Igor (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Igor (2008)
  • Rate: 6.0/10 total 10,553 votes 
  • Genre: Animation | Comedy | Family | Fantasy
  • Release Date: 19 September 2008 (USA)
  • Runtime: 87 min
  • Budget: $25,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $30,747,504(Worldwide)(13 February 2011)
  • Director: Anthony Leondis
  • Stars: John Cusack, Molly Shannon and Steve Buscemi
  • Original Music By: Patrick Doyle   
  • Soundtrack: Jump Jive N-Wail
  • Sound Mix: DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Assistant | Science | Mad Scientist | Evil Scientist | Invention

Writing Credits By:

  • Chris McKenna (written by)
  • John Hoffman  additional screenplay
  • Anthony Leondis  additional screenplay
  • Dimitri Toscas  additional screenplay

Known Trivia

  • Scamper was originally to be introduced while hanging himself as Igor returns to the castle at the beginning of the movie. This is included in the novelization of the film but was cut from the actual release.
  • ‘Schadenfreude’ is a German word meaning a feeling of pleasure caused by something bad happening to another person.
  • Basil Poledouris was originally set to compose the film’s musical score during pre-production but died before he could record any music. Patrick Doyle replaced him.

Goofs: Continuity: When Igor takes Eva to the "Brain Wash", she's put in carriage/booth #12. Brian/Brain gets his own brain cleaned in #04. However, both of these are not only next to each other, but by the end, they both appear to be getting out of the same carriage #04, next to #03.

Plot: Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the displeasure of the rest of the evil science community. Full summary »  »

Story: In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair.Written by Exodus  

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Synopsis: In this fantasy world that contains elements of the horror film and steampunk genres, Malaria was once a sunny, thriving village that relied on farming for its economy, but a change in the climate caused the crops to die, and the farmers to become poor. It is the new leader, King Malbert (Jay Leno), who proposes the town can prosper with a new economy of evil inventions that would kill and wreak havoc, and making evil scientists rich tycoons. Anyone born with any type of disfigurement would have their fate automatically led in the direction of becoming a slave to their masters named "Igors", and are typecast as being foolish, slurring, and stupid.

However, one particular Igor (John Cusack), tired of the mistreatment and stereotyping against him, is actually scientifically intelligent, despite being shunned by his own master, Dr. Glickenstein (John Cleese). Behind his master’s back, he has brought a sarcastic rabbit named Scamper (Steve Buscemi) back to life from having been run over and making him immortal. He also transports a brain that formerly belonged to a man named Brian into a life-support robot, named Brain (Sean Hayes).

Dr. Glickenstein invents a rocket as his entry into the annual Evil Scientists Fair, but he is killed during a malfunctioning test run. Knowing his chance at becoming more than what the world sees in him, Igor decides to keep his master’s death a secret and participate in the Fair himself. He assembles a huge, monstrous being from human tissue and places the Evil Bone — the key to pure evil — inside the finger of this monster. Only, when he brings her to life, he discovers the giant is completely gentle, polite and affectionate. When explaining how she’s supposed to act, the giant (Molly Shannon) mispronounces the word "evil" and converts it to "Eva", which becomes her name.

Igor surmises that the Evil Bone had not activated properly, and immediately brings Eva to the "Brain-Wash" to correct this by making her watch violent acts of horror on television. Brain absentmindedly changes the channel in the midst of the treatment, and causes Eva to adapt the personality of a kind Hollywood actress. Igor uses this to his advantage by telling her that the Fair is an audition for the role of Annie in the famous musical, and she agrees to obey him at last. While preparing for her role, Eva becomes close friends with Igor, and supports him in his goal of becoming different.

Meanwhile, the greatest, richest, and most acclaimed evil scientist in town, Dr. Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard), is at odds with the King, as he has won the last seventeen Evil Scientists Fairs in all the past years, and yet, he has failed to earn the respect from the King into making him the new ruler of Malaria. He begins setting things into his own hands when he discovers the death of Dr. Glickenstein and his slave’s invention. He first tries to take the creation by force during a carriage chase through the backroads, which fails. He then talks to Igor in person during a civil visit to his own laboratory, and offers him a deal: give him Eva as his creation for the Fair, and become the richest evil scientist instead. Igor discovers his true intent, and he narrowly escapes.

Through time, Igor feels like his emotions toward Eva have overshadowed his own intentions, and tries to shake himself out of it. While on the balcony, Dr. Glickenstein’s former assistant, Heidi, pays a visit. Eva spies them through the window, and approaches Heidi to ask what is going on. Heidi admits she has fallen for Igor during his self-transformation, and mentions what he would do with someone as ugly as her, which puts Eva’s opinion of herself in question.

