Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back

Unnecessary sequel isn't really worth kids' time.
  • Review Date: October 1, 2010
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2010
  • Running Time: 76 minutes

What parents need to know

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

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
Not applicable

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.

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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

DVD release date:October 5, 2010
Cast:Cheryl Hines, Jane Lynch, Patrick Warburton, Zack Shada
Director:John H. Williams
Studio:Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Adventures, Space and aliens, Wild animals
Run time:76 minutes
MPAA rating:PG
MPAA explanation:some mild rude humor

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Teen, 13 years old Written byDestroyer334545 August 10, 2013
age 4+

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
age 2+

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,the four shrek movies,the croods,epic,monsters vs aliens,megamind,over the hedge,the four ice age movies,monsters Inc,monsters university,madagascar trilogy,ratatouille,despicable me 1 and 2,hotel Transylvania,mulan,how to train your dragon,the emperor's new groove,pocahontas,Balto,the ant bully,antz,a bugs life,the Prince of eygpt,and you get my idea space chimps 2 isn't a good movie at all in otherwords
Teen, 15 years old Written byRobbyboyfye16 February 14, 2012
age 4+


monkeys go to space and crap is not as bad as reviewed but a really retarded movie.


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