and added an orangutan King Louie who wanted the power of "man's red fire". The Jungle Book is a 1967 animated Feature Film, released on October 18 1967. King Louie is a fictional Orangutan who kidnaps Mowgli in Disney 's 1967 animated musical adaptation of The The next year, Planet of the Apes featured orangutan administrators and politicians ruling over the other apes and treating humans as vermin. Planet of the Apes is a 1968 Science fiction / thriller film directed by Franklin J
Orangutans as pets and guardians
The flexible form of the orangutan is put to use, as in Terry Pratchett's Discworld with The Librarian, a human shapechanged into an orangutan. Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948 is an English fantasy, Science fiction, and children's author. Discworld is a comedic Fantasy Book series by the British author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat The Librarian of Unseen University is a character in Terry Pratchett 's Discworld series of fantasy novels Orangutans become pets (as in Every Which Way But Loose), friends (as in Dunston Checks In) and even guardians, as in Nickelodeon's The Wild Thornberrys, where they raise a human child. Dunston Checks In is a 1996 film starring Jason Alexander, Eric Lloyd, Faye Dunaway Nickelodeon (commonly referred to as Nick) is an American Cable television network owned by Viacom International, founded in 1977 as Pinwheel The Wild Thornberrys is an American Animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1998 to 2004
Use in entertainment
Young captive orangutans have been used in films, TV and advertising.
The Clint Eastwood movies Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can featured an orangutan named Clyde who died shortly after the latter film was made. Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr (born May 31 1930 is a four-time Academy Award winning American Actor and Filmmaker. Every Which Way But Loose is a 1978 US motion picture released by Warner Brothers, produced by Robert Daley and directed by Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 Comedy movie starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith An assistant trainer admitting beating Clyde with a cane and ax handle, which was not illegal at the time. 
The television soap opera Passions used an orangutan named BamBam for the character of Precious, a nurse. Television ( TV) is a widely used Telecommunication medium for sending ( Broadcasting) and receiving moving Images, either monochromatic A soap opera is an ongoing episodic work of Fiction, usually broadcast on Television or Radio. Passions is an American television Soap opera created by The following are minor but notable Fictional characters on the NBC / DirecTV Soap opera Passions whose connections to the four major Baby orangutans have also been used in television commercials for companies such as Ask.com, Capital One and Visa. Askcom is a Search engine. It is a business division of IAC Search & Media, and was founded in 1996 by Garrett Gruener and David Warthen Capital One Financial Corp ( is a McLean Virginia -based Bank holding company specializing in Credit cards, home loans, Auto loans
Entertainer Bobby Berosini used several orangutans in his Las Vegas act until he was videotaped beating the animals back stage. Bobby Berosini, the professional name for Bohumil Berousek, is a Czech -born American entertainer best known for his long-running show involving live  Animal rights group PETA publicized a videotape of the abuse and entered into a long series of lawsuits with Berosini who eventually was denied permission to keep these endangered species by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. "Animal liberation" redirects here for other uses see Animal liberation (disambiguation. 
Orangutans in specific works of fiction
- Disney's 1967 animated musical adaptation of The Jungle Book added an orangutan called King Louie to Rudyard Kipling's original cast of anthropomorphic characters. The Jungle Book is a 1967 animated Feature Film, released on October 18 1967. The Jungle Book (1894 is a collection of stories written by Rudyard Kipling. King Louie is a fictional Orangutan who kidnaps Mowgli in Disney 's 1967 animated musical adaptation of The Joseph Rudyard Kipling (30 December 1865 – 18 January 1936 was an English Author and poet Anthropomorphism is the attribution of uniquely Human characteristics to non-human creatures and beings natural and supernatural phenomena material states and objects He also appeared in the the Disney Channel's Talespin, but is only referred to as "Louie. For the Disney Channel in other countries see Disney Channel around the world. TaleSpin is a half-hour American animated television series that first aired in 1990 as part of The Disney Afternoon, with characters "
- Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of fantasy novels feature an orangutan as The Librarian of the Unseen University. Terence David John Pratchett, OBE (born 28 April 1948 is an English fantasy, Science fiction, and children's author. Discworld is a comedic Fantasy Book series by the British author Terry Pratchett, set on the Discworld, a flat Fantasy is a Genre that uses magic and other Supernatural forms as a primary element of plot, theme, and/or setting A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story The Librarian of Unseen University is a character in Terry Pratchett 's Discworld series of fantasy novels Unseen University (UU is a school of wizardry in Terry Pratchett's fictional Discworld city of Ankh-Morpork, staffed by a faculty
- The orangutan Clyde is Clint Eastwood's pet sidekick in the film Every Which Way But Loose and its sequel Any Which Way You Can. Clinton "Clint" Eastwood Jr (born May 31 1930 is a four-time Academy Award winning American Actor and Filmmaker. Any Which Way You Can is a 1980 Comedy movie starring Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Geoffrey Lewis, William Smith
- In the film Dunston Checks In, a young boy befriends a larcenous orangutan in a luxury hotel. Dunston Checks In is a 1996 film starring Jason Alexander, Eric Lloyd, Faye Dunaway
- In the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, the protagonists rescue an orangutan from an animal testing laboratory. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a 2001 film written by directed by and starring Kevin Smith, the fifth to be set in his View Askewniverse
- In Nickelodeon's The Wild Thornberrys, the character Donnie was raised by orangutans a for a while after his parents were killed by poachers. Nickelodeon (commonly referred to as Nick) is an American Cable television network owned by Viacom International, founded in 1977 as Pinwheel The Wild Thornberrys is an American Animated television series that aired on Nickelodeon from 1998 to 2004
- In Nickelodeon's Drake and Josh, Drake bought an orangutan named Bobo from a car dealership then sold it to a man who meant to eat him. Nickelodeon (commonly referred to as Nick) is an American Cable television network owned by Viacom International, founded in 1977 as Pinwheel Drake & Josh is an American sitcom shown on the Nickelodeon television network, starring the two stepbrothers Drake Parker ( Drake Bell
- In the Futurama episode "The Problem with Popplers", Zap Brannigan fooled aliens into eating an orangutan in order to save Leela. Futurama is an Emmy Award -winning animated American sitcom created by Matt Groening, and developed by Groening and "The Problem with Popplers" is episode 15 in season 2 of Futurama. Major General Webelo (later Commander) Zapp Brannigan is a Fictional character in the television series Futurama, voiced
- In Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Raoul Duke is interested in buying an orangutan but later in the book it attacks people and is taken away. Raoul Duke was the Pseudonym used by Hunter S Thompson for the Fictional character based on him in his Autobiographical novel Fear
- In the Rob Schneider movie The Animal, Rob's character gets involved in a slapping fight and eventually wrestles with an orangutan. The Animal is a 2001 Comedy film, directed by Luke Greenfield.
Many other animals have the same appropriation for comedic and effect in many cultures.
- Pollock, Mary S. and Catherine Rainwater (eds). Figuring Animals: Essays on Animal Images in Art, Literature, Philosophy & Popular Culture. Palgrave Macmillan, ISBN 1-403-96512-9. Macmillan Publishers Ltd, also known as The Macmillan Group, is a privately-held International Publishing company owned by Georg von Holtzbrinck
- Rothfels, Nigel. (2002) Representing animals. Indiana University Press, ISBN 100-2-53-21551-X. Indiana University Press, also known as IU Press, is a Publishing house at Indiana University that engages in Academic publishing, specializing
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