Dr. Schadenfreude attempts to take power, but Eva humiliates him. The plans!" "[110] Wrote Kurt Loder, "the picture suffers from a humor deficit. Dog Biscuits, pleasing his master Igor and his friends nearly go over a cliff, but Eva saves them all, showing her appreciation of all life. [47] On November 16, 2007, Exodus penned a deal with CKE Restaurants Inc. to have more than 3,000 Carl's Jr. and Hardee's restaurants sell Igor toy in Cool Kids Combos. [111][108][115] The soundtrack was ecstatically received by Hartlaub for its mixture of song styles. The story of the Walt Disney Company since Mr. Iger’s predecessor, Michael Eisner, took it over in 1984 is one of astonishing growth that has become the model for the modern, global media … The likes of Iron Man, Captain America, … Conceived by McKenna as a twisting of evil scientist film tropes, Igor features Cusack as the titular Igor, who lives in the kingdom of Malaria where others of his kind serve as assistants to evil scientists. "[105] According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot was "undernourished, and the wit erupts only in flashes. [112] In the opinion of an IGN critic, "Writer Chris McKenna [...] has essentially crafted a tale that robs the genre of all of its hallmarks – real monsters, gore, or even just genuinely scary moments – in lieu of a superficially entertaining tome that either borrows heavily from the above predecessors or doesn't have enough creativity not to steal from their iconic landscapes. Igor is a 2008 computer-animated comedy horror film directed by Tony Leondis from a screenplay by Chris McKenna. Igor is an underrated movie!! Club stated the visuals succeeded in "detail and fluidity" if not for taking "advantage of three-dimensional space. Jack fights his way through the lab to destroy the bugs that's damaging the control box, and thus set Igor free. While helping Eva with the “play”, Igor slowly starts to fall for his monster, who tries to convince her creator that its always better to be good than evil, no matter how much more successful evil is. '"[6] Igor was the last production of Sparx before it shut down its French offices a few months after the film's release. Character information "[28], In Howard's words, the animators went for a "puppet sensibility" in the characters' movements and designs,[16] a decision inspired by the 1967 stop motion film Mad Monster Party? [32] Leondis instructed Doyle to give the score a "slightly eastern feel," offering him the works of composers such as Bela Bartok to reference from. "[119] Even a positive TV Guide review thought it didn't work as a children's film due to its adult references and horror film elements. "[126], Some reviewers found the underlying concepts to be clever,[101][118] such as a Wired review that opined the film had a "clever premise," "outrageous characters, some artsy scenery, and some cool laboratories. Rushing into the arena, Igor tries to reason with the enraged Eva while Brain and Scamper power down the weather ray. When the doctor runs afoul of his own invention, Igor seizes the chance. Unable to tell the truth of Glickenstein's death and seizing the opportunity, Igor boldly claims that Glickenstein is creating life, which greatly pleases Malbert, who proclaims that such an invention would make its creator the greatest evil scientist of all time. [49], Igor had its worldwide premiere on September 13, 2008 at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre,[16] where the "red carpet" was purple instead of its usual color. Inspiration [19] On March 28, 2007, John Cusack replaced Slater in the role of Igor, and Hayes joined to voice Brain; the release date was also set for October 24, 2008. [38], Igor's first poster, made entirely by Leondis,[39] was released by Weinstein on April 23, 2008;[40] and the first trailer premiered online via AniMagTV[41] with a high definition video released on Yahoo! [...] It is difficult to determine what audience might have an appreciation for this, as the material will prove too dark for many youngsters and too insipid for elders. Also I had to bullshit her outfit because … I came in and said, 'We're going to do something sumptuous, something sophisticated, something crazy. Igor Plot: What's the story? [26] A 3D animatic was done in the next four months by six animators and two camera people, with two-and-a-half of those months involving revisions of the animatic. Good Walt Disney … [131], The inclusion of Louis Prima songs also garnered divided reactions; while appreciated by some reviewers[98][103] to the point where one called it "the film's best decision,"[112] others found it unfitting with Doyle's score. She eventually falls in love with Igor … Then others signed on... it just took off that way. [16] Leondis also went for an art style inspired by the fashion works of Vivienne Westwood, where it takes elements from a variety of time periods;[6] he summarized the setting's look as a mixture of the middle ages, the industrial revolution, and "Pop sixties. There is also an annual Evil Science Fair that takes place in an arena known as the Kiliseum, where the inventions fight one another while being broadcast to the rest of the planet. "[29] The titular protagonist of Igor wasn't a prisoner per se, but character designer