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Written by Hisham Qaddoumi   
Monday, 09 March 2009 19:21

IgorA Personal View

It took me three times of watching “Igor” to realize how we, small insignificant “Igors”, can really change the world shall we discover the none-evil scientists inside our souls. I personally believe that this movie, though done in 3D animation, is mostly targeting adults than kids as you might think.

What most I liked about it is how you can mix fantasy with 3D none-realistic characters and some marvelous music that runs smoothly with the all-marvelous performance of the creative actors and still can feel as real as if it happens on earth every day. This is a movie that you should watch with your kids and I am sure you will both learn new things on your different levels.

The Story

The plot is both easy and complicated at the same time. An insignificant “Igor” who serves an “Evil Scientist” tries to fight his right to rise, breaking the rules that made Igors less than scientists. The story happens in “Malaria”, a great country that once was green and sunny nowadays is in darkness and greenless land. A huge cloud covered the country for years which caused all the plants to die as darkness that covered the sun was enough to kill everything green. It is amazing how the clouds who brings life with the rain they carry can kill everything shall they last endlessly.

The king of Malaria gets an idea to save the country which became weak, poor and worthless. The idea is to raise the Malaria scientists to create evil inventions so that they can threaten the whole world and blackmail them to pay Malaria, which by now became the richest most powerful country because of th kings most genius “economic recovery plan”.

The Complex

Living long in darkness would sure be reflected on the souls of the people of Malaria. There becomes the racist community that has only two major classes: Evil Scientists, who are important, powerful and has the high privileges and Igors who are meant to serve the scientists only. You can differentiate Igors from scientists from the hunch backs that all Igors have.

Igors are absolutely insignificant and unimportant, though not referred as slaves but they play the same role. They have absolutely no rights, even the right to have a different name than “Igor” which they all have to have. They work all day long for the evil scientists with a five minutes break a week and they will be recycled if they try to think, talk or act against their masters wills and wishes.

A most successful evil scientist lives on top by stealing the ideas from other scientists by the help of his girlfriend which turn to act as every scientists girlfriend, disguised by a special pill, to steal the ideas from them. The loser who gets a place not his own is a modern complex that impacts our society as mentioned in this movie in a creative, twisted funny way.

The Igor who wants to rise up and be an evil scientist, stealing few minutes every day from the stupid scientist he works with to practice and create his own “evil” inventions. The Igor who tends to defy the rules though he is blinded by the facts that “evil” is good.

The “evil” inventions, which can be barely, described evil, which exist to be evil though they fail to commit evil.  “Eva” the largest evil invention and the first “life” created by “Igor” which fights her “evil bone” that failed to start as she could not commit a single evil action. A bizarre family that Igor can be described as their father that passes through the enlightening process to start see things through a different view.

The Ending

The movie end in a classic “Big Happy Ending” just as you expect it to do. But when you have a different look, you will realize that happy endings sometimes really happen. Recalling the quote from “Sex and The City Movie” when Carrie Bradshaw said: “I guess in some certain houses, fairy tales do happen”.

We can see in life how the Igor “Obama”, who belongs to a long line of insignificant “Igors” who just 60 years back were never allowed to mix with others could change the facts that Igors will always be Igors. The old United “Malarian” States has officially gone forever. An Igor has declared the light to the modern “Malarian” world as never before. I guess in some countries, happy endings may really happens and Igors might change the facts.

The Making

The makers of this movie has really “squeezed their brains” well before even starting to work on it. Each element in the movie is significant. You won’t be able to ignore any character, object or a work that said in the sequence.

The characters were sure made carefully. The Igors are hunchbacked, which reminds you with the Notre Dame story in old Paris where the hunchbacks were that times “Igors” just because they look different. The evil scientists looked rich and evil, with bizarre and obviously expensive clothes and costumes. The king who looked mostly like a cockroach and you can feel it in his acts as well. The evil inventions who looked like a family with Igor. Eva, who changed thing by being a “failure” evil invention looked large but lovely.

The makers also carefully picked the actors really carefully. Maybe because Anthony Leondis, the director, is well known for taking care of the smallest details as he was also a co-writer with the movie. I really laughed a lot on the funny performance of both “Sean Hayes” and “Steve Buscemi” who acted as “Brain” and “Scamper”.

All in all, the movie was written, directed and made with a lot of thinking. I can say that there was a lot of “brain” used to make such a movie that I really recommend all to watch, especially all the politicians in the world.

The Music

You cannot speak about a movie that Patrick Doyle wrote the music for and ignore talking about its music. The “Doylic” style of the music made the movie a really musical. The solo piano performances for Doyle within the movie music were charming and more near to dreams than reality. I was very sad when I found that the original soundtrack of the movie was very brief and poor. Most lovely pieces in the movie were either not included or briefed in the soundtrack version. I really wish there will be an extended album that might come which will include more music of the movie especially the piano solos played by Doyle like the one in the rehearsal scene for Eva with Igor.

Movie Info

Director: Anthony Leondis
Writers: Chris McKenna and John Hoffman (additional screenplay)
Release Date: 19 September 2008 (USA)
Genre: Animation | Comedy
Rating: Rated PG for some thematic elements, scary images, action and mild language.
Runtime: 87 min
Country: USA | France
Language: English
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
Company: Exodus Film Group
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DVD Info

Actors: John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Myleene Klass, Robin Walsh
Directors: Anthony Leondis
Writers: Anthony Leondis, Chris McKenna, Dimitri Toscas, John Hoffman
Producers: Darius A. Kamali, Jamée Deruso, Jean-Luc De Fanti
Format: AC-3, Animated, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Number of discs: 1
Studio: MGM (Video & DVD)
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
Run Time: 87 minutes
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