(2008) dir. Anthony Leondis
viewed: 10/05/08 at Century 20 Daly City, Daly City, CA
Designed like a poor man’s The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), and not terribly far off from that film conceptually, Igor is a poor kids movie, lacking much flair, originality, or anything to really recommend it.
The story is one in a world of Malaria (pronounced as if it was a country, not a disease), in which everybody is an evil scientist or an evil scientist’s henchman, an “igor”, which turns out to be the name of every hunchback in the world. It’s kinda odd to name a movie after a character for whom the name is a generic that sounds specific. Anyways, every year the scientists compete to come up with the most evil invention of the year to blackmail the rest of the world into paying them off for not using it. Though this sounds a bit like nucular proliferation, the film just ain’t that deep.
Even with voice talent like Steve Buscemi and John Cusack, the film is just not all that cleverly written nor animated. In fact, at times, it’s really a little complicated. Buscemi’s character is a suicidal rabbit who is unkillable. Which sounds funnier than it is. When the titular Igor creates his evil project, the giant Frankenstein monster-like Eva, she ends up becoming programmed to want to be an actress and spouts all kinds of lines about method, agents, and lots of cultural references that probably make no sense to anyone under 10. Not that animation has to be for kids, you know I don’t believe that, but I do believe that this movie is meant for kids.
The humor is so weak and unispired, I found myself thinking that this one character who is a brain in a bowl on wheels got a lot of lines that sound like either Roger or Hans from American Dad, the sort of pathetic dumb-dumb asides, just in this case, largely not so funny.
Not that I thought it looked great, but it did look better than Fly Me to the Moon (2008) and Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008), the only other kids movies out in the last month or so. The kids didn’t like it too much either. Felix laughed once or twice, but they weren’t that entertained either. So, a good time was had by none.