Valérie Hadida nonetheless gave his attire prison sensibilities to symbolize him being jailed in the land he lives in; the back of his "straitjacket" has a prison uniform pattern, and the cuffs on his hands indicate handcuffs. [139] Internationally, the film was issued on Blu-ray in Germany on December 3, 2009[140] and Mexico in 2014. [30] McKenna explained, "the most difficult challenge with Igor was going to be portraying him as a hunchback without making him freakish. Igor stars an A-list-heavy cast of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Jay Leno, Eddie Izzard, Sean Hayes, Arsenio Hall, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cleese, Molly Shannon, and Christian Slater. Directed by Tony Leondis. [114] Some sources thought the film was "all its own" and "fresh" in spite of its influences of Tim Burton films[122][123] and old-school horror movies,[124] The Orlando Sentinel labeling the animation a "credible" rip-off of The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). [11] The seven-minute short was also going to premiere in festivals before being distributed. [16], According to Gitesh Pandya, "pre-release expectations were low since it is not based on any popular brand name property. According to Howard, "It was a real buzz to go out there and see our artwork come to life on their monitors. Promoted with a video game, toys, books, comic books, and fast-food tie-ins, Igor premiered at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on September 13, 2008, before starting its American nationwide theatrical run five days later. Igor appears in this show as an assistant to Victor Frankenstein. If Stravinsky's 1913 ballet was the most musically daring among the Fantasia segments, so was the idea of evolution — or at least, the idea of dramatizing it via animation in a family film. Eva roars furiously at Igor until the sunlight begins to shine once again on Malaria, which permanently deactivates her evil bone and returning to her sweet and gentle self. [32] The soundtrack also includes five Louis Prima songs. Schager wrote the animation is "at times is vibrant and elaborately eerie, and at others is so stiff, inexpressive and flat. [15] Leondis explained, "My goal was to take familiar monster motifs and rearrange them in a surprisingly fun way to evoke the memories that people have of classic monster movies. Dislikes Disney Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Igor then reluctantly takes his creation back to the castle in their car, bemoaning his failures. [20] Leondis thought Cusack had a "world-weary, but hopeful" tone to his voice perfect for Igor's character arc. [46] On July 26, Exodus inked a deal with IDW Publishing to produce a set of comic books, a prequel series to Simon & Schuster's Igor books. The Weinstein Company bought the North American rights to Igor on February 1, 2006. Eva is the deuteragonist of Igor. "[29] The visual's lighting and shading took cues from the works of Rembrandt. Igor attempts to activate the evil bone by commanding the monster to kill a fly, but she instead catches it and sets it outside. [37] At the panel, Leondis also announced the contest Be an Igor,[37] where voice actors contributed video recordings of themselves acting like an Igor for their voices to be used for extras; the top-five results were included as extras for the film's DVD. The Nightmare Before Christmas characters, The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's Revenge, The Nightmare Before Christmas: The Pumpkin King, https://disney.fandom.com/wiki/Igor_(The_Nightmare_Before_Christmas)?oldid=4353536. [138] The film ranked fourth in its opening weekend at the DVD sales chart, making $3,509,704 off 175,000 DVD units. Unfortunately, he must to keep his talent a secret out of fear of being sent to the Igor recycling plant, especially from his master, the incompetent Doctor Glickenstein (John Cleese). At this same moment, King Malbert arrives to see Glickenstein and demand that he build an invention that could defeat Schadenfreude, who Malbert fears will replace him as king due to his popularity. IGOR is the animation movie by Tony Leondis. Brain also decides to get his brain cleaned and to watch TV but breaks the remote to his TV, so he takes the remote from Eva's room and, in an attempt to change the channel, inadvertently changes the monster's TV channel from a horror movie marathon to a talk show whose topic of the day is the history of acting. After throwing out Heidi, Glickenstein ignores Igor's concerns of using better parts for his latest invention, which is a rocket ship that malfunctions and explodes, taking Glickenstein with it. [129] According to one journalist, "this is one cast that consistently had me laughing across the board. [14] He got onboard due to sharing McKenna's interest in horror films and sardonic sense of humor, in addition to being intro film noir and German Expressionism works;[5] Leondis helped the writer in developing the setting's backstory, a more complicated process than McKenna predicted that required collaboration from not just the director but also the actors and producers. [45], Exodus planned Igor to be a franchise since its inception[9] and made several Igor merchandise deals with other companies while the film was in production. It was distributed in North America by MGM Distribution Co. and internationally by The Weinstein Company. Brain and Scamper help Igor escape from the plant and learn that Malbert had deliberately killed Malaria's crops with a weather ray that created the storm clouds so he could implement his "Evil Inventions" plan, thereby keeping himself in power. [32] The score's Gothic elements were executed through a set of Choir samples. Disney Chairman Bob Iger is teasing a special addition to Black Panther on Disney+. [23] Izard came up with his own accent for Schadenfreude. [26] Since Sparx was in a partnership with HP Inc., hardware by the technology company was used for Igor.