Vanguard Animation and Starz Media are offering a first look at their upcoming CG-animated family film, Space Chimps. Produced by John H. Williams (Shrek, Shrek 2) and Barry Sonnenfeld (Men in Black, The Addams Family), the film will be distributed theatrically by 20th Century Fox on July 18. The trailer can be seen at the official website, www.spacechimpspower.com.
Space Chimps features the voices of Andy Samberg (Saturday Night live), Cheryl Hines (Curb Your Enthusiasm), Patrick Warburton (Family Guy), Kristin Chenoweth (Pushing Daisies) and Stanley Tucci (ER). The adventure-comedy follows the exploits of a mischievous circus chimp named Ham (Samberg), who happens to be the grandson of the first primate ever sent into space. As a publicity stunt, Ham is chosen to lead a mission into space to explore a mysterious new planet. When he and his crew crash land on the bizarre world and find their lives in peril, Ham must prove that he really does have the right stuff.
The film marks the directorial debut of writer Kirk DeMicco, whose screenwriting credits include the 1998 Warner Bros. animated feature Quest for Camelot and the upcoming DreamWorks Animation production Crood Awakening. Space Chimps is also the first animated feature for Sonnenfeld, who produced Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and directed such live-action hits Get Shorty, Men in Black and Men in Black II.