Igor is a 2008 computer-animated horror comedy film directed by Tony Leondis from a screenplay by Chris McKenna. It was created in the 2000s, a decade where more affordable technology led to an increase of independent animated films. Igor, developed and produced by Max Howard with the California-based Exodus Film Group, was the first feature-length animated film to be financed with private equity. The animation was completed at France's Sparx Animation Studios and a facility in Vietnam. It was distributed in North America by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and internationally by The Weinstein Company. It is MGM's first fully computer-animated film as well as the studio's first animated film in twelve years following 1996's All Dogs Go to Heaven 2.
Igor stars an A-list-heavy cast of John Cusack, Steve Buscemi, Jay Leno, Eddie Izzard, Sean Hayes, Arsenio Hall, Jennifer Coolidge, John Cleese, Molly Shannon, and Christian Slater. Conceived by McKenna as a twisting of evil scientist film tropes, Igor features Cusack as the titular Igor, who lives in the kingdom of Malaria where others of his kind serve as assistants to evil scientists. In trying to achieve his dream to become an evil scientist, Igor accidentally creates a sweet female monster named Eva.
Igor's first teaser trailer premiered at the 2008 New York Comic-Con before being released online on May 7, 2008. Promoted with a video game, toys, books, comic books, and fast-food tie-ins, Igor premiered at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre on September 13, 2008, before starting its American nationwide theatrical run five days later. The film grossed $30.7 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who critcized the story, humor and the film's unclear age appeal; however, the voice cast and animation were praised. Igor garnered an Annie Award nomination for Valérie Hadida's character design.
|Genre:||Fantasyfilm, Monsterfilm, Kinderfilm|
|Herstellungsland:||Frankreich, Vereinigte Staaten|
|Drehbuch:||John Robert Hoffman|
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Best Character Design in an Animated Feature Production