When a $5 billion NASA probe disappears into an intergalactic wormhole, the agency recruits Ham III, grandson of the first chimpanzee in space, to help retrieve the wayward craft. But Ham is a free-spirited circus performer more interested in zero gravity high jinks than living up to his illustrious heritage. The simian slacker becomes a reluctant hero and learns the true meaning of courage as he and his crewmates, the plucky Lieutenant Luna and their by-the-book commander, Titan, risk everything in an effort to save the peaceful inhabitants of a distant planet from an evil dictator.
The Right Stuff meets the wrong stuff in this witty, out-of-this-world adventure. State-of-the-art CGI animation from Vanguard Animation, makers of the avian charmer Valiant, take this tale of a reluctant astronaut into another dimension. The film is directed by Kirk DeMicco, whose screenwriting credits include Quest for Camelot and Racing Stripes. It is written by DeMicco and Rob Moreland, from a story by DeMicco.
Space Chimps features the voices of Andy Samberg (“Saturday Night Live”), Cheryl Hines (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”), Patrick Warburton (“Rules of Engagement”), Kristin Chenoweth (“The West Wing”), Stanley Tucci (Robots), Kenan Thompson (Snakes on a Plane), Jane Lynch (The 40 Year Old Virgin), Carlos Alazraqui (Happy Feet), Cameron Bright (Thank You for Smoking), Patrick Breen (“Boston Legal”), Kath Soucie (“The Replacements”) and Omid Abtahi (“Sleeper Cell”).
The film is produced by John Williams (Shrek 1, 2 & 3) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black), who also serves as creative consultant. Tom Jacomb is associate producer and Curtis Augspurger is the film’s co-producer. Executive producers are Neil Braun, Eric M. Bennett, John Hyde, Jerry Davis, Steve Brown and Morris Berger. Music is by Chris Bacon and the Blue Man Group. Space Chimps is a Starz Media presentation of a Vanguard Animation film. It will be distributed by 20th Century Fox in association with Odyssey Entertainment.