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Disappointing. Well assembled but superficial
on 10 April 2009
I got this movie partly because of the competitive price for a comparatively recent movie and got only what I'd paid for. I would say that despite not being for stop motion animation, the character design is heavily influenced by Nightmare before Christmas, and to a lesser extent Corpse Bride... fair enough, most work is influenced by its predecessors, and in that respect it has a good foundation. But the story and scripting is pretty shallow even for a kid's film. And this is a kid's film (not always true in animation... try Watership Down!). The monsters aren't that scary, IGOR himself isn't that ugly and is actually quite engaging. Eva is a pleasant creation even when on the "other side" and the only comedy comes from Scamper and Brian/Brain (don't ask). But what there is, is good. But I do expect a little more complexity in a film that is intended to work for the adults as well as kids in the audience; the patent lack of that here is what brands IGOR as a kiddiflick plain and simple. Not that there's anything wrong in being that. But Nightmare before Christmas is a hard act to follow, and sets the standard for working on several levels, IGOR, ultimately, is Nightmare Lite.