SOURCE: Exodus Film Group

July 19, 2005 15:15 ET

Buscemi and Cleese Join Monstrous Cast for Exodus' CG-Animated Film "Igor"

VENICE, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 19, 2005 -- Steve Buscemi and John Cleese have joined the cast of Exodus Film Group's CG-animated short film "Igor: Unholy Frijoles," announced Exodus' president, John D. Eraklis. Buscemi will voice the part of "Scamper," a super intelligent, yet sarcastic lab rabbit, while Cleese will lend his voice to the character of "Dr. Glickenstein," Igor's evil master. Buscemi and Cleese join Christian Slater, who stars in the title role of "Igor." The highly anticipated film, which is currently in production, precedes the feature-length theatrical version "Igor," due out in 2007. An irreverent animated comedy with a new twist on the classic mad scientist/monster genre, "Igor" is the story of a mad scientist's hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of winning the coveted first place award at the annual Evil Science Fair and becoming a mad scientist in his own right.

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 more intelligent than the others, Scamper wallows in a sarcastic and 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 being executive produced by seasoned animation executive Max Howard, who has collaborated on such animated blockbusters as Disney's "Lion King," and "Aladdin," and Warner Bros.' "Space Jam" and "The Iron Giant."

"We're excited to have these two excellent actors join the cast," said Howard. "Their distinct voices and dynamic styles each lend themselves perfectly to these characters."

"Igor," along with "The Hero Of Color City" and "Amarillo Armadillo," comprise the slate of Exodus' $50 million film fund, one of the first private equity animation film funds in the entertainment industry. The cutting edge CG-animation for "Igor" is being created by Exodus' award-winning animation partner ElectroAge. Both the "Igor" short and feature were written by Chris McKenna. Emmy winner Fil Barlow is directing the short. Slater and Exodus are represented by ICM, Buscemi by WMA, and Cleese by CAA.

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