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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?

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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.
  • Crapsack World: Malaria was once a prosperous landscape until dark storm clouds came that turned into a wasteland where the only way to make a living is to create evil inventions and have the world pay a ransom to keep Malaria from unleashing them on the world. It's later revealed that King Malbert was the one responsible for the storm clouds.
  • 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: As Igor gets through to Eva about the choice to be good, the sun slowly comes out over the arena.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Eva turns out to be fairly pretty despite being meant to look monsterous, even after having her evil bone activated.
  • Cutting the Knot: Scamper and Brain are trying to disable the king's weather device, but it's taking too long. Brain makes a comment that they'd all die except for scamper. Giving Scamper the idea to just bite into the machine, since he can't die even while being massively electrocuted to disable it.
  • Dark Reprise: Eva sings the evil version of "Tomorrow" from Annie.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Scamper. Also Jaclyn and Dr. Schadenfreude towards eachother.
  • Death Seeker: Scamper again, but he can't die. He eventually comes to believe that living really isn't so bad.
  • The Ditz: Brain.
  • A Dog Named "Dog": Brain is a Brain in a Jar...
  • Dragon Ascendant: Dr. Schadenfreude took King Malbert's throne, though it was very brief.
  • Emperor Scientist: King Malbert
  • Evil vs. Evil: Evil scientists compete at the science fair. Schadenfreude also wants to overthrow Malbert.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • While Igor certainly intended his creation to be evil, he was horrified when he thought his creation was killing the blind orphans at the local home for blind orphans.
    Igor: That's so...evil! I mean, which is great, but—blind orphans?!
    • Dr. Schadenfreude is just as shocked as everyone else when he learns of King Malbert being responsible for Malaria being such a Crapsack World.
  • Evil Pays Better: Turns out Malbert turned Malaria into a land of evil scientists so he could reap the profits.
  • 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?"
  • Four-Temperament Ensemble: Igor (Choleric), Eva (Plhegmatic), Scamper (Melancholic) and Brain (Sanguine).
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Eva.
  • Freudian Excuse: Dr. Glickenstein seems to suffer through mother issues.
  • Fur and Loathing: Jaclyn's baby-seal boots.
  • Gentle Giant: Eva.
  • Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: When Igor is going through a Heroic BSoD in the recycling plant, Brain snaps him out of it, saying he's the only one who can save Eva from Schadenfreude.
  • 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.
  • Gratuitous Laboratory Flasks: It shows chemistry glassware in Dr. Glickenstein's castle, though this Mad Scientist tends to use motors, metallurgy and electricity for creating monsters. Given that the nation of Malaria runs on a Mad Scientist-based economy, the chemistry setup is likely a standard-issue feature of their castles, along with a Torture Cellar and Shark Pool. One early unused poster for the movie even had the letters of the title formed out of spiraling chemical glassware.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: King Malbert. None of this would have happened if he hadn't caused the cloud cover and restructured Malaria's society.
  • Hate Sink: King Malbert destroyed all the crops in Malaria and created a system where those born with hunchbacks would become a Slave Race and the people of Malaria would create doomsday devices to blackmail the world for money. His actions lead to suffering for everyone in Malaria, and he did this all so he could boost his public image. Once everyone finds this out, he quickly becomes the most hated person in Malaria. Likewise, he serves as the person the audience can hate since he is responsible for all the evil in Malaria.
  • 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 (1986), 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.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: Igor to Glickenstein. Too bad he doesn't listen to him.
  • 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.
  • Incredible Shrinking Man: Schadenfreude tries to use a shrink ray on Igor, but winds up shrinking himself and Jaclyn.
  • 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, and all of her other personalities she uses.
  • Jerkass: Glickenstein, King Malbert, Malbert's royal guards, Schadenfreude & Jaclyn. There's a lot of jerks.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: All the Mad Scientists.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: King Malbert, Dr. Schadenfreude.
  • The Napoleon: King Malbert.
  • Near-Death Experience: Igor, Scamper, and Brain receive one near the climax of the film in the Igor recycling chamber. The former one being the initial victim of the recycle and the lattermost being his attempting saviours (Brain reconciles Igor when Igor begins to deprecate himself, then attempts to extend his arm enough to reach the switch to disable the conveyor; Scamper then immediately does exactly what Brain wanted to do by releasing himself from the conveyor by gnawing his own feet off while Brain convinces Igor to gain the confidence to save Eva from potentially wide danger).
  • Nice Girl: Played Straight with Eva. Even before she was brainwashed into pursuing acting, she was a Gentle Giant who had no desire to hurt anyone. And, after learning that the only way to make it big in Malaria was to be evil, she stated that she'd rather be a good nobody, than a bad somebody.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ugly Hero, Good-Looking Villain: While Igor is actually one of the more good-looking hunchbacks, Schadenfreude is more conventionally handsome. Especially when compared to the other MadScientists
  • 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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