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Variety Calls IGOR Mirthless

Review characterizes film as having belabored gags...

By Associate News Editor     September 17, 2008
Source: Variety


Still from IGOR (2008).
© MGM

Variety released an early review of the upcoming CGI animated film IGOR, which opens wide this Friday, and it's not so kind.

Reviewer Justin Chang describes the film has having "belabored gags, misfired pop-culture references and garish visuals" all "crammed together like so many disjointed body parts." 

Chang goes on to say IGOR is "deflated by hyperactive bits of business and strenuously unfunny banter -- the cumulative effect of which approximates that of a power drill to the noggin. Characters' obnoxious patter seems unlikely to engage viewers, young or old, at any meaningful level."

He felt "most of the performances fall in the same overbearing register" though "Steve Buscemi puts his cynical, shysterish tones to good use as a rabbit with a demented death wish" and "Jennifer Coolidge supplies welcome comic distraction with an unplaceable accent that should stir affectionate memories of A Mighty Wind" while Molly Shannon conveyed "flickers of feeling as the big, and big-hearted, Eva."

Overall, Chang felt IGOR looked "underimagined and over-stylized, with inconsistent character designs and an excess of glaring red in the pic's color palette" and inclosing he noted, "Igor has the ability to create life; too bad he can't reanimate his movie."

Here is a link to the official site.

So what do you Maniacs think? Will the film be a hit or a flop?

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StarlightGuard 9/17/2008 5:23:31 AM
BUWAHAHAHA!!! I SHALL RULE THE WORLD!!!<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Sorry, started channeling Dr. F. for a moment there.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />I've been meaning to mention this, seeing as how THEIR IGOR is coming out this week. Do I go see it in case I was ripped off? <BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />(My original movie script was in a New York literary agency at that time, and the agent did disappear under mysterious circumstances. I did finally get the script back...a year later.)<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Do I not go see it? (In case I'm accused of ripping THEM off?)<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />Dilemmas, dilemmas.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />It's been a week since my comic agent said she liked that draft of my Igor...she still has her decision to make. She may be waiting to see this movie to compare it to the draft on her desk for all I know.<BR itxtvisited="1" /><BR itxtvisited="1" />(Apology: For all those who are sick of hearing me go on about this, I'm sorry. Just ignore me. Others with stories to tell understand the problems of this business, I'm sure.) Besides, mine has Igor and Dr. Frankenstein singing the Kenny Rogers\Dolly Parton hit "Islands in the Stream" on a night of dumping toxic waste in Salt Lake City.
Wiseguy 9/17/2008 8:26:01 AM
I think this film will flop, not so much because of this review but because I don't recall seeing one commercial for it, and I watch SpongeBob every day. If they were really behind it where better to advertise it than on Nick. The one thying that may save it is that we haven't had any kid films in a while so parents may take advantage of this to take out the kids. StarlightGuard, I'd like to see yours on the big screen too. I've enjoyed some of your blogs from your Igor story.
StarlightGuard 9/17/2008 4:05:29 PM
Well, thanks wiseguy. I'd still like to see mine on the silver screen as well. The "Unskinny Bop" scene would play a lot better that way. I admit I'd prefer it'd be a movie (or maybe a mini-series or something) but with this Igor movie out, well, I don't know how likely my chances would be of getting it made. But I could. You never know. Hollywood agents are a strange bunch of soulless vampires and other assorted cold blooded reptiles.
StarlightGuard 9/18/2008 5:00:17 AM
You know, the more I see and read about this, I highly doubt they ever saw one of my earlier drafts of "Life and Times of Igor." I know it was at two different agents up in New York, but I seriously doubt any ideas got passed along. So that's good. Besides...well, mine is making fun of all the "typical" Hollywood monsters. Plus theirs is in, what, Malaria? (Rolls eyes.) Not too imaginative...but you could possibly argue the same for mine, taking place in Transylvania, Utah. Oh well. It's all good. I just hope my success (or lack of) isn't dependant on this movie.
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