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Animated fable about a cliché hunchbacked evil scientist's assistant who aspires to become a scientist himself, much to the displeasure of the rest of the evil science community.

Release Year: 2008

Rating: 6.0/10 (10,308 voted)

Critic's Score: 40/100

Anthony Leondis

Stars: John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi

In a world filled with Mad Scientists and Evil Inventions, one talented evil scientist's hunch-backed lab assistant has big dreams of becoming a Mad Scientist himself and winning the annual Evil Science Fair.

Writers: Chris McKenna, John Hoffman


John Cusack



Myleene Klass

Dr. Holzwurm


Robin Walsh

Dr. Holzwurm's Igor

(as Robin Howard)

Matt McKenna

Dr. Herzschlag


John Cleese

Dr. Glickenstein


Steve Buscemi



Sean Hayes



Jess Harnell

Royal Guard #2


Eddie Izzard

Dr. Schadenfreude


Jennifer Coolidge



Jay Leno

King Malbert


Molly Shannon



Zoë Bright

Blind Woman
Killiseum Fan #1


Sophia Eraklis

Blind Orphan #1


A. Cheron Hall

Blind Orphan #2
Blind Orphan #4


All men aren't created Evil.


Official Website:
Official site [France] |
Official site [United Kingdom] |

Release Date: 19 September 2008

Box Office Details

Budget: $25,000,000


Opening Weekend: $7,803,347
(21 September 2008)
(2339 Screens)

Gross: $30,747,504
(13 February 2011)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?


'Schadenfreude' is a German word meaning a feeling of pleasure caused by something bad happening to another person.


Audio/visual unsynchronized:
Much of the dialogue was added in immediately before release, and could not be synchronized with the animation.


[first lines]

[voice over]
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User Review

Well, I Liked It

Rating: 9/10

I don't know why this movie doesn't get more positive recognition; I
thought it was terrific, and I've seen most the feature-length animated
films of the past several years. This holds it own against most of

For an animated film, it has exactly what you want: fantastic colors
and colorful characters -most of them very funny and entertaining to
view and hear – and a good story with some interesting twists to it.
The artwork in this film is just amazing, especially on Blu-Ray. (I've
discovered that's how to watch these new animated movies – in high-def,
because most of them look awesome. This film certainly is no
exception.) There were many times I just wanted the freeze-frame the
picture and take in all the wild artwork. I might do that on a second

Also no surprise is Steve Buscemi, who always gets humorous roles in
these animated films and makes everyone laugh. He usually plays a rat,
too. I mentioned that to a friend and he said, "That's because he looks
like one in real life." I wouldn't go that far, but I understand where
he's coming from.

Actually, all the leading voices – Buscemi, John Cusack, Molly Shannon,
Sean Hayes, John Cleese, Jay Leno and more were all great. I'll give a
special nod to the voice that cracked me up more than all the others,
the one of "Hedi," done by Jennifer Coolidge. She was hilarious!

If you enjoy the famous Frankstein monster story, or wild characters in
a monster-lab-type setting, you should enjoy this parody. It's an
underrated film and looks super on DVD.