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Western Animation / Space Chimps

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These chimps going bananas outta this world!

Space Chimps is a 2008 All-CGI Cartoon movie about astronaut chimpanzees sent on a mission to outer space. It was produced by Vanguard Animation and distributed by 20th Century Fox.

There's a sequel titled Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back.


  • Actor Allusion: Ham III is basically Rod (from Hot Rod) as a chimp - both are played by Andy Samberg.
  • And I Must Scream: The "freezing" liquid will instantly solidify anyone who comes into contact with it, effectively turning them into works of art.
  • Animal Talk: The chimps and aliens understand each other and humans, but humans don't. Also, the other animals can't talk at all.
  • Alien Sky: Malgor has three suns, which give the planet only a five second long nighttime.
  • Aliens Speaking English: More like aliens speaking animal talk.
    • Zartog seems to understand the English the probe bleats out, though he may just be responding to the pictures....
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  • Barefoot Cartoon Animal: The chimps, even in their space suits.
  • Chekhov's Skill: Ham III's time in the circus has inadvertently prepared him for the space mission.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Ham and Luna.
  • Disaster Dominoes: Done epically with NASA space rockets.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kilowatt
  • Incredibly Lame Pun: Titan seems to like using 'chimp' puns, and it's even lampshaded by Ham.
    Ham: You're not gonna do that the whole way, are you?
    Titan: What?
    Ham: Use 'chimp' to replace real phrases?
  • Large Ham - Ham III
  • Literal Metaphor: When Ham and Luna wind up in some alien quicksand.
    Ham: You're sinking pretty low there.
    Luna: Yeah, well you deserve it.
    Ham: No, you're literally going pretty low, we are actually sinking.
  • Never Trust a Trailer - The trailer is a bit ambiguous about the plot but it really shows nothing about the movie. It seems more like a couple of astronaut chimp friends going on a mission, and the humans seem to be aware of their behavior.