Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back is just what you think it would be: cute, unassuming, and (with the exception of one inappropriate reference) perfect enjoyment for young ones.
The story takes place just after the first Space Chimps, who have returned home national heroes. The ship also brings along Zartog, the villain from the first film, who is now frozen and living as a sculpture on someone’s front lawn. Comet, who helped the original crew return to Earth, dreams of joining the next mission to Malgor. However, his dream is taken away due to budget cuts, and a heartbroken Comet sneaks into the ship and accidentally sends himself directly into space. This unfortunate chain of events also frees Zartog, who begins causing havoc back on Earth, and Comet must then return home to help his fellow chimps and save the day.
For a movie with Zartog in the title, his escape is actually secondary to Comet’s story, which brings a positive message of never giving up on your dreams. The plot and animation are both relatively simple (this is for the 2D version), however the movie has just the right amount of cute characters and situations to entertain young children. There are a couple of throwaway lines clearly aimed at adults, who might also find some enjoyment placing faces of celebrities such as Jane Lynch and Stanley Tucci to their animated counterparts.
The colors come across very bright on screen, however watching the 2-D version made me wonder what I was missing from the 3-D experience. This was especially true in a couple of sequences on Malgor, which looked suprising flat and empty.
The cast does a respectable job with their roles, however there are a few changes this time around, with Tom Kenny taking over as Ham from Andy Samberg, and Laura Bailey as Kilowatt instead of Kristen Chenoweth. Fortunately we still have Cheryl Hines (Luna), Patrick Warburton (Tritan), Carlos Alazraqui (Houston), and Zack Shada (Comet) from the original.
There are also two bonus features on the DVD: a catchy video entitled “Liftoff” by Shada and a fun alternate scene featuring the dance by Dr. Jagu.
All in all, this is a kids movie, which, if you think about it, really isn’t such a bad thing.
Space Chimps 2: Zartog Strikes Back is available in 2D and 3D singles, as well as a 2D/3D combo pack.