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Space Chimps

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


When a $5 billion Space Agency probe disappears into an intergalactic wormhole, the agency recruits Ham III, grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, to help retrieve the wayward craft.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    34%
  • Audience Score
    33%

common sense

ON for kids age 4
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5

Kiddie space adventure cute, but no WALL-E.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated chimp comedy is straightforward and age-appropriate for the young kids it's targeted at. There's some mild peril on an alien planet (an alien tyrant terrorizes his fearful followers by threatening to permanently freeze them), but other than that, there's nothing that even the youngest viewers can't handle.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Ham doesn't take anything seriously at first. Is it difficult to live up to accomplished relatives? Kids: How does teamwork save the day? What else do the chimps learn in this movie? Families can also discuss whether the high standards set by Pixar's Oscar-winning movies have made other animated films less enjoyable. Do you expect more from animated movies now? Why or why not?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    34%
    reviews counted: 28
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  • Audience

    33%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: While candy-colored graphics should dazzle kids, Space Chimps has little draw for audiences spoiled by the Pixar-given knowledge that CGI can entertain -- and not just stupefy -- moviegoers of any age.

- Adam Markovitz, Entertainment Weekly, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Rotten:

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fresh: It'll keep the kids entertained for a while and give their parents a chuckle or two along the way.

- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Fun animated Space Chimps movie, kept me engaged. The jokes were funny enough. I liked how they thought at first the mission was just another training exercise. I liked the Herbie Hancock music. It was cool when they landed on the alien planet. Each of the chimps had different personalities. The animation budget was a bit crude, so the space effects weren't as beautiful, dynamic and believable as WALL-E.

- YosemiteSamFan, Friday, November 12, 2010

1 star

Chimps in space is a great idea for ananimated film. Chimps are just funny and a space setting should have contained enough excuses for bizarre and far out situations. Unfortunately Space Chimps is simply a poorly animated film with not enough content, story or laugh wise, to make it worth your time. There isn't even a single stand out character to keep you interested in a very mediocre plot which involves some aliens that all look the same, presumably because of a lack of imagination and budget. The voice talents are wellsuited but fail to bring life to stone dead facial features. It isn't terrible but with the likes of Wall-E and the works of Miyazaki propelling the animated genre into a new and more sophisticated domain this is simply a forgettable entry.

- kiriyamakazou, Friday, December 5, 2008

2 stars

Quite boring and routine. Even the animation was uninspired.

- thefog1331, Monday, December 1, 2008