Ham III, the grandson of the first chimp astronaut, is blasted off into space by an opportunity-seeking senator...
Release Year: 2008
Rating: 4.5/10 (5,470 voted)
Critic's Score: 36/100
Kirk De Micco
Stars: Andy Samberg, Stanley Tucci, Jeff Daniels
Storyline 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.
Writers: Kirk De Micco, Robert Moreland
Cast: Andy Samberg
(as Jessica Gee George)
Opening Weekend: $7,181,374
(20 July 2008)
(29 March 2009)
Did You Know?
Fittingly, the teaser ad for this movie premiered on June 20th 2008 during a Fox broadcast of another 'Monkey in Space' movie - 2001's remake of "Planet of the Apes".
You earthlings have a funny way of showing love.
Nothing special, nothing memorable, but it's cute for the kids
When I saw the trailer for Space Chimps, I honestly thought it looked
cute and fun, also they mentioned that it was made by the same folks
who did Shrek, so I figured that it was going to be gold. I was first
off a little surprised that it didn't do so hot at the box office, not
only that, but it has a pretty low rating here on IMDb. I was thinking
how this movie was probably awful, but how could it be? It's an
animation film, so I still wanted to see it, I checked it out today and
honestly, it's not a 4.4 rating movie, I think people are being a
little too harsh on it. I agree that it's nothing special, but it's a
cute movie that had it's moments. Opening the same weekend as The Dark
Knight and Mamma Mia, we needed a good hearted film for the family as
well, and Space Chimps does deliver on that.
Ham is a chimp who is the grandson of a famous chimp astronaut who was
the first chimp in space. When there is possible life found on another
planet, three scientists decide to experiment and instead of risking
human life, the send out the chimps including Ham to space to find the
alien life form. Ham, Luna, and Titon are sent out into space, but Ham
isn't taking it seriously, constantly joking around, hitting on Luna,
Titon constantly taking credit for everything. When they do land on the
planet, they meet some interesting creatures and have to save the
planet since one alien, Zartog, wants to take over.
Space Chimps isn't a bad movie, it's just nothing special, I'd
recommend waiting for the rental. It's a cute movie thought for the
little ones. But I did enjoy a few scenes, I loved the line Titon says
to Ham "Are you David Bowie?"... you'll have to see what I mean, but
there are some cute and fun moments. The animation is so-so, the voices
are decent, except some moments seemed a little stereotypical and
cliché. But as a family kid movie, I would say that this is a go, just
don't expect anything like Shrek.