Ape Escape (shorts)

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Ape Escape
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レッチュ ゲッチュ サルゲッチュ
(Ju Retsu Saru Getchu)
GenreAction, Adventure, Comedy-drama
Anime television series
Directed byYorifusa Yamaguchi
StudioShogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment
Original networkTV Tokyo
Original run April 2002 September 2002
Anime film
Ape Escape: Battle for the Golden Pipo Helmet
Directed byYorifusa Yamaguchi
StudioShogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment
Sony Computer Entertainment
ReleasedAugust 17, 2002
Runtime22 minutes
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Ape Escape, known in Japan as Excited Saru Getchu (レッチュ ゲッチュ サルゲッチュ, Ju Retsu Saru Getchu), is a series of computer-generated anime shorts produced by Shogakukan Music & Digital Entertainment and Sony Computer Entertainment for TV Tokyo in 2002. It is based on the Ape Escape video game series, with the characters and designs based on Ape Escape 2 in particular. The series consists of 76 45-second shorts that aired as part of the Oha Suta variety program in Japan.[1] In 2004, three of these shorts were dubbed into English and aired in the inaugural Nicktoons Film Festival.[2] One of the festival's founders, Frederator Studios, would later produce their own series of Ape Escape shorts in 2009.

A 22-minute movie based on the series, entitled Ape Escape The Movie: Battle for the Golden Pipo Helmet (劇場版サルゲッチュ 黄金のピポヘル・ウッキーバト), was released on August 17, 2002 in Japan. The film was attached to Beyblade: Fierce Battle and produced with assistance by Polygon Pictures.[3][4]

Sony Computer Entertainment released a DVD featuring the entire series of shorts, as well as the movie on December 19, 2002 in Japan. The DVD came with a "Yappari Saru Get Chu" dance instruction video, and an exclusive Afrosaru trading card.[5]


  1. ^ "Sony Computer Entertainment Characters Goods". Sony Computer Entertainment Japan. November 11, 2002. Archived from the original on February 11, 2005. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  2. ^ "The Nicktoons Film Festival Announcements". Animation Magazine. 2004. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  3. ^ "「ベイブレード THE MOVIE 激闘!! タカオVS大地」 同時上映「劇場版 サルゲッチュ 黄金のピポヘル・ウッキーバトル」 完成披露試写会". Toho. August 11, 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
  4. ^ "Polygon Pictures Inc". Polygon Pictures. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  5. ^ "SCEI、全76話に劇場版、ダンス教室も収録 DVD「アニメでゲッチュ サルゲッチュ【映画+TV!】」". Game Watch. November 11, 2002. Retrieved 2013-03-02.

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