Release Date: September 19, 2008

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After a brief bit of madness when just about any computer animated film could hit regardless of quality, we're back down to Pixar, and everyone else for the ability to produce consistent hits. DreamWorks has been a strong second, but has as many misses as hits. Pixar's trick has been – find a story and character worth telling, and people will show up. The Weinstein Company's Igor may be on that right track, with a novel take on a classic cinematic trope: the horror film sidekick.

Every mad scientist needs an Igor, you see, a gofer, a minion to abuse. But sometimes those minions can have ideas of their own – insane, crazy ideas, that could spell doom for us all, but that's beside the point. It's all about expressing yourself. One such Igor is… Igor, voiced by John Cusack, as a hunchback who has been relegated to the assistant role for too long, he feels, and wants to branch out into his own crazy experiments.

That September release date doesn't bode well for it breaking out of the middling performance that marks most recent animation, but with a clever premise that could bring in some older audiences, it's at least got a fighting chance. (Reagen Sulewski/BOP)

Vital statistics for Igor
Main Cast John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Eddie Izzard
Supporting Cast Sean Hayes, John Cleese, Molly Shannon, Jay Leno, Jennifer Coolidge, Arsenio Hall
Director Tony Leondis
Screenwriter Chris McKenna
Distributor The Weinstein Co.
Official Site http://www.igor-movie.com/
Screen Count 2,339
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