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87 min. Rated PG

Directed by Anthony Leondis

(Director; Lilo & Stich 2)

Have you ever seen a kid's movie that was completely not for kids? But not in that, "oh, the humor is for adults, and it's too sophisticated for kids" kind of way... but more in that, "wow... this is bad, and will scare kids long before entertaining kids, " kind of way?

Well, here's your chance.

The animated film, Igor will hit theaters with a big loud thud. Though voiced with great charm, and animated with great care, the one important thing that was left out of this completely forgettable project, was a good story. They even forgot to make it a children's story as well.

In the town of Malaria, there's a special Igor, working for an evil scientist; who every year must create a new "evil monster" to terrorize the world at large. But when the scientist gets killed... that's right, killed, by his own invention, our hero Igor, must prove against all odds that HE is as genius as any evil scientist and take it upon himself to create an evil monster of mass destruction. Of course, there's our antagonist, who wants to steal such invention, and a King who wants the antagonist to never win another "evil science fair." It's not very complicated.

Following stupid formulaic kid's movie storylines, our hero succeeds in creating something, but the shenanigans that ensue from the invention take us on a silly ride of lies, chases, and misunderstandings. At no point in the film's thankfully short 87 minutes, is there a redeeming quality for kids. Sure, the overall message is that everybody has a few "evil" bones in there body, but learning not to use them is the important thing. But it's delivered so poorly, there's no way kids will truly let it sink in. In fact, they'll probably be too busy trying to build their own monsters of death and destruction... What a great message...

An even greater message; dubiously, would be that suicide... is funny. That's right... the main sidekick, Scampers an invention of Igor's, is suicidal. This cute little stuffed animal-type obnoxious character often whines about wanting to end his life. The filmmakers get around this though, by making Scampers have the ability to come back to life, every time he dies. Because that happens and in real life, it makes it ok right?

When your characters spend an entire movie with ambitions to be truly evil...remaining a kid's movie becomes obsolete. And if it's not a kid's movie, it surely is too insipid and formulaic to be a good film for adults. There's no in between. There's nothing original here, but an animated film that has no audience... and probably shouldn't have one either.


Igor Stars the Voices of:

John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Sean Hayes, Molly Shannon, John Cleese & Jay Leno

This movie is similar to: CORPSE BRIDE (2004)...LILO & STITCH (2002)... HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME (1996) ...HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN (1944)