[26]. With John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, Myleene Klass. [88] In the UK, the film opened on 32 screens with a gross of £56,177 for a screen average of £1,756 and placing it at No. [26] The following six months, 50 of the Vietnamese workers animated the film before it was taken to the Paris office for the lighting and final compositing to be done with Digital Fusion. "[113] Franklin called it too "inconsistent,"[106] Hartlaub who opined "the character design leans more toward disturbing than cute,"[109] and Total Film who was turned off by the "shoddiness" of the art style. [12], In a November 2005 interview, Howard announced that the rigging and voice recording for the short was completed and that storyboards were nearly finished for the animation to start soon; he also shared about the film's content, "This is a slightly edgier picture we're dealing with. Home "[124] The A.V. The crowd boos at Malbert for his treachery before the damaged weather ray falls and crushes him to death. He unleashes the monster on the Science Fair where she destroys all the Evil Inventions whilst singing Annie's "Tomorrow". Entertainment: Oogie Boogie’s Freaky Funhouse Show Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a … Worldwide, Igor was released in Taiwan on October 3, 2008;[51] the Philippines on October 8, 2008;[52] Israel and the United Kingdom on October 10, 2008;[53][54] Greece on October 23, 2008;[55] Malaysia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates on November 20, 2008;[56][57][58] Iceland on November 21, 2008;[59] Singapore on December 11, 2008;[60] France on December 17, 2008;[61] Kuwait and Lebanon on January 1, 2009;[62][63] Australia on January 3, 2009;[64] Oman on January 8, 2009;[65] Bahrain on January 22, 2009;[66] South Africa on January 23, 2009;[67] Russia on February 19, 2009;[68] Belgium and Egypt on April 1, 2009;[69][70] the Netherlands on April 23, 2009;[71] Mexico on April 24, 2009;[72] Turkey on May 8, 2009;[73] Spain on June 5, 2009;[74] Portugal on July 23, 2009;[75] Peru on August 13, 2009;[76] Brazil on October 9, 2009;[77] Argentina on December 3, 2009;[78] Chile on February 11, 2010;[79] Uruguay on March 26, 2010;[80] Bolivia on September 9, 2010;[81] South Korea on March 10, 2011;[82] and Venezuela on September 9, 2011. Igor's first teaser trailer premiered at the 2008 New York Comic-Con before being released online on May 7, 2008. The mainstream release opened on October 17 at 418 screens and made £981,750 with a screen average of £2,348. Upon learning this, Igor attempts to kill Brain with an axe in anger for ruining his monster. While not a smashing success, the film … Source Igor is a character from the animated series, Goof Troop, he appeared in the episode Frankengoof This character article is a stub . Igor manages to lead the giant back to the castle with flowers that she likes. Igor is heard muttering "Mmm, Mash good!" Igor escapes, but is too late to stop Schadenfreude from exposing Igor to the King who sends him to an "Igor Recycling Plant". Mr. Iger announced in summer 2017 that Disney would introduce its own Netflix-style service and stop selling movie rerun rights to Netflix, forgoing hundreds of millions of dollars in … [86] As of December 2019, Igor has the 184th biggest opening weekend in a September month. Igor Synopsis "Igor," is a playfully irreverent comedy which brings a new twist to the classic monster genre. The UK total gross is £1,110,859. "[118] As Entertainment Weekly summarized in their review, "the visuals are a kick; the groan-inducing dialogue isn't," and the hero is "charmless. "[103] Exclaim! Christmas: Jingle Bell, Jingle BAM! [22] On July 26, 2007, Eddie Izard replaced Piven for the role of Dr. While attending the 1998 Cannes Film Festival,[4] Chris McKenna's interest in Transylvania-inspired settings caused him to conceive an evil scientist film like Frankenstein (1931) that has all of its common tropes twisted; the hunchback is smart instead of dumb, the scientist's creation is friendly instead of monstrous, the evil scientist isn't intelligent, and the jar brain is stupid. Allies [26] For the film's 120 characters, 65 locations, and 250 props, Leondis wanted them to be asymmetrical,[26] a decision coming from the film's backstory about a farm land taken over by castles with technology:[28] "I wanted the in-organic shapes to not exactly fit, to be thrust upon our peaceful organic world. Igor appears during the "Minions Anonymous" meeting scene. Feature films igor-movie.com. Igor garnered an Annie Award nomination for Valérie Hadida's character design. "[90], Alex