Igor (left, voiced by John Cusack) will make you sit up and take notice.
IGOR (Anthony Leondis). 85 minutes. Opens Friday (September 19). For venues and times, see Movies. Rating: NNN
The latest it's-for-kids-but-it's-really-for-their-parents-too animated fantasy flick is Igor, starring the voice of John Cusack in the title role.
Cusack plays one of many "Igors," the lisping hunchbacked henchmen who aid evil scientists in the land of Malaria. Our Igor is smarter than his boss, Dr. Glickenstein (John Cleese), longs to be as rich and famous as the villainous Dr. Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard) and creates his own Frankenstein monster, a giant woman named Eva (Molly Shannon).
From there you can pretty much tell what's going to happen for the rest of the film - deep and complex it ain't. But it's cute, filled with music by Louis Prima (always a good thing), and the supporting voice cast is excellent. Sean Hayes and Steve Buscemi play to their respective strengths - over-the-top excitement and deadpan dryness - as Igor's sidekicks, and the always awesome Jennifer Coolidge lends her pipes to several characters as Schadenfreude's support team.
While the animation not as impressive as what's coming out of Pixar these days, it looks like something from one of Tim Burton's less fevered dreams. Just like our hero, it's distinctive enough that people will sit up and take notice.