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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.


  • Heroic Sacrifice: Kilowatt
  • Inexplicable Language Fluency: The aliens and chimps understand each other, despite that the chimps have just arrived on their planet.
  • Intelligent Primate: The chimps can't be understood by humans, but they're smart enough to know how to pilot a rocket ship.
  • Lame Pun Reaction: 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.
  • Refusal of the Call: Ham never wants to go into space and tries as hard as he can to get out of it.
  • Sound Off:
    Titan: I am Titan, I am strong!
    Ham: No one wants to sing along!
  • The Stinger: Zartog is turned into a lawn ornament.
  • Title Drop: As the trio are finally launched into space.
    Luna: We are now officially Space Chimps!
  • Translation Convention: Whenever the perspective switches to a human, the chimps can only be heard making realistic chimp noises.
  • Two Words: Added Emphasis: "Two chimps, two words: animal testing."