Billington, also covering the trailer, predicted Igor might be good thanks to its cast, but may do mediocrely at the box office, citing the performance of a previous English-language animated film released in 2006 and made in France. [106] Some reviewers were turned off by its pacing; Franklin noted that its "characters run around in a manic rush and yet there's little 'action' to speak of,"[106] while Robert Abele of Los Angeles Times wrote the pacing issues came in its editing, camera movements, and line deliveries. [87] The film then grossed $19,528,602 domestically and $11,218,902 overseas for a worldwide total of $30,747,504. Marvel Studios has built their cinematic empire on the backs of "B-list" characters. We're going to mix freaks, skulls and the generally creepy with the architecture of the Liberace museum. Igor appears the game when he ran off and accidentally locked Doctor Finklestein out of the lab. "Igor" is the first animated feature film produced by Exodus Film Group and the French CGI animation studio, Sparx*. [16] Leondis stated regarding the coloring, "Olivier [Besson] would use an unrealistic color like pink for the sky if the emotional moment called for it — and somehow still made it feel like our world. A very early concept art of Igor and along with Dr. Finkelstein. Likes "[117] The Orlando Sentinel dismissed it as "chatty and dull" and "a bit too reliant on innuendo. Afterwards, he returns to the doctor and release him back in. [24] Due to Igor's inspiration originating from a European nation and being most famous in the continent of Europe, Howard wanted to have a European studio responsible for the animation's aesthetic. "[5], As Howard described casting A-list actors for the film, "We sent them the script. [...] While the pundits say Igor has moments of Tim Burton-esque visual invention, it's a pretty mediocre affair, filled with shopworn pop-culture references and manic action but few laughs; plus, it's probably a bit too dark for the wee ones. He helps Victor in his experiments, which includes bringing Gerhard back from the dead as Frankenstein's Monster. Dr. Schadenfreude takes Igor to his home and attempts to blackmail him into giving him Eva by threatening to reveal Glickenstein's doom to King Malbert. [17] Jeremy Piven and Molly Shannon, Leondis' first decision for Eva,[15] were cast for the roles of Dr. Schadenfreude and Eva respectively on October 19, 2006. Igor Club labeled it an "appealing mix of macabre, reference-heavy horror-movie trappings and good-natured positivism," favorably comparing it to Burton's works for being "appealingly manic and cute as well as sick. She is an hideous and enormous monster created by Igor. In trying to achieve his dream to become an evil scientist, Igor accidentally creates a sweet female monster named Eva. "[105] IGN thought the animation looked like "a bargain-basement ripoff of better films. [22] Exodus signed another merchandise deal on June 11 with Corgi International, where they would release various products, such as figures, play sets, electronic role-play games, pocket money toys, plush toys, in September 2008. On the way back to the castle, Schadenfreude chases after Igor attempts to steal Eva by using a shrink ray, only to fail and end up shrinking himself. summarized, " the journey is sloppy and uneven, with technical fouls aplenty. This placed it at No. She is voiced by Molly Shannon. "[16] On March 4, 2005, Slater joined the cast to play the title character in the short film, and Fil Barlow to direct. Igor and Jack in one of the original scenes. Day 6- Eva. he was captured when the bugs drove the security system wild. "[104] Slant Magazine writer Nick Schager concluded that it "feels chintzy and imitative, with kids unlikely to be seriously captivated by its bland hero and viewers over the age of five ultimately apt to relate only to Scamper (Steve Buscemi), an immortal rabbit desperate to commit suicide. [18] On January 10, 2007 Jennifer Coolidge joined the cast to play Jaclyn and Heidi, and Leno switched from voicing Brain to King Malbert. • World of Color: Villainous! Once Upon a Time "[16] [6] Other influences Leondis used on the look included Brassaï's use of black-and-white and Mary Blair's color style. Igor. After Igor gets his biscuits, he helps jack disable the electrode machine guarding the doctor's lab. "[84] However, he projected an opening weekend gross of $8 million due to no competition with other family films and "a marketing push highlighting how Halloween comes early this year thanks to this monster mash." A playfully irreverent comedy with a new twist to the classic monster genre, "Igor" is the story of a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a … [26] According to Sparx manager Jean-Philippe Again, each animator completed an average of 0.6 seconds of animation. Failure She ends up watching the talk show for several hours and upon leaving the salon, she can speak proper English and aspires to be an actress. Steve Buscemi signed on very early, and he's an 'actor's actor.' on May 8, 2008. [26] Rending was done with another Autodesk program, Mental Ray; and the company actually trained Sparx in rendering more efficiently for the first half of production . 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