The night before the Fair, she sees Igor in a kiss with Heidi, which is revealed to be Dr. Schadenfreude’s girlfriend, Jaclyn (Jennifer Coolidge), in disguise. Igor is arrested by the King, who also found out about the cover-up, and throws Igor into the "Igor Disposal". Eva is then approached by Dr. Schadenfreude, who draws her into giving up Igor’s apparent lies and come with him. He reactivates her Evil Bone by pushing her into committing her first act of evil (throwing him backward), which transforms her into a growling monster.

Scamper and Brain follow Igor into the Disposal, and free him. All three rush toward the Fair to save Eva. While sneaking around, Igor discovers that the dark weather Malaria has had for years was the result of a weather-controlling machine built into the King’s home and the Fairgrounds, which means that the King had actually orchestrated this whole evil-invention industry himself. Igor rushes into the arena where the inventions are all fighting, including a deranged Eva, and tells her that everyone has an Evil Bone inside them, but it is up to that person to choose whether or not to use it. Eva regains her sanity, and forgives him. Scamper and Brain deactivate the weather device, shining the sun back over Malaria, and exposing the King as a fraud.

For his heroism, Igor is soon dubbed the new King. Dr. Schadenfreude takes the throne for a brief few minutes, until he is also stripped of his occupation and respect. The Fair is changed to an annual musical theater showcase, with Eva as the centerpiece of the first event, and all Igors are now seen as equals to everyone else.

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Produced By:

  • Jean-Luc De Fanti known as executive producer
  • Jamée Deruso known as associate producer
  • John D. Eraklis known as producer
  • Max Howard known as producer
  • Darius A. Kamali known as associate producer
  • John McKenna known as line producer
  • Matthew J. Parker known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • John Cusack known as Igor (voice)
  • Myleene Klass known as Dr. Holzwurm (voice)
  • Robin Walsh known as Dr. Holzwurm's Igor (voice) (as Robin Howard)
  • Matt McKenna known as Dr. Herzschlag (voice)
  • John Cleese known as Dr. Glickenstein (voice)
  • Steve Buscemi known as Scamper (voice)
  • Sean Hayes known as Brain (voice)
  • Jess Harnell known as Announcer / Royal Guard #2 (voice)
  • Eddie Izzard known as Dr. Schadenfreude (voice)
  • Jennifer Coolidge known as Jaclyn / Heidi (voice)
  • Jay Leno known as King Malbert (voice)
  • Molly Shannon known as Eva (voice)
  • Zoë Bright known as Blind Woman / Killiseum Fan #1 (voice)
  • Sophia Eraklis known as Blind Orphan #1 (voice)
  • A. Cheron Hall known as Blind Orphan #2 / Blind Orphan #4 (voice)
  • Alexander Leondis known as Blind Orphan #3 (voice)
  • Juliana Leondis known as Blind Orphan #5 (voice)
  • Michael Leondis known as Blind Orphan #6 (voice)
  • Nicole Leondis known as Blind Orphan #7 (voice)
  • Robin Tisserand known as Blind Orphan #8 (voice)
  • Paul Vogt known as Buzz Offmann (voice) (as Paul C. Vogt)
  • Kay Cole known as Grand Dame (voice)
  • James Lipton known as Himself
  • Christian Slater known as Dr. Schadenfreude's Igor (voice)
  • Arsenio Hall known as Carl Cristall (voice)
  • Tayah Howard known as Tatiana (voice)
  • Justin Eick known as Royal Guard #1 (voice)
  • John D. Eraklis known as Killiseum Fan #2 (voice) (as John Eraklis)
  • Max Howard known as Killiseum Fan #3 (voice)
  • Anthony Leondis known as Killiseum Fan #4 (voice) (as Tony Leondis)
  • Chris McKenna known as Killiseum Fan #5 (voice)
  • Christopher Maleki known as Killiseum Fan #6 (voice) (uncredited)
  • Frank Welker known as Animals' vocal effects (voice) (uncredited)

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  • Matthieu Gosselin known as set designer
  • Vincent Massy known as lead set designer
  • Richard Ory known as props

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Production Companies:

  • Exodus Film Group
  • Exodus Productions

Other Companies:

