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:
- A Dog Named Dog/Meaningful Name: Brain is a Brain in a Jar...
- Ambition Is Evil:
Eva: So, I have to step on people to get ahead?
Igor: Uh, yeah.
- Animal Motifs: A number of characters have this: Jaclyn - snake, Dr. Glickenstein - crocodile, King Malbert - armadillo/cockroach
- Attack Reflector: Eva's indestructible skin does this.
- Bad Is Good and Good Is Bad
- Bastard Understudy: Igor is this for Dr. Glickenstein.
- Beleaguered Assistant: An Igor must serve their assigned Mad Scientist faithfully, even in the face of abuse, or if they are far smarter than them. Or else its the Igor recycling plant for them.
- Big Electric Switch: Every Mad Scientist in Malaria gets one, to activate their Eldritch Abomination. It's an Igor's primary duty to throw this switch on command.
- Blackmail: Malaria stays afloat by creating various evil inventions and then threatening the rest of the world to pay up, or those inventions will be unleashed.
- Bigger Bad: King Malbert. None of this would have happened if he hadn't caused the cloud cover and restructured Malaria's society.
- Black Comedy Rape: King Malbert grabs Igor on both legs.
- Blind Mistake: Used a couple of times with the blind orphans.
Scamper: No, no, no, it goes the other way! Are you bl... let me fix that.
- Bookcase Passage: Found using Shaggy Search Technique.
- Brain in a Jar
- 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 Gun: The "wish you weren't there" card.
- Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: The Igor Recycling Plant.
- Crapsack World
- Creator Cameo: Chris McKenna, the writer, plays a man in the crowd at the Killiseum, who says, "That's Dr. Schadenfreude's invention?"
- Cue the Sun
- Cute Monster Girl: Eva turns out to be fairly pretty despite being meant to look monsterous, even after having her evil bone activated.
- Dark Reprise: Eva sings the evil version of "Tomorrow" from Little Orphan Annie.
- Deadpan Snarker: Scamper. Also Jaclyn and Dr. Schadenfreude towards eachother.
- Death Seeker: Scamper again, but he can't die.
- The Ditz: Brain.
- Dragon Ascendant: Dr. Schadenfreude took King Malbert's throne, though it was very brief.
- Emperor Scientist: King Malbert
- Evil Versus Evil: Evil scientists compete at the science fair. Schadenfreude also wants to overthrow Malbert.
- Even Evil Has Standards
Igor: Oh, god! She's killing blind orphans! That's so...evil! I mean, which is great, but—blind orphans?
- Dr. Schadenfreude is just as surprised as everyone else when he learns of King Malbert's betrayal.
- Evil Tastes Good: Subverted. Dr. Glickenstein made an evil lasagna that tasted good, but it didn't kill anyone, thus making it not truly evil.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Dr. Schadenfreude wins the Evil Science Fair every year, but he does so by stealing an invention from another Mad Scientist.
- Fauxtivational Poster: "Who doesn't like tortured kittens?"
- Frankenstein's Monster: Eva.
- Fur and Loathing: Jaclyn's baby-seal boots.
- Gentle Giant: Eva.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "You must have seen a lot of brains... mine's bigger than average... right?"
- "If she's having a woman problem, it's all yours."
- While Igor is convincing Eva that she needs to smash monsters for her "role," there's a random diagram on the wall labeled "UST."
- Gladiator Games: The Evil Science Fair, where Mad Scientists' inventions duke it out to be the last one standing.
- Glass-Shattering Sound: Eva hitting a high note cracks Brain's jar.
Brain: (dazed) I think I wet myself.
- Good Thing You Can Heal: Scamper regenerates any damage, no matter how extreme. He takes advantage of this in the climax, chewing his legs off to escape from a trap and later shorting out the Weather Ray by biting into random wires to burn them out.
- Gory Discretion Shot: Averted. Scamper gets a cannonball shot through his head on screen. From a Mother's Day Card.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: King Malbert is crushed by a piece of his Weather Control Machine, while demanding proof of his treachery.
- Homage: The first appearance of Eva is from behind, like in the original Frankenstein movie.
- The blind orphans merge two characters that the monster met.
