Igor Synopsis "Igor," is a playfully irreverent comedy which brings a new twist to the classic monster genre. [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. 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. [33] However, differences towards the artistic vision and release idea of the film between Weinstein and Exodus led Weinstein to sell the North American rights back to Exodus. [26], The set up of the tools and workflow for animating the film went on the same six months the designs were being conceived; the Paris office modelled and rigged the characters, and the Vietnamese space modelled the props and sets. Igor appears during the "Minions Anonymous" meeting scene. "[126] Even a reviewer who found the film's concept conformist, Peter Bradshaw, wrote that it was made up for by its dark tone. "[126] The visuals did have its detractors, however. On May 11, 2007, Exodus signed a deal with Simon & Schuster to publish seven children's books based on Igor. Dr. Schadenfreude attempts to take power, but Eva humiliates him. It was distributed in North America by MGM Distribution Co. and internationally by The Weinstein Company. Upon learning this, Igor attempts to kill Brain with an axe in anger for ruining his monster. 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. [114] Franklin also panned its "dated" and "forced" pop-culture humor,[106] and Janice Page wrote it "riffs on classic monster-movie cliches mostly by spinning them into newly unfunny cliches. As per the latest figures, 596,146 DVD units have been sold, translating to $11,739,919 in revenue. 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. You can help Disney Wiki by expanding it . Meanwhile, another evil scientist named Dr. Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard) becomes immensely popular due to winning several Evil Science Fairs in a row. [5] In the 2000s, the increasing amount of cheap technology led smaller, independent companies to produce films in the animation industry; one of them was Exodus, where its film Igor was the first feature-length animation to be budgeted entirely with private equity. [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. Igor. igor-movie.com. "[16] On March 4, 2005, Slater joined the cast to play the title character in the short film, and Fil Barlow to direct. he was captured when the bugs drove the security system wild. Instead of Mickey Mouse setting off sparks as in the film, the fireworks in Small World come from several charged meetings between American mogul Walt Disney (Mark Shanahan) and Russian composer Igor … Source. [101] The Sydney Morning Herald praised it for being unique from most family films due to its cast of improv actors and impertinent horror concept: "Igor celebrates a defiantly adolescent and suitably caricatured vision of mortality with the potential to have adults and special young malcontents in stitches. 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. I came in and said, 'We're going to do something sumptuous, something sophisticated, something crazy. Neither will they respond to a script (by Chris McKenna) that seems more focused on tickling movie-savvy adults [...] 'Igor' leaves us unmoved by its vertically challenged hero. "[125] A five-out-of-five review from Dread Central claimed, "The comedic timing is top notch with humor that is 95% mean spirited, often remarkably dark and at times even a little gory. 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. Schadenfreude tricks Eva into coming with him by having Heidi (Glickenstein's "girlfriend" who is revealed to be Jaclyn in disguise) pretend to kiss Igor. Afterwards, he returns to the doctor and release him back in. There's sort of an underclass were you're born an Igor and you can only aspire to be an Igor, but, of course, he has greater aspirations than that. In its opening weekend the film grossed $7,803,347, ranking #4 at the box office alongside Lakeview Terrace, Burn After Reading and My Best Friend's Girl. [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. [90] The DVD includes deleted scenes, bloopers, and a featurette named Be An Igor; and Blu-ray includes those plus an alternate opening and commentary by Leondis, McKenna and Howard. Igor and Jack in one of the original scenes. 3 for that weekend. Likes When the doctor runs afoul of his own invention, Igor seizes the chance. Leondis first met Patrick Doyle, one of his favorite film composers, about Igor in October 2007; Leondis showed Doyle the film without music as well as concept drawings, which got the composer "immediately excited. Eva is the deuteragonist of Igor. PLOT: Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the … [18] On January 10, 2007 Jennifer Coolidge joined the cast to play Jaclyn and Heidi, and Leno switched from voicing Brain to King Malbert. 