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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 (voiced by John Cusack), however, has plans to break free from his station and become a Mad Scientist himself, with the help of his friends Scamper (Steve Buscemi), a immortal and suicidal rabbit and Brain (Sean Hayes), a robot brain in a jar. Igor's attempt at creating an evil monster backfires, and he ends up creating an Ugly Cute Monster Girl named Eva (Molly Shannon) who isn't evil in the slightest and would rather be an actress.

Igor's quest for glory is hampered by Dr. Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard), 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 (Jay Leno), 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?"
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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: King Malbert's beacon on his castle is really a machine to manipulate storm clouds, which he used to block out Malaria's sun and kill all their crops, giving him an excuse to turn his kingdom into a land of evil.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Glickenstein gets himself offed fairly early in the movie.
  • 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.


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