The mad scientist genre gets an interesting twist with Igor, a CG feature in the works at Exodus Film Group. Former Disney and Warner Bros. Feature Animation exec Max Howard has been tapped to exec produce this irreverent comedy about a mad scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a mad scientist in his own right and winning the coveted first place award at the annual Evil Science Fair.
Igor, written by Chris McKenna, is independently financed and produced by Exodus. The companys in-house toon studio, ElectroAge, is handling all the 3D animation.
During his twelve year tenure as senior VP of Disney Feature Animation, Howard was one of the senior architects of the studio’s animation renaissance, having collaborated on such hits as Who Framed Roger Rabbit, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Pocahontas and The Lion King. As president of Warner Bros. Feature Animation, Howard oversaw the award-winning animated feature The Iron Giant and the box office hit Space Jam. Most recently, he served as an exec producer on Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron for DreamWorks and is now producing the animated film, The Spirit Bear, about Canada’s near-extinct white kermode bear.
Founded in 2001, Exodus Film Group Inc. acquires and develops intellectual properties. Its ElectroAge has worked on Hanna-Barberas The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, Sony Televisions Roughnecks Starship Troopers Chronicles, Paramounts Star Trek Voyager, Sabans Mystic Knights, 20th Century Fox/Centropolis Televisions The Visitor and Hollywood Pictures Deep Rising.
In addition to “Igor,” Exodus’ current slate of films includes Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, a live-action modern update on the classic tall tale featuring a computer-animated Babe voiced by Eddie Griffin (Undercover Brother).