Igor takes place in a valley called Malaria, like the mosquito bite disease. Great name for a valley, especially one that always rains with a 100% chance of horror. You see, this place has neverending storm clouds and a man named Malbert who declared himself king of the land said that now that crops are way down the way we can survive is to be evil. How do we do that? By allowing evil scientists to invent killing machines which the citizens pay to prevent them from being unleashed. And once a year, there's an Evil Science Fair, or Evil Science Colosseum, because that's where all the scientists use their machines to battle it out for the winning title. The thing is, the winner has been for the last 13 years, Dr. Schauenfroid, but even he has an Igor. They are hunchbacks about the height of a couch, and all they have to do; all they can do because they are Igors by their anatomy not by their intelligence, is pull the switches. One of those Igors (not Schauenfroid's) wants to be an evil inventor himself, and then, as the Evil Science Fair draws close, with the help of inventions of his own, he gets a chance and takes it to make an invention of his own.
Is Igor a musical? Well, except for one, no character sings. The music is all in the background. But there's such a fun collection of jukebox numbers that it might be safe to think of it as one. Not one musical number I didn't enjoy. If you think there's no way you can sing a song that's all cheery and innocent like "Tomorrow" or maybe "Let It Go", Molly Shannon will prove you wrong the second she begins. But Igor has a lot more to make it, like its main character, an independent never-before-seen little gemstone.
The characters and voice actors playing them are all perfect for the roles and each have an unforgettability. John Cusack (Dimitri from Anastasia) is just right as Igor, playing like Dimitri someone who is likeable but is on the wrong end of the good-and-evil prize. Steve Buscemi and Sean Hayes respectively play Scamper (a robot rabbit who's immortal yet longs for death) and Brain (a hilarious always likeable clown the inverse of his name meaning) and they feel no more than side characters than they do as people with feelings and disgust. Eddie Izzard and Jennifer Coolidge are great as the zany funny villains, not afraid to yell or show they think they're better than everyone else. And each of these characters have a special shape of their own like a ton of action figures melted in the sun and then moulded together with children's beach toys.
Igor is an irresistible film, having fun in a world of death and decay and by doing so offering an edgy adventure for children and offering parents something in their comfort level at the same time. If The Emoji Movie ends up being a flop, I hope people look at this one first when they think of Leondis.