- The Brain Wash has a reference to the movie The Fly, with the manager (Buzz Offman) and attendant (Jeff).
- In the scene in the sauna, Schadenfreude's igor has a Hawaiian shirt and a mustache, which is the animator's nod to Magnum, P.I.
- Eva standing at the top of the stairs, all dressed up, evokes Sunset Boulevard, complete with "I'm ready for my cloesup."
- Going back to Frankenstein, Mary Shelley referred to the monster being named "Adam". This one is named Eva.
- Human Resources: When Igors outlive their usefulness, they're sent to the recycling plant.
- I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Malaria, Latin for "bad air". Also, you know, a horrible, horrible disease.
- Immortality: Scamper, a source of much frustration for him. Lies somewhere between Good Thing You Can Heal and From a Single Cell.
- Incredibly Lame Fun:
Brain: Our work here is done.
Scamper: Our work? You spent the entire time playing with a piece of ribbon.
Brain proceeds to play with the ribbon some more, laughing.
- I Would Say If I Could Say
- The Igor: A whole slew of them. And they are basically a slave race, forced to serve Mad Scientists.
- "I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: Igor gives this kind of speech to Eva after her evil bone is activated and she's Brainwashed and Crazy. He even reminds her of her earlier words "I'd rather be a good nobody than an evil somebody."
- I Shall Taunt You: Schadenfreude does this to Eva to activate her evil bone.
- Invisible Streaker: Carl Cristall, who refuses to wear pants, despite wearing other pieces of clothing.
"I'm coming to you live, invisible, and totally au naturale."
- Jekyll & Hyde: Jaclyn and Heidi
- Jerk Ass: Glickenstein, King Malbert, Malbert's royal guards, Schadenfreude & Jaclyn
- Lightning Can Do Anything
- Mad Scientist: The ruling class of people in Malaria.
- Mad Scientist Laboratory: Several are seen.
- Meaningful Name: Jaclyn and Heidi are the same person.
- Also, Dr. Schadenfreude, which is German for "Happiness at the misfortune of others."note
- Mister Big: King Malbert.
- Monster Mash
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: All the Mad Scientists.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: King Malbert, Dr. Schadenfreude.
- The Napoleon: King Malbert.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Igor modifies Eva's skin to be immune to harm. This lets her smash through walls easily and makes a shrink ray blast bounce off.
- Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant: Dr. Glickenstein & Jaclyn
- Non-Human Sidekick: Scamper and Brain
- Not What It Looks Like: Schadenfreude convinces Eva to come with him by showing her Igor and Heidi embracing. It turns out that while Heidi was trying to kiss Igor, he was pushing her away, about to tell her that he's in love with someone else.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Jaclyn as Heidi. Igors must not appear to be smarter than their Mad Scientist.
- Opening Monologue
- 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.
- Pygmalion Plot
- Ramp Jump: leading to a Slo-Mo Big Air.
- Refuge in Audacity: Scamper's mere existence is this.
- Shadow Discretion Shot: Schadenfreude pulling out the shrink ray, also Jaclyn shifting into her true form.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: Schadenfreude and Jaclyn.
- Sleazy Politician: King Malbert
- Slippery Skid
- She Cleans Up Nicely: After discovering Schadenfreude's true intentions, Igor rushes back home, intending to tell Eva the truth about the Evil Science Fair. Not seeing her when he comes in, he calls for her...and she appears at the top of the staircase, decked out in a fancy gown and practically sparkling. Igor is understandably floored.
- Shipper on Deck: Scamper (and eventually Brain) for Igor and Eva, going to far as to outright force him to address his feelings for the lady. On several occasions. Brain even remarks that "our work here is done" when they think they've succeeded.
- Shout-Out: to Young Frankenstein. Dr Schadenfreude plays a few bars of Putting on the Ritz in the piano medley in his opening scene.
- 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
- Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain
- The Vamp: Jaclyn.
- Villain Song: Eva in Brainwashed and Crazy mode.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Jaclyn, thanks to a set of pills.
- Weakened by the Light: While he's installing it, Igor mentions Eva's evil bone loses its power in the light. When the sun comes out at the end, its light negates the evil bone and reverts Eva to normal.
- Weather Control Machine
- 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.