Late-night talk show host Jay Leno and popular comedic actor Jennifer Coolidge (For Your Consideration, Legally Blonde: Red, White and Blonde) have signed on to lend their voices to Exodus Film Group’s upcoming CG-animated family comedy Igor. Joining a cast that includes Jeremy Piven, Molly Shannon, Steve Buscemi, John Cleese and Christian Slater, Leno will voice the role of King Malbert, Malaria’s Machiavellian ruler, while Coolidge plays Sybil, the village vixen.
Directed by Tony Leondis (Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch) and written by Chris McKenna (American Dad!), Igor is described as a playfully irreverent comedy about a mad scientist’s hunchbacked lab assistant who has big dreams of becoming a scientist in his own right and winning the annual Evil Science Fair. Slater will voice the title role while Buscemi plays Scamper, a super-intelligent and ill-tempered lab rabbit, and Cleese voices the character of Dr. Glickenstein, Igor’s evil master. Piven joins the mix as Igor’s nemesis, Dr. Schadenfreude, and Shannon takes on the role of Eva, a giant, indestructible monster that Igor creates.
No stranger to animation, Leno has lent his distinctive voice to episodes of Nickelodeon’s Fairly Oddparents and a number of CG-animated features, including Disney/Pixar’s Cars and 20th Century Fox Animation’s Ice Age: The Meltdown and Robots. Coolidge, perhaps best known for playing Stifler’s Mom in American Pie, also worked on Robots, voicing the role of Aunt Fanny.
Exodus president John D. Eraklis is producing Igor along with seasoned animation executive Max Howard, who has collaborated on such animated blockbusters as Disney’s The Lion King and Aladdin, and Warner Bros.’ Space Jam and The Iron Giant. Eric Robinson is overseeing on behalf of The Weinstein Company, which will distribute the pic in North America and most international territories. Exodus is also developing an animated feature titled The Hero of Color City, which will be distributed by Magnolia Pictures.