Video: John Cusack in “Igor”

by | May 14, 2008 at 8:21 AM | General

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You always hear about the evil mad scientist with his diabolical doomsday device of devastating design. You never hear about the poor suffering toadies without whom the mad scientists would have to pull their own switches, lug their own nuts and do all the gruntwork themselves. In fact, you hear so little about these folks that they all go by the name of the position’s originator – Igor. They’re all igors, and therefore second-class citizens.

That’s not enough for one igor, though. Every year, he’s gone to the Evil Science Fair in Malaria as a lowly subordinate to the nefarious Dr. Glickenstein, because no one will look beyond his unfortunate hunchback and recognize his own scientific genius. But when Dr. Glickenstein dies two weeks before the Fair, this particular Igor recognizes the opportunity and seizes his shot at glory. With the help of an angry brain-in-a-jar and a zombie rabbit, Igor will cover up Glickenstein’s death and unveil his stunning creation – a powerful creature he’s named “Eva.” Who wants to be an actress.

Starring the voices of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard, Sean Hayes, John Cleese, Jennifer Coolidge, Molly Shannon, Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall, Igor looks to be an amusing animated adventure set in that dark-yet-light Burtonesque genre, telling a tale of the dangers of overlooking the ugly likely with more imagination than the Shrek movies manage. Check out the trailer and see if you like it, and then wait for September to roll around so you can go see it.

Watch the trailer for the animated comedy Igor.