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Igor
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Feb 6, 2009 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Anthony Leonidas

Actors:
John Cusack
Steve Buscemi
Eddie Izzard

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Igor, a mad scientist’s hunchbacked assistant, gets his chance to shine in the annual Evil Science Fair when his boss dies in a lab accident. However, his female monster creation may not have turned out as evil as he hoped. Show tunes ensue…
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
As I’m sure you know, not all computer animated movies are made the same. You have your studio backed Pixars, your Dreamworks, your Blue Sky, etc., and then you have the independent animation groups which is where things get interesting. A lot of times you end up with garbage like HOODWINKED, HAPPILY N’EVER AFTER or [gulp] DELGO, but once in a while you get something that kinda surprises you like IGOR.

IGOR is thankfully not another fractured fairy tale or a movie about talking animals (although there is an immortal talking rabbit who constantly tries to kill himself), but it does try to put a new spin on a familiar character and story. The reason the movie works in this capacity is its willingness to revel in black humor and darker content, taking place in the world where mad scientists rule and evil is glorified. Even though its main character has a heart and the whole thing predictably ends on a sappy note, it’s a nice change of pace from the typical kids movie. I mean, one of the supporting characters is a suicidal rabbit voiced by Steve Buscemi. That’s gotta count for something.

There are some clever twists and jokes, and the filmmakers avoid a lot of pop culture references and easy gags, but the plot itself was generic and formulaic. The cast includes John Cusack, Eddie Izzard, John Cleese, Molly Shannon and Arsenio Hall (?) but everyone’s obviously just reading lines for a paycheck. By the end of the movie the whole thing felt tired and cliché. That stops the movie from being completely recommended, but its good qualities still surprisingly help set it apart from its counterparts.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary by the filmmakers: You get the writer, producer, and director on the track to talk you through the film. The trio knows their stuff and bounce back and forth the whole time, but nothing stood out enough to recommend a listen.

Alternate Opening (3:17): A 1930s newsreel explains the situation in Malaria. A little more fun than John Cusack’s opening narration.

Concept Art Galleries: Early designs for characters, set and production, storyboards and posters.

A nice 65 page Storybook of the film is also included.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Not a great movie, but IGOR gets points for being surprisingly as good as it is. The kids will probably dig it and it won’t kill the parents.

Extra Tidbit: Writer Chris McKenna also writes for the show “American Dad!”
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