  • Paramedia Studios  post-production sound services (ADR)
  • Air-Edel Recording Studios  music mixed at
  • Budapest Symphony Orchestra  music performed by
  • Budget Film Stock Footage  film clips provided by
  • Bulgarian National Radio, Studio 1  music recorded at (as The Bulgarian National Radio Studio 1)
  • Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra  music performed by (as The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra and Choir)
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Gearbox Sound and Vision  additional ProTools systems supplied by
  • Lime Studios  voice recording (as Lime Studios Santa Monica)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)  special thanks (as MGM)
  • Mikros Image  digital film transfer
  • Monkeyland Audio  voice recording
  • Postworks  voice recording
  • SIF309 Film & Music Productions  film score recording
  • Santa Barbara Studios  voice recording (as Santa Barbara Sound Design)
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Sonic Magic Studios  voice recording
  • Sonic Magic  adr recording
  • Sound One  voice recording (as Sound One NY)
  • Sparx*  animation
  • Studio Merjithur  sound services (as Nouveau Studios Merjithur)
  • Technicolor  release printing
  • Varèse Sarabande  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Constantin Film Verleih (2008) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Distribution Company (2009) (Argentina) (theatrical)
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (2008) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Momentum Pictures (2008) (UK) (theatrical)
  • Motion Picture Distribution (2008) (Canada) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Luxembourg) (theatrical)
  • RCV Film Distribution (2009) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • ARM Distribution (2008) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Applause Entertainment (2008) (Taiwan) (all media)
  • Aurum Producciones (2008) (Spain) (all media)
  • Bazuca Films (2010) (Chile) (all media)
  • Eastern European Acquisition Pool (EEAP) (2008) (Czech Republic) (all media)
  • Europa Filmes (2008) (Brazil) (all media)
  • Film Pop (2008) (Turkey) (all media)
  • Film1 (2010) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Golden Village Entertainment (2008) (Singapore) (all media)
  • Italia Film (2008) (Middle East) (all media)
  • Jung-A Entertainment (2008) (South Korea) (all media)
  • Lusomundo (2008) (Portugal) (all media)
  • MGM Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • MGM Home Entertainment (2009) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Momentum Pictures Home Entertainment (2009) (UK) (DVD)
  • Odeon (2008) (Cyprus) (all media)
  • Paramount Home Entertainment (2009) (Germany) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Prorom Media-Trade (2008) (Romania) (all media)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (all media)
  • Sundream Motion Pictures (2008) (Hong Kong) (all media)
  • TFM Distribution (2008) (France) (all media)
  • Viva International Pictures (2008) (Philippines) (all media)
  • West Video (2008) (Russia) (all media)

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Special Effects:

  • Sparx* (animation) (as Sparx Animation Studios)

Visual Effects by:

  • Quentin Auger known as character setup
  • Guillaume Barlier known as character setup
  • Alex Bernardi known as software engineer: research & development
  • Gaëlle Bossis known as digital compositor
  • Elliott Broutin known as lighting artist
  • Camille Campion known as effects assistant
  • Romain Côte known as character modeler
  • Laurent Davene known as character modeler
  • Alexis De Hauteclocque known as software developer
  • Benjamin Deboute known as render software engineer
  • Fabrice Delapierre known as CGI supervisor
  • Julien Depoortere known as character setup
  • Fabrice Fernandez known as digital compositor
  • Valerie Gabriel known as CGI supervisor
  • Pierre-Loic Hamon known as character modeler
  • Jerome Hereng known as effects assistant
  • Stephane Hoarau known as character setup
  • Paul Jacamon known as digital compositor
  • Marc Joubert-Nederveen known as digital effects artist
  • Jean-Charles Laurent known as character setup
  • Mathieu Le Meur known as character setup
  • Maxime Leduc known as character modeler
  • Vincent Lemaire known as character rigger
  • Vincent Lemaire known as character setup
  • Yann Leroux known as digital compositor
  • Catherine Loonis known as lead lighter
  • David Louis known as effects assistant
  • Thierry Malherbe known as head of CG
  • Sandrine Moniez known as digital compositor
  • Mathieu Negrel known as effects supervisor
  • Antony Nguyen known as character modeler
  • Alexis Peraste known as digital compositor
  • Thibault Petillon known as digital compositor
  • Lucini Philippe known as digital compositor
  • Armand Pouya known as character setup
  • Emmanuel Revah known as render wrangler
  • François Rimasson known as character modeler
  • Marion Roger known as senior digital compositor
  • Marcia Spira known as set and prop modeler
  • Renaud Staut known as character modeling artist
  • Renaud Staut known as character rigging lead
  • Wiliam Untereiner known as effects and crowd artist
  • Wiliam Untereiner known as software developer
  • Pènèlope Vandecave known as digital compositor
  • Fabien Yorgandjian known as modeling artist / texture artist

Release Date:

  • USA 19 September 2008
  • Israel 2 October 2008
  • Taiwan 3 October 2008
  • Philippines 8 October 2008
  • Ireland 17 October 2008
  • UK 17 October 2008
  • Greece 23 October 2008
  • Iceland 21 November 2008
  • Singapore 11 December 2008
  • France 17 December 2008
  • Australia 8 January 2009
  • Russia 19 February 2009
  • Kazakhstan 12 March 2009
  • Argentina 28 March 2009 (Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema)
  • Egypt 1 April 2009
  • Netherlands 22 April 2009
  • Mexico 24 April 2009
  • Turkey 8 May 2009
  • Portugal 23 July 2009
  • Peru 13 August 2009
  • Argentina 3 December 2009
  • Germany 3 December 2009 (DVD premiere)

MPAA: Rated PG for some thematic elements, scary images, action and mild language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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