This hilarious animated twist on the classic monster movie is must-see family fun! Determined to prove he can create his own diabolical invention, a mad scientist's (John Cleese) nice-guy assistant Igor (John Cusack) creates a female Franken-monster. But his creation, Eva (Molly Shannon), is sweet and sings show tunes! That is, until she falls into the clutches of Dr. Schadenfreude (Eddie Izzard) and his shape-shifting girlfriend (Jennifer Coolidge). Now it's up to Igor and his sidekicks (Steve Buscemi and Sean Hayes) to save Eva - and their country - from real evildoers, including sneaky Prince Malpert (Jay Leno)!
In Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, the story revolves around the doctor who creates human life--not the hunchback assistant who helps him pull off the feat. In this computer-animated reinvention, John Cusack's Igor doesn't just take center stage; he stands in for an entire class of underappreciated workers. Igor knows more about science than Dr. Glickenstein (John Cleese), but in the gloomy town of Malaria, Igors simply follow orders. After reanimating grumpy roadkill bunny Scamper (Steve Buscemi), Igor decides he's ready for a bigger project. When his condescending master exits the picture, he seizes the opportunity and constructs a Bride of Frankenstein-type creature (voiced by Molly Shannon), a sweet-natured gal who looks like Picasso's version of Snow White writ large. When Igor commands her to be evil, she hears "Eva." The name sticks. Then when Igor, Scamper, and their not-so-bright buddy Brain (Sean Hayes) take her to the brainwashing clinic so they can enter her in the Evil Science Fair, Eva leaves thinking her mission is to act rather than to frighten children, so Igor convinces her the fair is a rehearsal for the musical Annie. By the conclusion of this inventive tale, creator and creature save Malaria from itself, freeing the Igors and Evas to enjoy the same rights as the scientists and the royals, like Jay Leno's King Malbert. As with Shrek and Monsters, Inc., Igor riffs on famous horror stories, while replacing scares with laughs, and the swing-era Louis Prima songs are an enjoyable touch. --Kathleen C. Fennessy