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Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back
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Happily N'Ever After 2: Snow White—Another Bite @ the Apple: We have the worst sequel of a Vanguard Animation film.
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back: Hold my Banana Berry.
Genre: Comedy
Science Fiction
Directed By: John H. Williams
Produced By: John H. Williams
Written By: Rob Moreland
Starring: Tom Kenny
Cheryl Hines
Patrick Warburton
John DiMaggio
Zack Shada
Distributed By: Vanguard Animation
Wonderworld Studios
Prana Studios
Studiopolis
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Release Date: May 28, 2010 (United Kingdom)
October 5, 2010 (United States)
Runtime: 76 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Box Office: $4.1 million
Prequel: Space Chimps


Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back is a 2010 science fiction animated film and is the sequel to Space Chimps. It is produced by Vanguard Animation.

Plot

Cheeky chimp Comet wishes he was a fully-fledged space chimp and sneaks onto a rocket bound for the planet Maglor, but back on Earth evil alien Zartog is on the rampage and has taken over "Mission Control". With his friends, Ham, Luna, and Titan he must try to save the day.

Why It Strikes Bad Indeed

  1. The CGI animation looks more like Hoodwinked Too! and it looks very downgraded compared the original movie just like Happily N’Ever After 2 (a sequel that Vanguard Animation wasn’t even involved despite being involved in the first film), even for 2010 standards, despite being animated by Prana Studios, which can be dated by the mid-2000s, considering that their previous CGI animation works such as the Unstable Fables trilogy, The ChubbChubbs Save Xmas short, and the first three Tinker Bell films looked a lot better.
  2. Bad writing with abysmal comedy and unoriginal plot lines which have ripped off numerous better films such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, Close Encounters, Avatar, Planet of the Apes, Monsters Inc and Wall-E.
  3. Many plot points and assents are lazily rehashed from the first movie, only with minor differences.
    • The beginning scene is just reused footage from the first film, only with Ham, Kilowatt, and Zartog's voices being edited likely due to their voice actors being changed.
    • Comet's subplot is just too similar to that of the main Malgor plot from the original film with the major difference being that Comet being the only chimp to go to Malgor.
  4. Terrible voice acting, even from voice actors such as Tom Kenny, Patrick Warburton, John DiMaggio, Laura Bailey, and other veteran voice actors.
    • Speaking of Tom Kenny, John DiMaggio, and Laura Bailey, the three replaced Andy Samberg, Jeff Daniels, and Kristin Chenoweth as Ham III, Zartog, and Kilowatt without any explanation left behind the scenes, resulting in these three barely sound anything like their original voice actors from the first movie.
  5. The majority of the characters (with the expectation of the Senator) were seen to have become total idiots than they were in the first movie as well as being extremely flanderized in this sequel, A great example of character stupidity is when Comet accidentally blasts off in a rocket, making a ton of noise, and nobody (not even the scientists) notices the rocket blasting off until Houston came and check Comet's computer to see that Comet was blasting off in the rocket and one of the scientists says "...hey, didn't we have a rocket there? Eh, whatever."
    • Ham went from an annoying and goofy, yet brave chimp who is formerly a circus performer and later a space chimp to a SpongeBob SquarePants clone without the charm that SpongeBob has with the annoying one left who is still a circus performer even though he's now a successful space chimp.
      • His obsession with Luna has gone too far in this film, to the point where he has a finger key to Luna's locker room which he thankfully was kidding in front of her, making him a bit of a simp than Reggie from Free Birds which released three years later.
    • Luna went from being an intelligent and tolerable voice-of-reason-type female chimp who has a passion for space travel and Ham's love interest to a complete know-it-all who is only there just to point out how annoying and stupid Ham and Titan are being unlike the first film.
    • Comet went from being an intelligent and supporting tech wiz who knows a lot about technology and wanted to join the Space Chimps to a Gary Stu who spent the entire movie hanging out with KIlowatt on Malgor even though they never even met in the first movie.
    • Titan became dumber and unlikable than he was in the first movie who is given an admittedly interesting character arc where he is recovering from PTSD, but that's ruined because when he actually sees Zartog, the whole reason he has PTSD to begin with, he goes with him, gives him a tour and lets him enter Mission Control Level 5 clearance where the three scientists held at, yes he really gave a tour and lets the guy that nearly got him killed in a restricted area where people held at just to get revenge on somebody, making Titan seemed to be more of a secondary antagonist who works for Zartog rather than being a Commander of the chimps.
