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 forty-five second shorts that aired as part of the Oha Suta variety program in Japan. In 2004, three of these shorts were dubbed into English and aired in the inaugural Nicktoons Film Festival. 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.
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.