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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Meant to entertain rather than educate.
A cocky, self-absorbed irresponsible person can become upstanding and generous. People, and chimps, can rise to the occasion. Science nerds can be cool. Being extra smart can help in difficult situations. The chimps use teamwork to find solutions to various problems.
Positive Role Models
Ham is a brassy, risk-taking showboat with little respect for authority or rules. He gains a sense of responsibility for others after an alien saves him. An alien who has been scared her entire life learns to control her fear. The commanding officer is an overbearing blowhard but reveals himself to be a decent guy.
Violence & Scariness
An unmanned spacecraft looking for life crashes through a wormhole onto Malgor, the far-off planet with intelligent life in the form of odd-looking aliens. A nasty alien named Zartog learns to use the craft and its powers to dominate his people cruelly. He dips fellow citizens in a freezing solution called Freznard. A large volcano is about to blow throughout the action. Flesh-eating plants and animals threaten the chimps and others. Characters fall from high places. One of Ham's irresponsible stunts ends up knocking down four large rockets. Large birds catapult sharp spikes at people. A character appears to be dead but isn't. A monster appears to eat a character.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Astronaut chimp Ham is attracted to Luna, his female co-astronaut, and flirts obnoxiously with her. Even though she can't stand him, he asks, "What should we name our kids?"
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Made-up alien words are used in place of actual swear words.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Space Chimps is an animated chimp comedy that's straightforward and age-appropriate for the young kids it's targeted at. There's some mild peril on an alien planet (an alien tyrant terrorizes his fearful followers by threatening to permanently freeze them). There are creepy-looking aliens that may scare kids, and there's constant peril. A character appears to be dead but isn't. A monster appears to eat a character. Astronaut chimp Ham is attracted to Luna, his female co-astronaut, and flirts obnoxiously with her. Even though she can't stand him, he asks, "What should we name our kids?" Positive messages about teamwork and courage. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The combination of space exploration and talking animals should make this appealing for the elementary school set. Not every animated movie has to be a sophisticated masterpiece, and sometimes a goofball chimp and his buddies are good for laughs. With Pixar creating thoughtful, memorable animated films such as WALL-E that even childless adults love, it's hard for a regular old cartoon comedy to compete. But once your initial surprise at the Care Bears-level animation wears off, you may find that it's easy to enjoy SPACE CHIMPS' silly jokes. The references to The Right Stuff, 2001: A Space Odyssey, and Apollo 13 are obvious but still clever.
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