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IGOR

SYNOPSIS:
In the Kingdom of Malaria evil is good business and each year King Malbert (voice of Jay Leno) holds an Evil Science Fair to promote new evil inventions. Dr Schadenfreude (voice of Eddie Izzard) always steals the best idea with the help of his girlfriend Jaclyn (voice of Jennifer Coolidge), but this year is different. Igor (voice of John Cusack), who is lab assistant to evil scientist Dr Glickenstein (voice of John Cleese) dreams of submitting his own invention. When the opportunity presents itself, he seizes his chance - with the help of his friends, the dim-witted Brain (voice of Sean Hayes) and Scamper (voice of Steve Buscemi), a rabbit with a death-wish.

Review by Louise Keller:
With a curly twist on the mad scientist concept, this subversively inventive animation bubbles over with originality and amusing dialogue. The animation is Tim Burtonesque and the story's hero after whom the film is titled is an endearing mushroom-like hunchback with soulful eyes, voiced brilliantly by John Cusack. Kids and adults alike will warm to Igor as the lowly lab assistant who stands tall in a bid to make his dreams come true.

The tone of the film is set from the very beginning with dialogue like 'Come on boys, let's kick some old people'; 'No more Dr Don't Kill Anybody'. When Igor creates a monster that is a cross between Snow White and The Hulk, he is keen to activate her evil finger bone. But the lop-sided monster Eva (voiced by Molly Shannon) with different coloured eyes and red rosebud lips would rather be 'a good nobody than an evil somebody.' Even subjecting Eva to the Axe-murderer Brainwash treatment goes terribly wrong when a flick of the remote controls exposes her to James Lipton of Inside The Actor's Studio. The revelation that Igor's evil monster has become an actress with needs for make up, trailer and elocution classes is filled with comic opportunities. Steve Buscemi's Scamper, a long-toothed immortal rabbit who finds life meaningless, is a real scene stealer and the disembodied Brain (voice of Sean Hayes) who happens to be all heart is good fun.

The humour is quirky with a capital Q. I love Jennifer Coolidge's hilarious floozy with many faces and the idea of having blind orphans while the song 'I Can See Clearly Now' is inspired. Good versus evil has never been so whimsical or fresh.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

IGOR (PG)
(US/France, 2008)

VOICES: John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall, Sean Hayes, Eddie Izzard, Jay Leno

PRODUCER: John D. Eraklis, Max Howard

DIRECTOR: Anthony Leondis

SCRIPT: Chris McKenna

CINEMATOGRAPHER: n/a

EDITOR: Hervé Schneid

MUSIC: Patrick Doyle

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Loïc Rastout

RUNNING TIME: 87 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: January 8, 2009







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