9/22/08

Igor: The Cutest Little Bit of Evil Ever

I'm a bit embarrassed that I didn't see this one coming. It's got evil scientists and beautiful computer animation - of course it's a geek movie. And it's especially cool for the budding little kiddy geek.

Igor is part of a sub-class of people whose only lot in life is to assist evil geniuses. But from the time he was a child he had dreamed of being an evil genius himself. He's a genius. He invented an immortal bunny and a talking brain. His latest invention, a giant frankenstein-esque girl who dances and sings is a shoe-in for the science festival.

I'm continually amazed with the artistic work that goes into computer generated animated movies now-a-days and Igor is no exception. It's one thing to say that you made your movie on a computer - it's quite another to come up with these stylized renderings with beautiful artwork that must have taken years to complete. Igor is no exception to this.

And the story is quite good, too. It has a few twists and turns which, I will admit, are exposed in a quite on-the-nose fashion, but, again, it is a kids movie at its core. I'm sure they wouldn't so much appreciate any more subtle a reveal. The characters are lovable even when they're evil and it all comes to a close with a heartwarming end. Also the use of "Tomorrow, Tomorrow" from Annie is brilliantly used as the background to a psychotic rampage. In minor key, of course. Brilliant!