Exodus Film Group announced today that Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi and John Cleese will lend their voices for Exodus’ CG-animated feature comedyIgor, an irreverent comedy which brings a new twist to the classic monster genre. Igor is the story of a mad scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a scientist in his own right and winning the coveted first place award at the annual Evil Science Fair.
“These are three fantastic actors,” said John D. Eraklis, Exodus’ president. “Their distinct voices and dynamic styles each lend themselves perfectly to the characters.”
Harvey Weinstein stated, “Christian, Steve and John all have such entertaining voices that will perfectly articulate each character and add to the incredible excitement already surrounding this film.”
Slater (Windtalkers, Untamed Heart) is lending his voice in the title role of Igor, Dr. Glickenstein’s hunchbacked lab assistant; Buscemi (Charlotte’s Web, Fargo) will voice Scamper, a super intelligent and ill-tempered lab rabbit; with Cleese (Shrek 2 & 3, A Fish Called Wanda) voicing the character of Dr. Glickenstein, Igor’s evil master.
With a hunch on his back and a Yes Masters degree in Servitude, Slater’s character, Igor, is the lab assistant to the cruel Dr. Glickenstein. But Igor isn’t like other Igors. He has big dreams. dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and of winning the Evil Science Fair.
Buscemi’s character, Scamper, is Dr. Glickenstein’s genetically altered lab rabbit who is surreptitiously brought back to life by Igor after an unfortunate run-in with a fast-moving carriage. While infinitely smarter than the others, Scamper wallows in a pessimistic gloom and remains self-conscious of the conspicuous tire tread left across his belly.
Cleese’s character, Dr. Glickenstein, is a cruel and malevolent mad scientist and Igor’s unforgiving master. A condescending egomaniac, he constantly torments Igor and ridicules his ideas. Dr. Glickenstein is quick to remind Igor that he’s not here to think, but to follow orders and serve his master.
Igor is produced by Eraklis and seasoned animation executive Max Howard, who has collaborated on numerous animated blockbusters such as Disney’s Lion King, and Aladdin, and Warner Bros.’ Space Jam and The Iron Giant. The screenplay was written by Chris McKenna, who is currently writing for his third season on the Fox animated TV show American Dad and is co-writing New Line’s heist comedy Black and White.