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Igor (2008/MGM Blu-ray)


Picture: B     Sound: B     Extras: C     Feature: C



The computer animation feature film sweepstakes continues with MGM’s attempt at a hit with Tony Leondis’ Igor (2008) about a world with many Igors and in the best thing we can say about it outside of being a child-safe entertainment, we finally get a Horror comedy from someone other than (or with the involvement of) Tim Burton and that makes it worth a look just on that level, breaking a long dry spell of monotony very long overdue.


That does not make it as fun as The Groovie Goolies either, but this is a surprisingly ambitious effort that really wants to give its audience a good time instead of what we too often get versus the usual formula for supposedly diverse character personalities standing around making bad jokes before going on to a predictable and often boring adventure with subpar animation to boot.


This animation is a little soft, but uses color to its advantage and the story about an Evil Science Fair is an amusing idea.  John Cusack, Molly Shannon, John Cleese, Eddie Izzard, Christian Slater and even Jay Leon are among the voices used effectively enough and unlike most CG work that seems like a rush-job on the script and performance part, the people making this have some energy and seem to be having some fun.  That has been lost in this so-called digital revolution where only Pixar and DreamWorks seem to have that luxury based on their past successes.  At 86 minutes, it is just the right length and is worth a look for animation fans and children.


The 1080p 1.85 X 1 digital High Definition image is a little softer than I would have liked, but it is here on a 50GB Blu-ray and other aspects like color and consistency help make it easier to watch, while the DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 (MA) lossless mix has some interesting choices, but does not take advantage fully of all the audio possibilities.  The result is sonic limits it should not have and that is despite some good recording throughout.  Extras include an alternate opening scene, massive stills section and audio commentary by Leondis, Writer Chris McKenna and Producer Max Howard.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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