Adam Markovitz
September 19, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Igor

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
87 minutes
Wide Release Date
09/19/08
performer
Steve Buscemi, John Cusack, John Cleese, Molly Shannon
director
Anthony Leondis
distributor
MGM
author
Chris McKenna
genre
Kids and Family, Comedy, Animation

We gave it a C

Set in a steampunk fantasy world that owes as much to Tim Burton and the Quay Brothers as to James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), this cheeky CG fable tells the story of a hunchbacked lab assistant (voiced by Cusack) whose dream of mad-scientist stardom hits a snag when his monstrous creation (Shannon) turns out to be a big softie who prefers show tunes to screams of terror. The visuals are a kick; the groan-inducing dialogue isn’t. Igor tries to spoof Mary Shelley just as Shrek did the Brothers Grimm, but something tells us this movie’s charmless hero won’t make an ogre-size impression on kid audiences. Call it a hunch. C

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