Monday, July 28, 2008

Capsule Review: Space Chimps (1/2*)

Featuring the voices of Andy Samberg, Patrick Warburton, and Jeff Daniels

Vanguard Animation's Space Chimps is probably the worst example of an animated film I've ever seen. I don't know, maybe it's backlash from Horton Hears a Who, Kung Fu Panda, and WALL-E, but this was simply awful. Any one scene from each of those films proves more charming than the whole of Space Chimps, which possibly contains two or three good laughs. Ham III has always wanted to go into space, but there's just one hurtle to overcome: his grandfather has been renowned as the first chimpanzee to journey into space. This is the surprisingly simple story, providing excuses for sour, thinly-veiled crude and sexual jokes that have no place in this very PG G-rated film. Instead of seeing this cowdung, watch any moment from the delightful, dazzling, and breathtaking other animated movies that have been released in 2008.

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