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SPACE CHIMPS

An intergalactic comedy about the antics of astronaut chimpanzees on a mission in space. The chimps demonstrate as much of `the wrong stuff` as "the Right Stuff." Ham III, the grandson of the first chimp blasted into space before manned spaceflight, is lured back into the space programme, teamed with two highly-trained chimps for a dangerous mission through a black hole to an inhabited planet. When they`re stranded there, the chimps must help the inhabitants rid themselves of a tyrannical leader and figure out how to get back to Earth.

Language: English
Subtitle: NA
Classification: G
Release Date: 14 Aug 2008
Genre: Animation
Running Time: 1 Hour 21 Minutes
Distributor: GOLDEN VILLAGE PICTURES
Cast: Andy Samberg, Cheryl Hines, Jeff Daniels, Kenan Thompson
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Format: NA

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Writer: Loong Wai Ting

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Watch this if you liked: "Open Season", "The Incredibles", "Valiant"

To summarise the 90-minute movie into seven sentences, it ended as quickly as it started. The cinema seats may be comfy but the movie isn't as comfy as it should be, compared to other animations by the big studio players like DreamWorks and Pixar.

Don't expect too much from "Space Chimps." The storyline for one isn't as smooth as one would expect. With failing character development, it is as though the picture was made under a super tight budget. The punch lines were simply not coming.

Apart from that, parts of the subplots are left hanging, leaving audiences to guess, for example, what really happened to the evil Zartog after falling from a space shuttle. The chimps however, don't really look like the one we normally sees at the zoo. They have human-like faces, fondly (but strangely) reminding me of Michael Jackson!

The techno songs and the shuffles may get kids quite excited but once the scene changes, you may find that it doesn't really fit. Also, the colouration is a little dull and very basic. It's the usual pink, orange, greenish, bluish and very purplish, making it very much less appealing altogether. If stronger colours were used, it might have perhaps helped to boost its box office.

There's already news that "Space Chimps 2" is in the making. Well, let's just cross our fingers and hope that it can outdo its mediocre predecessor. For now, watching "Space Chimps" is like a chore, for the sake of making your little sister happy.

Cinema Online, 12 December 2008
   
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Effective 15 July 2011
G - Suitable for all ages
PG - Suitable for all ages, but parents should provide guidance to their young
PG13 - Suitable for persons aged 13 and above, but parental guidance is advised for children below 13
NC16 - Suitable for persons aged 16 years and above
M18 - Suitable for persons aged 18 years and above
R21 - Restricted to persons aged 21 and above only
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