Space Chimps (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Kirk De Micco

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SVD1204: Features: -Blu-Ray.-Genre: Children's video.-Screen Format: WS.-Rating: G.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209194636
UPC 024543546757
UPC 14 00024543546757
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/2/2010
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animals
Animated Characters
Children
Family (General)
Space
Space Exploration
Space Travel
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Circus monkey Ham III (voiced by Andy Samberg) works in a circus where he's regularly shot from a canon but he still lives in the shadow of his father's legacy (Ham I was the first chimp shot into space in 1961). A natural born rebel against authority, Ham the third is initially reluctant to go on a dangerous space mission to rescue a lost space probe, but away he goes, for lots of RIGHT STUFF-style astro-training alongside two highly prepared chimps, Luna and Titan (Cheryl Hines and Patrick Warburton). NASA's by-the-book methods jar with Ham's mischief-making of course, but once the space training ends, the mission begins, with myriad dangers along the way, including: a big-toothed monster and a run amok alien named Zartog (Jeff Daniels) whose harnessed the previous space probe for world-domination purposes, all good opportunities for Ham III to redeem himself. Despite all the fangs, parents shouldn't worry too much; not a hair on any chimp is seriously singed, and along the pratfall strewn way there's time for lessons about responsibility and realization of one's full potential. While the animation here is not quite up to Pixar level, it's still pretty and colorful, with a pleasing Candyland quality to the alien planet surface. Samberg brings a savvy zest to his vocal duties as the Ham, Stanley Tucci is a nefarious senator and--getting big laughs with flawlessly deadpan elan--Patrick Breen as one of the trio of egghead scientists. Kird De Micco directed; based on the computer video game.
Reviews
Los Angeles Times "It's a perfectly acceptable family entertainment, with cute monkeys...self-empowerment and the eye-popping animation we've come to take for granted." 07/18/2008
New York Times "SPACE CHIMPS is hilarious....A child-friendly tale laced with deadpan asides for grown-up and delivered by top-notch voice actors." 07/18/2008
Directors
Kirk De Micco
Actors
Name Samberg,Andy
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Cast & Crew
Kirk De Micco - Story
Stanley Tucci - Voice
Jeff Daniels - Voice
Chris Bacon - Composer
Jane Lynch - Voice
Omid Abtahi - Voice
Cheryl Hines - Voice
Barry Sonnenfeld - Producer
John H. Williams - Producer
Kirk De Micco - Screenwriter
Andy Samberg - Voice
Kenan Thompson - Voice
Kristin Chenoweth - Voice
Kath Soucie - Voice
Blue Man Group - Music
Patrick Breen - Voice
Patrick Warburton - Voice
Carlos Alazraqui - Voice
Rob Moreland - Screenwriter
Kirk De Micco - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 2254675
UPC 00024543546757
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 81 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Reviews
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review There are many concepts that work wonderfully in theory: communism, nuclear energy, monkeys in outer space. Sadly, just like their theoretical counterparts, very few successful practical examples exist. With a title like Space Chimps, one assumes a genial farce in which accident prone apes--opposable thumbs and all--cause chaos within a high-tech setting. Instead, Quest for Camelot scribe Kirk De Micco (here co-writing and directing) decides to go the blockbuster route. We want simian hijinks. Instead, we're offered a staid adventure with messages about courage, self-esteem, and living up to your potential...Space Chimps is a whiplash reminder of how CGI animation continues to cannibalize itself. Instead of finding new ways to employ the medium--as in the Shaw Bros.-inspired Kung Fu Panda, or the future-shock sweetness of WALL-E--this derivative big screen babysitter aims low and still manages to underachieve. In fact, this lax cartoon cavalcade avoids most of the format's flaws (stunt-voice casting, rampant pop culture riffing) and yet finds a way to be unoriginal...It consistently goes for the cheap laughs, mining way too many jokes out of puns, pratfalls, and the occasional reference to poop (these are apes, after all). The adventure is aimless and the feel-good message is mired in homogenized hokum. Extraterrestrial monkeys would appear to be an entertainment no-brainer. This movie took that maxim literally.
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Reviewer Bill Gibron
ReviewRating 5
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Samberg,Andy
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle Who doesn't love an animated, anthropomorphized-chimpanzee-starring, sci-fi romantic comedy?
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times Delightful from beginning to end.

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