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 … 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. "Igor" is the first animated feature film produced by Exodus Film Group and the French CGI animation studio, Sparx*. Background information The Disney-owned ESPN has also been hit hard as live sporting events have been suspended, and with movie theaters closed, Disney was forced to push back the premier of its big … Igor and Eva live happily together as Malaria becomes a better place. Noel Murray analyzed Igor had a difficult time selling tickets due to being "too macabre for young children and too cutesy for hip adult moviegoers,"[89] and Adam Quigley reported it was "instantly forgotten following its release. [12], Igor was produced over the course of two years[6] beginning in November 2006. As a result, Malaria became a dark country where evil reigned supreme. [10] The original plan was to produce a short film, titled Igor: Unholy Frijoles, that would get the producers comfortable with making a feature-length film and serve as a launch for a longer version of Igor to be released in 2007. Igor tries to convince the monster that she is evil but fails as the gentle giantess misinterpreted it as “Eva" (Molly Shannon) thinking that's the name he gave her. [103] According to The New York Times, "Kiddies [...] will be undiverted by the humdrum animation and a palette that mirrors the film's moral and meteorological gloom. Igor is a 2008 computer-animated comedy horror film directed by Tony Leondis from a screenplay by Chris McKenna. Source Igor is a character from the animated series, Goof Troop, he appeared in the episode Frankengoof This character article is a stub . "[100], Many criticisms were pointed towards the story, mainly that it was very unclear in messages,[101] form,[102] and age appeal. In truth, he always steals the prize-winner from another scientist before the fair with help of his shape-shifting girlfriend, Jaclyn (Jennifer Coolidge), and desires to overthrow King Malbert and rule Malaria as its new king. A hunchbacked lab assistant schemes to build a prize-winning monster. Igor then reluctantly takes his creation back to the castle in their car, bemoaning his failures. [16] Hadida was later nominated for an Annie Award for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production for her work on Igor. Igor appears in this show as an assistant to Victor Frankenstein. [16], According to Gitesh Pandya, "pre-release expectations were low since it is not based on any popular brand name property. Igor escapes, but is too late to stop Schadenfreude from exposing Igor to the King who sends him to an "Igor Recycling Plant". 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. Day 6- Eva. Disney Wiki is a FANDOM Movies Community. Igor is Dr. Finkelstein's assistant and a minor character from Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas. "[105] According to The Hollywood Reporter, the plot was "undernourished, and the wit erupts only in flashes. [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. The likes of Iron Man, Captain America, … Something familiar enough to connect to, but at the same time fresh and unexpected so that it became a fun ride – and maybe makes them think a little along the way. Igor Disney Chairman Bob Iger is teasing a special addition to Black Panther on Disney+. [22] On July 26, 2007, Eddie Izard replaced Piven for the role of Dr. Igor later attempts to brainwash Eva into becoming evil by bringing her to a brainwashing salon. After Igor gets his biscuits, he helps jack disable the electrode machine guarding the doctor's lab. 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It's not supposed to be scary, but there's a gross-out value, which we hope kids will really enjoy. Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Iger apologized on Thursday after an elementary school in Berkeley, Calif., was fined by the corporation for showing “The Lion King” during a movie night fundraiser. Character information [26] Since Sparx was in a partnership with HP Inc., hardware by the technology company was used for Igor.[26]. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. Originally, Igor intended her to be a weapon of chaos and destruction, but she was accidentally brainwashed into an actress by one of Igor's original creations Brain. It is MGM's first fully computer-animated film as well as the studio's first animated film in twelve years following 1996's All Dogs Go to Heaven 2. "[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. "[111] The story is "innocuous and predictable—a modest do-gooder trying to pretend that its not Cartoonland's most direct attack of the Bush administration," wrote Amy Nicholson. 