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Sunday, July 27, 2008

Space Chimps

Space Chimps
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Starring: Andy Samberg ... Ham III (voice)

Cheryl Hines ... Luna (voice)

Jeff Daniels ... Zartog (voice)

Patrick Warburton ... Titan (voice)

Kristin Chenoweth ... Kilowatt (voice)

Kenan Thompson ... Ringmaster (voice)

Carlos Alazraqui ... Houston (voice)

Zack Shada ... Comet (voice)

Omid Abtahi ... Dr. Jagu (voice)

Patrick Breen ... Dr. Bob (voice)

Synopsis: Ham III, the grandson of the first chimp astronaut, is blasted off into space by an opportunity-seeking senator. Soon, the fun-loving chimp has to get serious about the mission at hand: Rid a far-away planet of their nefarious leader. Fortunately for Ham III, two of his simian peers are along for the ride. Written by IMDb Editors

Two NASA chimps that are sent to a galaxy far, far away. One chimp has "The Right Stuff," and the other, a good natured goofball, has "The Wrong Stuff." The simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his crewmates, the fearless Lt. Luna and their uptight commander, Titan, risk everything in an effort to save the peaceful inhabitants of a distant planet from the evil dictator Zartog. Written by Anthony Pereyra {}


Journalism is all about having the courage to write the truth even if it will get you mocked by your relatives and co-workers, so here goes: “Space Chimps” is hilarious.

Yes, the name combined with the G rating might have parents thinking they should stay in the car while the kiddies go into the theater, but that would be a mistake. It would, among other things, cause them to miss one of the better one-liners of the summer, the capper in a string of chimp puns delivered by a title character. Waiting to read it here? You’ll wait a long time.

If “Wall-E” pushes the boundaries of what can be done in an animated movie, “Space Chimps” proves that the old formula is still pretty effective when executed well. The old formula being a child-friendly tale laced with deadpan asides for grown-ups and delivered by top-notch voice actors.

“Before man braved that first giant step, the brave stepped into the rocket,” a narrator intones as the film begins. “And the brave were chimps.”

And then we meet Ham III (Andy Samberg), the smart-alecky grandson of one of the original chimps in space, who has a job at a circus, being fired out of a cannon. He doesn’t aspire to much more, but events are conspiring to put him on a path to his true destiny: a space probe has been sucked into a wormhole, and there are plans to send a crew of chimps after it.



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