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Space Chimps (2008)

Jeff Daniels , Jane Lynch , Kirk De Micco  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeff Daniels, Jane Lynch, Stanley Tucci, Patrick Warburton, Kenan Thompson
  • Directors: Kirk De Micco
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F7Q4J8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Space Chimps" on IMDb

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From the producers of Shrek comes the hysterical animated family comedy about an astronaut chimp who must save the world. Fun computer-animated sci-fi tale focuses on Ham III (voiced by Andy Samberg)--the grandson of the first chimpanzee ever sent into space--who gets chosen to join the crew assigned to track down a missing probe. Travelling to a distant galaxy, Ham III and fellow chimps Titan (Patrick Warburton) and Luna (Cheryl Hines) must help the citizens of a far-off planet defeat the evil tyrant Zartog (Jeff Daniels). Also features the voices of Kristin Chenoweth, Kenan Thompson.

Youngsters probably don't know that a long time ago, chimpanzees were sent into space in NASA rockets before astronauts got the chance to go. But they will certainly know more about that historical fact after seeing the very clever and funny Space Chimps, a computer-animated film in which primates are sent off-planet once again by a space agency. When a probe from Earth gets zapped into a wormhole and ends up in the hands of a wannabe tyrant (voiced by Jeff Daniels) on a distant planet, a chimp crew is thrust in that same direction to see what's up. The simian team includes a by-the-book commander (Patrick Warburton), a brilliant scientist (Cheryl Hines), and a wild card named Ham III (Andy Samberg), a circus chimp whose grandfather happened to be an astronaut legend in the old space program. The script by Kirk De Micco and Robert Moreland is like a string of lighted firecrackers: rapid-fire puns, wisecracks, and blink-and-you'll-miss-them visual gags that will appeal to every age. De Micco, making his directorial debut, keeps the comic engine humming, but he also supervises radically different art direction schemes underscoring how different Earth is from the Seussian-like planet on which Ham and the other visitors find themselves. Ratcheting up the humor even more are three NASA-nerds harboring party animals within their pocket-protector-covered hearts, and a funny performance by Stanley Tucci (Big Night) as an imperious senator. --Tom Keogh

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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Chimp My Ride September 20, 2008
Titan: Are you in aluminum clothes?
Ham III: Yes.
Titan: Are you in a rocket?
Ham III: Yes
Titan: In outer space?
Ham III: Yes.
Titan: Are you David Bowie?
Ham III: Uh... no.

Short Attention Span Summary (SASS):

1. NASA loses probe in wormhole
2. To account for losing the billion dollar probe, they plan to send a billion dollar space craft after it, piloted by a team of chimps
3. To get full media coverage, they decide to send a celebrity chimp, and since Lance Bass wasn't available, they choose Ham III (voiced by Andy Samberg)
4. Ham III is the grandson of Ham I (I bet you figured that out on your own), the first chimp in space, III being currently employed as a simian cannonball with a circus.
5. Ham III, Lt. Luna (Cheryl Hines), and Commander Titan (Patrick Warburton) become space chimps
6. Lots of monkey business follows as the intrepid team go boldly where no chimp has gone before, to an inhabited planet ruled by cold-hearted Dictator Zartog (Jeff Daniels)
7. This is actually a much better movie than it sounds

This underrated cartoon is actually a lot funnier than you'd think. The animation won't make Pixar lose any sleep, but is pretty good anyway, and the humor will tickle your funny bone without ever once resorting to lowbrow potty jokes. [Note: Beware of the puns]

Although not in the class of Wall-E or Finding Nemo, this is one that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Rated: 3.5 stars

Amanda Richards, September 20, 2008
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! November 2, 2008
By Mabel
Took my girls to see this movie over the summer - loved it. We're still using the lines "Permission to speak" "Permission Granted" "You're a dork". We had fun. It's a good family movie. I probably laughed more than they did!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Silly Animated Show January 3, 2009
A dad, a 17 year old, and a 12 year got a lot of laughs out of this show. No it's not high animation, it's not some fantastic film, it's just silly. This one is in the same vein as Kronk - The Emperor's New Clothes. The voices are rather good and well chosen. You have to check reality at the door, nothing in this is plausible. Just enjoy the ride. It's funny. And the number of laughs is why I rated Space Chimps so high.