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 … [129] According to one journalist, "this is one cast that consistently had me laughing across the board. Igor appears the game when he ran off and accidentally locked Doctor Finklestein out of the lab. "[91] Peter Sciretta also had little faith in the film's quality due to Weinstein's poor reputation with animated films,[40] but Kryten Syxx wrote that "there's enough [in the trailer] to please horror fans" as well as children,[92] Ryan Parsons suggested that Igor "looks charming enough" to compete with bigger productions from Pixar and Dreamworks,[93] and Cartoon Brew thought it looked "intriguing" judging by the trailer. on May 8, 2008. "[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. [6] It was Sparx's first theatrical film, as their previous work were direct-to-video products and television productions such as Rolie Polie Olie (1998–2004) and Mickey's Twice Upon a Christmas (2004). The Weinstein Company bought the North American rights to Igor on February 1, 2006. [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. Television programs "[29] The visual's lighting and shading took cues from the works of Rembrandt. The crowd boos at Malbert for his treachery before the damaged weather ray falls and crushes him to death. Igor reveals his plan to build a dog to Eva, with the giantess remarking that they'll just adopt if it doesn't work out. [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. [127] Some critics called it one of the rare family flicks to appeal to adults as well as kids. [16] The soundtrack was released on September 30, 2008 by Varèse Sarabande. The Nightmare Before ChristmasInspector Gadget #Disney #is not as good #igor movie #igor #big #animated #sparx entertainment #virtuos ld. 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. Steve Buscemi signed on very early, and he's an 'actor's actor.' [50] Howard recalled that "almost everyone turned out for the premiere. It was 2013, and Disney had months earlier paid $4 billion for Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company behind the space opera of Princess Leia, Darth Vader and the power of the Force. Then others signed on... it just took off that way. Schadenfreude is then relegated to pickle salesman and for Jaclyn, who's revealed to be a female Igor, a pretzel saleswoman (while she begins to have feelings for Schadenfreude's Igor) while the annual science fair becomes an annual musical theatre showcase. Rushing into the arena, Igor tries to reason with the enraged Eva while Brain and Scamper power down the weather ray. [86] As of December 2019, Igor has the 184th biggest opening weekend in a September month. Club stated the visuals succeeded in "detail and fluidity" if not for taking "advantage of three-dimensional space. One Igor (John Cusack), however, is a talented inventor who aspires to be an evil scientist himself. 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. Video games [34] However, Weinstein was involved in international distribution, and when selling Igor at the 2006 Marché du Film before production started, companies from almost every territory bought it;[35] according to Howard, "We pre-sold [the film] to all the former east bloc countries pretty much on the name alone. Igor and his friends nearly go over a cliff, but Eva saves them all, showing her appreciation of all life. [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. jack offers to get Igor a box of Bone Biscuits if he lets him in. The Nightmare Before Christmas: Oogie's RevengeDisney Crossy Road [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! [4][43] On August 28, 2008, Exodus partnered with Marlaria.com and the Against Malaria Foundation for Igor to be a spokesperson for donating to end the Malaria crisis. Walt Disney Co. stunned the media world Tuesday when Bob Iger handed the keys to the Magic Kingdom to a longtime lieutenant, Bob Chapek. The monarchy has been dissolved and Malaria becomes a republic with Igor as the president. [9] Exodus was developing the film as part of a $50 million fund that also included The Hero of Color City and Amarillo Armadillo; Igor made up a chunk of the fund, being budgeted at $30 million. [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. The UK total gross is £1,110,859. Funny, creepy, deformed, loyal [139] Internationally, the film was issued on Blu-ray in Germany on December 3, 2009[140] and Mexico in 2014. The animation was completed at France's Sparx Animation Studios and a facility in Vietnam. Inspiration He also suggested the film would drop only modestly in later weeks.[85]. Brain then brags on about how he changed the channel for Eva's TV, thus admitting that he made her what she is. Feature films [107], Michael Phillips called Igor unfunny, "uneven and overstuffed," although highlight the presence of Scamper. