Space Chimps

Synopsis: Ham III, the grandson of the first chimp astronaut, is blasted off into space by an opportunity-seeking senator. Soon, the fun-loving chimp has to get serious about the mission at hand; ridding a far-away planet of their nefarious leader. Fortunately for Ham III, two of his simian peers are along for the ride.
Director(s): Kirk DeMicco
Production: 20th Century Fox
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

Since the dawn of time,

space flight has been a dream.

The rocket made

it a reality.

But before man braved

that first giant step...

the brave stepped into the rocket...

and the brave were chimps.

Ham 1 was the first American

to boldly go...

where no man, or chimp,

had gone before.

And tonight his brave legacy lives on.

Introducing Ham the Third...

Ham's one and only grandson.

Thank you. Thank you.

No autographs. No flash photos.

- Okay, fine. Photos. I'll sign that later.

Ladies and gentlemen, strap yourselves in

as we embark on a mission to the stars!

Space, stars, blah, blah, blah.

- Enough with the lecture. Let's get to the action.

- Aim high, buckle up.

Chin down, opposable thumbs in.

When you gonna stop worrying about me,

Houston? Space is in my veins.

- And between your ears.

- It's showtime!

Here we go! Come on!

Let's make some noise!

Let's tear the roof off of this tent.

We're gonna go bananas!

Hup! Hey! Hoop!

Prepare to be amaze-ified.

- Let's light this candle.

- Say it with me.

- T-minus three-

- Three, two, one!

Blast off!



And back again.

I'm so excited. I just can't hide it!

Keep your eye on the landing pad.

No monkey business.

Stay on target, hotshot.

Big finale comin' up. Hoo-hoo!

And a flipsy...

and a dipsy and a do.

Whoo-hoo! Whoa!

Whoa, whoa. Whoa!

- Oh, Lord.

- Whoa!

Whoa. Whoa, whoa. Whoa!

This is not good! Oh!

Oh! Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa!

He's always showboatin'.


It's all good, folks!

That's why I put the helmet on the monkey.

The Infinity

probe successfully advancing past lunar orbit.


Unmanned and remote-controlled.

Search for life.

Detecting unidentified space anomaly.

Warning. System malfunction.

System malfunction.

- It's so pretty!

- Ha!

Come here, little fluttereye.

- Oh, no!

- Zartog!

Can't you brats read?

Keep away from my house!

- Oy.

- Hmm.

You monster!

If I could catch you punks,

I'd dunk you in the Freznar too!

No wonder why

everyone in town hates you!

Just the way I like it. Huh?

Whoa! Look! It's coming closer!

It's a sky beast!


A gift from the sky.



I am the Infinity probe

from the planet Earth.

We will now perform a full-body examination

for purely scientific purposes.


Since the dawn of time,

man's indomitable spirit...

has led to great achievements

in culture and civilization.

He's created wonders in architecture,

art, music, engineering.

But man isn't all work.

He likes to play too!

I want to live like them.

- System control interface operational.

- Huh?

Manual override engaging.

Help me!

- Aha!

- Huh?

A new day has come,

and that day is Zartog!

The simian program started in the 1960s.

And these chimpanzees are like

the ones used in the first space missions.

- When do they go in space?

- Well, they don't.

They're just exhibits of the past.

Hey, what's up, Comet?

I don't know, but something big!

What do you mean "lost"?


the Infinity was drawn off course...

by a magnetic attraction from a dimensional

anomaly in the time-space continuum.

- In English.

- It was sucked into a wormhole.

My constituents care about potholes,

not wormholes.

Do you know how many potholes

we can fix for five billion dollars?

- Area of the pothole.

- The power of three.

- Multiplied by four.

- Cosine.

- Multiplied by seven.

- Carry the two-

- Depending on fluctuations in asphalt-

- Labor costs-

- And overtime.

- It was a rhetorical question, brainiacs.

Our data indicates the Infinity's

emerged on the far side of the universe.

As you can see from this image...

the Infinity has landed on a planet

in a crater filled with H20.

- It means water.

- I know what it means.

Senator, if the atmosphere is viable,

the planet could sustain life.

Maybe even an NFL expansion team.

This could prove

what we suspected all along.

We are not alone.

Just think what a mission

could do for science.

Not to mention T-shirt sales.

Political gold.

I want astronauts over there pronto.

Not gonna happen.

Too risky for humans.

We don't have a clue how the wormhole

will affect living tissue.

It could transmogrify the D.N.A.,

causing blindness.

- Heart failure.

- Most likely, death.


Comet, what are you doing?

Getting us a mission.

- We could send the chimps.

- Chimps? Chimps.

Hmm. Not humans, but not horrible.

Show me what you got.

Guys, we got a mission.

Senator, Titan, Luna and Comet

are fully prepared for the mission.

They have been training for this

their whole lives.

Training, shmaining. These chimps are boring!

They're... chimp nerds.

Uh, technically, there's no such thing

as nerds in the simian world.

I know a nerd when I see one.

- Do you think he means we're nerds?

- No, no. We're super cool.

What this mission needs is some P.R.,

some sizzle to grab the media's attention.

It needs a chimp with the right stuff.

It needs someone like... him!

A real hero, with dignity and nobility.

He's been dead for 30 years.

But he does have a grandson.


Ahh! Oh, ho-ho-ho!

Houston, no! Ooh!

Oh! Thumb pain. Aah!

- When I promised your grandpa I'd look after ya-

- Ooh! Ow!

I never thought I'd be playin' pick-up sticks

with monkey bones night after night.

What can I say?

I'm an envelope pusher.

- I can't do anything halfway.

- Yeah?

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Kirk DeMicco

Kirk DeMicco (born 1969/1970) is an American screenwriter, director and producer. He is best known for writing and directing Space Chimps and The Croods. Raised in Wyckoff, New Jersey and a former resident of Franklin Lakes, DeMicco attended Ramapo High School. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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