A new kind of comic animated movie.
Ultimately, this movie will always be, well, Space Chimps.Ham III is your classic slacker chimp. He doesn't do much and is sort of a loaf, but when a space probe gets lost in a wormhole (and held captive by an evil tyrant), there's nobody better to save the day. Aided by Lt. Luna and Commander Titan, this trio sets about making things right. Little do they know that Dictator Zartog is an evil critter bent on creating destruction for his personal pleasure.
Filled with quick jokes, sight gags and anything else that Director Kirk De Micco felt like throwing in here, Space Chimps he kind of film that offers something for both kids and adults.
This making of features the voice talent of the film talking about what it was like to make this movie. They discuss their roles, what they tried to bring to their characters, and just about everything else one could want to know. While the proceedings are all done with a strong sense of tongue and cheek, it is cool getting to see the actors actually deliver their lines.
They offer this movie in both fullscreen 1.33:1 and widescreen 2.35:1. I guess if your children are wannabe cineastes they could go the widescreen route, otherwise the fullscreen ratio should suffice. The images were sharp and clear and I loved the way the animation looked. There were times when what was on screen appeared to glisten, and that showed itself to look really nice here.
Dolby Digital. Everything sounded solid on this DVD. The jokes and sight gags come at such a fierce pace, there were times I wondered if I was going to be able to keep up. Everything ended up being fine, however. The audio wasn't overly rich in any area, but things sounded full and well composed.
The front cover features those crazy chimps flying through space. The back gives us some more images from the movie, a small description of this film, a special features listing, technical specs and a cast list. Not the most amazing packaging but overall everything was where I felt it needed to be.
While I am 35 years old and probably not the demographic that a movie of this nature is going for, I found that Space Chimps offered me a lot. There is a strong amount of jokes that are meant for adults, but enough funnies for kids that everyone should have a good time with this movie. Should you own it on DVD? Should it be a part of your Blu-ray collection?
Okay, I don't think you need to own this movie. If you have a Blu-ray player, sure, you could own it. However, I don't know if the children's audience is really the right demo for the next phase in the DVD experience...