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Despite receiving mixed reviews from film critics, the film was positively welcomed from audiences and grossed $30.7 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. According to Howard, "It was a real buzz to go out there and see our artwork come to life on their monitors. [12] On July 19, 2005, Buscemi, Cleese, and Leno entered the cast as the characters Scamper, Dr. Glickenstein, and Brian the Brain. "[115] A review from the Toronto Star claimed cliches, "movie quotes and Hollywood parodies dictate the action," also stating the kids wouldn't get the references. Lab assistant Igor (John Cusack) dreams of becoming a mad scientist like his master, Dr. Glickenstein. Dislikes [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. "[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. Halloween Town 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. It first seems his experiment failed but seconds later, the monster, which turns out to be female, reveals to have been revived and later escapes. "[124] The A.V. Schadenfreude. We're going to mix freaks, skulls and the generally creepy with the architecture of the Liberace museum. Appearance • The 1960s novelty song "Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers mentions Igor: "The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds / Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds". "[16] [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. [27], Igor's first six months with Sparx involved the French facility conceiving the visual style. [23] Izard came up with his own accent for Schadenfreude. [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. Schager wrote the animation is "at times is vibrant and elaborately eerie, and at others is so stiff, inexpressive and flat. There, he discovers that the evil bone he gave her was not activated, making the monster sweet, friendly and gentle despite being hideous. [42] I Watch Stuff was turned off by the "archetypical Disney-esque jokes and characters" presented in the trailer, also mocking Igor's design as "a hunchbacked David Gest. "[110] Wrote Kurt Loder, "the picture suffers from a humor deficit. "[32] Due to having themes for different types of characters, Igor's score incorporates multiple styles, such as piano concerto for Eva's theme and a tango tinge for Dr. Schadenfreude's dance-y side. 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. She eventually falls in love with Igor … "[6] Igor was computer-animated with Autodesk Maya in less than 18 months. Igor Plot: What's the story? [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. "[130] A Total Film reviewer called it "a compellingly oddball tale that should eventually find its niche as a minor late-night cult classic for Nightmare Before Christmas fans," although called its themes of "suicide and spousal abuse" odd for a family film. Voice [36] The Weinstein Company ran an Igor panel at the 2008 New York Comic-Con, where, in addition to being an exclusive premiere of the first trailer, McKenna and Leondis presented details about the film. "[117] The Orlando Sentinel dismissed it as "chatty and dull" and "a bit too reliant on innuendo. [6] Other influences Leondis used on the look included Brassaï's use of black-and-white and Mary Blair's color style. Work was split between the studio's Paris and Vietnam facilities, and despite a large array of celebrity voices, the film ended up becoming rather obscure. 48 notes. The mainstream release opened on October 17 at 418 screens and made £981,750 with a screen average of £2,348. "[6], As of January 13, 2008, the release date was set at October 17, 2008. [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. [116] Schager explained, "Director Anthony Leondis peppers his tale with a host of leaden cinematic references children will almost surely miss, which is just as well since virtually every film-related gag directed at adults feels like a pitiful attempt at knowing cleverness. He helps Victor in his experiments, which includes bringing Gerhard back from the dead as Frankenstein's Monster. Walt Disney … Marvel Studios has built their cinematic empire on the backs of "B-list" characters. [26] According to Sparx manager Jean-Philippe Again, each animator completed an average of 0.6 seconds of animation. [20] Leondis thought Cusack had a "world-weary, but hopeful" tone to his voice perfect for Igor's character arc. "[113], Mark Demetrius of Filmink opined that the film was ruined by cliches, an overwhelming amount of adult jokes, forced humor, and "pathetic" ending. Among his inventions are his friends Scamper (Steve Buscemi), a re-animated, immortal and suicidal rabbit and Brain (Sean Hayes), an unintelligent robot with a human brain transplanted into a life support jar. [32] The score's Gothic elements were executed through a set of Choir samples. "[95] The site reports only 39% of 93 professional reviews being "fresh" as of December 2019;[96] while the film holds a "mixed or average" aggregate score of 40/100 on Metacritic based on 19 reviews as of the same time. "[5], As Howard described casting A-list actors for the film, "We sent them the script. 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