Patrick Warburton is really a great choice for Titan the big dumb astronaut. Patrick's voice is recognizable. Kristin Chenoweth (West Wing and Pushing Dasies) is wonderfully annoying as a little glow head Killowatt. Andy Samberg (Current Saturday Night Live, the kid with the big curly hair) as the lead chimp is a well chosen voice. Stanley Tucci appears as a stupid senator. Keenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live) makes a cameo as the circus ringleader. And Jeff Daniels does a great job as the evil Zartog or Zartig.

The DVD is rated G. There is way more offensive and complex cartoons on daytime television. Oh yeah, some young children might miss the satire, or references to the space program and certain movies - but there's a ton of adults that miss that too. There's more than enough slapstick here to entertain most everyone. We all enjoyed this one a bunch.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a cartoon people! April 2, 2009
I have to laugh when people write that the characters are bad role models. Um...HELLO. If your children are getting their role models from the television, your in trouble. Period.

This is a funny movie. Silly, crude at moments, and displays an array of emotions that my children understood. Everyone in our house laughed. It was also a great opportunity to teach our children about the space program and how it evolved.

If nothing else, the children adore Patrick Warburton (sp?). AKA Kronk.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Under-appreciated Gem September 7, 2010
It's true what they say: Stick with your opinion even if it isn't fashionable. And such is my feelings for Space Chimps. I thoroughly enjoyed this animated feature. It had everything I look for (intelligence, humor, an interesting plot, crisp visuals) in an animated feature without going overboard as is so often the temptation with this type of film.

Then, before coming online to share my own approval of the picture, I made the mistake of browsing what others (amateur critics especially) had to say about it. The fact is, not a whole lot of good! Now I'm not suggesting that their nay-saying swayed my opinion any, I am however rather surprised that mine was the popular consensus as I tour any and all animated features from Pixar's blush-worthy budgeted blockbusters to some of the quietest little releases to hit the States (Pinocchio 3000 and The Snurks for example) and feel Space Chimps offers a lot to love. Both the New York Times and Roger Ebert heaped praise upon it however. Is it possible that it demands a certain level of intelligence to fully appreciate this one? Who can say for sure?

The tale tells of a hi-tech earthen space probe that veers off course thanks to an unexpected riff in the space-time continuum (that's a worm hole to you and me). It ends up on an uncharted planet, the likes of which is too distant and uncharted to risk sending a crew of human beings for retrieval. The solution presents itself by looking at our own past (and how we used to do things); a team of NASA chimpanzees is assigned the retrieval mission.

Chimps, it turns out, can communicate with one another as clearly as we human beings can but to us their language appears little more than chirps squeaks and hand gestures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a fun little movie
It's a fun little movie. I first watched it with my 4-year-old nephew, and he loved it. In school, we can only show G rated movies, and my sixth graders also liked it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dakini Jun
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie. Plenty of action and fun.
Published 2 months ago by Richard Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by Allen
5.0 out of 5 stars Kid Friendly - Parent Approved
The kids loved this movie - Very Kid Friendly and definitely worth the price to add to the kids dvd collection
Published 3 months ago by David E
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 3 months ago by Kiyoko Teed
5.0 out of 5 stars My son is obsessed with this movie
My 4 year old son absolutely loves this movie and also Space Chimps 2. We have watched both about 15 times. I find them a little silly but I'm not the target audience!
Published 4 months ago by Kozmonaut
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Entertaining.
Very Entertaining movie, and isn't that what it's all about? I'm not sure what the target audience was supposed to be, but I could see where kids might enjoy it as well as adults. Read more
Published 5 months ago by FloridaDrafter
5.0 out of 5 stars favorite
My kids love this movie! We had it before and it got broken, they missed it so much that I ordered this one. Their ages range 4-16 and this movie is enjoyed by them all
Published 6 months ago by BVernon
3.0 out of 5 stars "Furious George."
This cartoon can't get past its low-low-low-budget look or the pedestrian story.
A wise cracking smart aleck circus chimp (voiced by Andy Samberg) is tricked into accompanying... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Einsatz
5.0 out of 5 stars Cute Movie
This is a great movie for both kids and adults. Funny with an adventurous plot and great cast. I thought it was underrated in the mainstream movie realm. Watch it!
Published 9 months ago by Monty Python
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