Western Animation / Igor


A 2008 CGI animated film that spoofs and references various horror movies, most obviously Frankenstein. Set in Malaria, a country that thrives on Mad Science, and where all hunchbacks have no choice but to become Igors. The main character, however, has plans to break free from his station and become a Mad Scientist himself. His attempt at creating an evil monster backfires, and he ends up creating an Ugly Cute Monster Girl who isn't evil in the slightest and would rather be an actress.

Igor's quest for glory is hampered by Dr. Schadenfreude, who has won the Evil Science Fair every year by stealing the winning invention from an actual Mad Scientist, and who sees Eva as his ticket not just to winning, but to taking control of the kingdom from King Malbert, who has a secret or two of his own. On top of that, Igor starts to develop feelings for Eva and begins to question the way the kingdom is run. Is being evil really their only option? And can a giant actress in a red dress really win the Evil Science Fair with showtunes?

This movie provides examples of:

  • Brainwash: An actual business in Malaria, the Brain Wash, where Igor takes Eva to turn her evil, and Brain gets a literal washing.
  • Camp Straight: Dr. Schadenfreude can be rather campy, but he is definitely straight.
  • Chekhov's Gag: During the scene where Eva is brought to life, Scamper throws the switch before he and Brain were to do it at the count of three, much to Brain's chagrin. Later on, when they're going down the recycling chute to save Igor, Brain says they'd jump on the count of three, then shoves Scamper in before he says '3'.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The "wish you weren't there" card.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: The Igor Recycling Plant.
  • Creator Cameo: Chris McKenna, the writer, plays a man in the crowd at the Killiseum, who says, "That's Dr. Schadenfreude's invention?"
  • Perpetual Storm: The land of Malaria is besieged by ever encompassing storm clouds which force its inhabitants to become Mad Scientists to survive. Said clouds were brought about by King Malbert's weather machine.
  • Precision F-Strike: Schadenfreude lets one "dammit" slip when he discovers Igor has invented something that he hasn't stolen yet.
  • Speech Impediment: Parodied. All Igors have perfectly normal voices, but are taught how to speak with lisps in Igor school and made to use them when addressing their superiors such as the king or scientists.
  • Suicide as Comedy: Scamper.
  • Take That!: The filmmakers have admitted that the idea of a leader keeping his people in literal darkness as a means of controlling them, while not a direct accusation of George W. Bush's administration and their lack of transparency, was certainly a reflection on it.
  • Talk Show: "Cristall Clear, with Carl Cristall."
  • Tiny Guy, Huge Girl: Igor and Eva
  • Too Dumb to Live: Glickenstein. He's a case where being stupid does kill him.
  • Who Would Want to Watch Us?: At one point Scamper comments, "Can you imagine a face like that on a 40-foot screen?" Cut to Extreme Close Up of Eva.
  • Worth Living For: Previously-suicidal and immortal Scamper gets this. Right before he ends up on the Conveyor Belt of Doom. He is pretty concerned that the raging inferno they are headed towards might actually kill him.
  • You Are What You Hate: Jaclyn looks down on hunchbacks and can't stand the sight of them. Guess what she is without the transforming pills.