Monday, 17 August 2009

Film Review: IGOR (2008)

Director: Anthony Leondis
Running time: 85 mins (approx)
Certificate (UK): PG

Watched on Sky+ Monday 17th August 2009.


I like animated films that are witty and clever and this one hit both criteria pretty much bang in the centre. Everything from the story line to the cast was spot-on. I can’t really understand why it didn’t do so well at the box-office, but I guess I’m partly to blame as I’m one of those who didn’t go and see it at the cinema. Anyhow, let’s have a bit about the plot.

Igor lives in the land of Malaria, a dark place where the ever-present clouds bring a gloom to the people. Because he has a hunch on his back, it’s Igor lot to be an Igor, an assistant to an evil scientist, Dr. Glickenstein. Igor dreams of being an evil scientist, but is stuck in a bit of a rut. He has created two creatures, Scamper, a rabbit that can’t die and Brain, basically a rather dumb brain in a jar. An accident kills Dr. Glickenstein and Igor takes the opportunity to complete his ultimate evil plan, to create life! The team work together and create Eva, who turns out to be not quite as evil as anticipated. Meanwhile, Dr. Schadenfreude, another evil scientist has plans to take Eva and claim her as his own invention at the Evil Scientists Fair. Also, King Malbert is suspicious because he hasn’t seen Dr. Glickenstein in a while. Can Igor keep Eva safe from Dr. Schadenfreude while keeping the secret that Dr. Glickenstein is actually dead from King Malbert?

I really enjoyed this film, great animation and great performances from the voice talents of John Cusack as Igor, John Cleese as Dr. Glickenstein, Steve Buscemi as Scamper, Sean Hayes as Brain, Eddie Izzard as Dr. Schadenfreude, Jay Leno as King Malbert and Molly Shannon as Eva. Over all, a great one for the youngsters with plenty of jokes for the adults, a really likeable evil genius of a movie!

My score: 7/10

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