    • Zartog is still a silly character that doesn't feel like a threat to the space centre and felt more of a filler character who tries too hard to be a villain rather than being an actual threat.
    • The scientists were, even more, stupider than they were in the first film as they're seen slacking off eating their ice cream sundaes in the space centre instead of noticing the rocket being blast off by Comet and never even know or hear Zartog's gibberish language. Heck they even think that the space centre should run by the chimps which, as pointed out by Media Hunter, is actually a stupid idea since the chimps could've mess everything in the space centre without any humans around.
    • Kilowatt has become a Mary Sue clone of Coco Bandicoot from Crash Bandicoot that can get annoying at times and only serves as filler much like Comet.
    • Houston went from a wise chimp who behaves like a father figure to Ham and Comet to a bit stupid at times like where he doesn't know how to use a computer after he noticed the rocket blasting off on Comet's computer despite him using it without any issues in the first movie.
    • Dr. Smothers, one of the humans from the first film, is reduced to a belief cameo through footage from the first movie.
    • The Ringmaster wasn't seen nor mentioned in this sequel and was replaced by Piddles the Clown as he was seen hosting the show in the ending.
  6. Poor grasp of the original film (despite having some connection to the original movie and that Vanguard Animation and some of the crew from the first movie being involved).
  7. Horrible soundtrack which was barely used in certain scenes of the movie and felt distorted compared to the original film.
  8. Misleading Title: Despite being called "Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back", Zartog actually doesn't have that much of an impact in the story, Instead, the film seems more content with just filling the runtime with Comet and Kilowatt slacking off on Maglor, thus would have been named "Space Chimps 2: Comet's Mission on Malgor".
    • To make matters worse, the other characters award him by calling him Captain Comet when he barely does anything heroic in the entire movie other than being a filler main character. It should be Ham since he stole the machine from Zartog and erase him.
  9. Surprisingly stupid ending; When Zartog (in his tiny form) went back to the front yard from the beginning, he got chased away by a dog and Ham's guinea pig while country music is playing in the background, especially compared to the original film.
  10. Product placement of Nintendo Wii and Apple iPods as the machine that de particles things that the three scientists made looks like a Wii remote with iPod buttons on it which makes the device feel like something out of a knock off Wii console rather than a weapon made from NASA and only serves as an plot device for Zartog to get revenge on the chimps and take over planet Earth.
  11. Huge amounts of filler in the first 45 minutes as it mostly contrasts with the entire cast either goofing around or slacking off and most of them are forgettable and unoriginal, that felt like they're just there to pad out the running time of the movie.
  12. It ultimately killed the Space Chimps franchise as if it would have been made as a television movie instead.
  13. Parts of the editing and physics are really dreadful, to the point where one can easily tell the errors such as the scene where Zartog got hit by a car felt like it was animated by someone who used 3D software for the first time, Ham and Zartog falling from the sky where the background moves or zooms in like Google maps instead of staying still or that the Comet and Kilowatt filler scenes were put in during scenes with the humans and Zartog in mission control.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The chimp designs are still not that bad compared to the human characters which are still awkward.
  2. The Senator is the only character who's not flanderized much like the rest of the characters and is property the only likable character in this movie.
  3. A few funny moments such as Zartog speaking alien gibberish.
  4. The film's animation, while looking Hoodwinked Too! grade, somewhat had better quality than Happily N'Ever After 2.

Reception

The film was universally panned and has a critic approval rating of 0% on Rotten Tomatoes. It also had a 2.8/10 on IMDb, which was even worse than the first movie's 4.5/10.

Jambareeqi gave this movie 1 quarter of a strawberry out of 5, claiming that this is "one of the most paper-thin films ever made", while AniMat put it as the 2nd worst animated sequel, criticizing it for its ugly style, stupid characters and most of the film's filler scenes and WatchMojo also placed it as the fourth worst animated film of all time.

The film even performed terribly at the British box office, leading to the movie being a direct-to-DVD movie in America.

However, just like the Cory in the House game, it started getting ironic positive reviews on Google, all thanks to its meme status.

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