Igor (PG)

Animation 86 September 19, 2008
By Robert Wilonsky
When I asked how he liked this atrocious-looking alleged comedy, about an evil scientist's assistant and his attempt to out-evil the boss—and the competition—to become beloved throughout the dreary land of Malaria, my 5-year-old responded: "I don't want to talk about it." And this from a kid who was looking forward to Igor as much as he was Star Wars: Clone Wars, the latter an unhealthy obsession since diapers. (His mother offered only an irritated scowl, followed by a brief how-could-they rant about the movie's heretical use of Annie iconography.) Alas, what a dispiriting wreck this cartoon is, from the director of straight-to-video animated Disney sequels (Anthony Leondis) and the writer of a handful of American Dad episodes (Chris McKenna)—which, right there, should have been warning enough. Not sure who Igor's intended audience is: With its copious references to murder and mayhem, it's a touch too scary and far too boring for the wee ones, and decidedly too messy and far too boring for their parents. Steve Buscemi as a cranky immortal cat and Sean Hayes as a jarred (bird) brain on wheels are the sidekicks who should have starred; instead, it's John Cusack as the tiny Igor with big dreams and Molly Shannon as the big monster with enormous aspirations—to become a spoiled actress. So bad it's scary.
Anthony Leondis John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese, Jeremy Piven, Jennifer Coolidge, Christian Slater Chris McKenna Max Howard MGM

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