Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Unnecessary sequel isn't really worth kids' time.
  • PG
  • 2010
  • 76 minutes

Parents say

age 5+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 6+
Based on 3 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

The movie is intended to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Kids learn the importance of collaboration and teamwork, as the space chimps need to work with each other to stop Zartog from carrying out his nefarious plans.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The chimps are all brave and willing to help defeat Zartog again.

Violence & Scariness

Comical violence includes various characters being "dematerialized" by a ray gun (they're later retrieved from non-being). Zartog is electrocuted on an electrified fence, Comet crash-lands on Malgor, and Zartog repeatedly falls off of a treadmill.

Sexy Stuff

Ham flirts with Luna, calling her "gorgeous" and "baby" and saying things like "can't keep your hands off me, can you?" Two scientists dance and hold hands.


Words include "butt" and "stupid."


Several spoofy references to pop culture (like "Bananaberry" instead of BlackBerry, Brokeback Monkey instead of Brokeback Mountain, and Chimps Gone Wild instead of Girls Gone Wild.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this straight-to-DVD sequel would be age-appropriate for kids of all ages if it weren't for some mild language like "butt" and "stupid" and flirtatious comments (which some families may not appreciate but that small kids also won't understand), as well as some cartoonish violence. Most of it is played for laughs, though in a few scenes characters are "zapped" by a ray gun that disintigrates them (but it turns out they can be retrieved back into existence). There are no over-arching themes other than that friendship and teamwork can save the day.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 10, 14, and 18+-year-old Written bySystemOfANintendo February 5, 2011

I slightly enjoyed the first despite negative reviews, but this was just stupid.

I don't really have any concerns about the content, but it's just not good. I didn't get all the negative reviews for the first one; that was act... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byDestroyer334545 August 10, 2013

A reason to have a 0/10 option!

Ok, I would give this a 0/10
Teen, 17 years old Written byndrwcd July 22, 2013

unnessesary sequel to a medicore movie

There are lots of animated movies better than space chimps 2 such as the incredibles,toy story trilogy,finding nemo,shark tale,cars 1 and 2,kung fu panda 1and 2... Continue reading

What's the story?

SPACE CHIMPS 2: ZARTOG STRIKES BACK starts up after the original Space Chimps crew has returned to Earth and become national heroes. Young tech wizard Comet (voiced by Zack Shada), who helped pilot the team home in the original, is now waiting for his chance to go on the second mission to Planet Malgor and meet up with his alien friend, Kilowatt (Laura Bailey). After he's unexpectedly cut from the mission, Comet sneaks onto the spaceship and accidentally launches it, propelling him into space without authorization -- and without the help of veteran space chimps Ham III (Tom Kenny), Luna (Cheryl Hines), Titan (Patrick Warburton), and Mission Control specialist Houston (Carlos Alazraqui). While Comet explores Malgor with Kilowatt, the planet's former evil leader, Zartog (Stanley Tucci), attempts to wreak havoc on Earth. When Zartog manages to take over Mission Control, the Space Chimps must work out a plan to defeat him ... again.

Is it any good?

There's absolutely no reason for this sequel to exist. Space Chimps received terrible reviews (our generous three stars might as well be five by comparison), and neither the story nor the animation was impressive enough to merit a sequel. Much of the cast (including Andy Samberg, Kristin Chenoweth, and Jeff Daniels) apparently couldn't be persuaded to revisit their character, the blindingly colorful palette (especially when on Malgor) is over the top, and the animation is sub-par. Worst of all, the jokes and sight gags are tired and in a couple of cases snoozy -- even by kid-movie standards.

All of the negatives aside, there's an irresistible draw for kids to see talking-animal movies, no matter how awful adults may find them. If you've got kids who will love a bunch of chatty astro-chimps, no matter how hammy the jokes or how uninspiring the story, they'll probably find this sequel amusing. But anyone who found the original movie lacking in any way will definitely want to steer clear of this far-less entertaining installment.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages about communication and teamwork. How do the space chimps work together to help Comet and defeat Zartog?

  • Why is Zartog so determined to destroy Earth?

  • How does the sequel compare to the original?

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