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By Alan Crowe (Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 07:35:49 AM EST) (all tags)
Went to the cinema yesterday to see Igor. It is a cartoon for young children, about evil mad-scientists in the Baron Frankenstein mode. As an evil mad-scientist myself the obvious way to cover my embarrassment at going to see a children's movie would be to make a child and take it. Unfortunately, since the Alder Hey scandal it has been hard to get the parts.


I loved the movie and enjoyed it immensely. You should take a Bayesian approach to the previous sentence and compute the probability that you would enjoy the movie, given that I enjoyed it. This may well come out lower than your prior probability of enjoying the movie, for my perspective is seldom mainstream.

Should you take your young children to the film? I was about to say that I no idea, but that's not quite right. Before going to see the movie I Googled for reviews. Parents had taken children to see the movie and posted, not about their own reactions, but about their child's reactions. I hadn't noticed this happening before. Now I do have an idea: google for other parents' accounts of taking children.

Treating it as "art", not "fairy tale", it is an extremely dark film, in which "goodness" is merely a manufacturing defect. Igor's awakening conscience is a burden to him. We expect it to be the trigger for his eventual redemption at the end of the movie, but we are disappointed. The triggers are his curiosity, suspicion and dumb luck.

Igor's two companions embark on a suicidal mission to rescue Igor from mortal peril. In the standard Hollywood movie the companions provide an example of heroism. In this movie their actions flow naturally from their previously established characters, one too stupid to appreciate the danger, the other with a history of suicide.

The jokes are funny and the plot twists and turns leaving the inevitable happy ending right until the end.

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This reminds me of how people who should be paying by Clipper Ship (2.00 / 0) #1 Sun Nov 02, 2008 at 10:18:09 AM EST
attention to serious things like to go on about comic books, 'graphic novels' (read: comic books) and cartoons as seriour art because they don't have to work as hard at it and they can justify liking it to other white people.

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