Animated movies are a lot of fun, for countless reasons. One is they usually are packed with funny, loveable (or hateable, depending on their roll in the film) characters. Another is that they usually are made for everyone, for all ages.  They are usually made skillfully etc. The thing that I tend to like most in animated films are the subtle and unsubtle messages they deliver, consciously or not.  This article will be about an unsubtle (probably even unaware) commentary an animated movie does about the right to one’s own death.                                                                                                                         ”Igor” is an animated film from 2008, directed by Anthony Leondis. The plot circles around a man named Igor who lives in the forever bad-weathered fictional country Malaria. Since it is impossible to crop any food, the country has decided to invest in evil inventions that they can use to threaten other countries for money. Malaria has of course a bunch of Evil Scientist to create these evil inventions – and they in their turn have assistants called “Igors”. The hero of this movie is an Igor that wants to be an Evil Scientist, and how he tries to accomplish this dream.  I found this movie to be quiet good; the story was very gothic , edgy and in the end very touching.  There are some interesting subjects that this movie takes up – either on purpose or by accident, I’m not sure which. But one interesting theme this movie picks up on is euthanasia. Or rather, it awakes the question whether it is right to force someone to live when they want to die.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Scamper, one of Igor’s inventions, is a talking rabbit that is immortal. He cannot die, even if he desperately wants to, attempting suicide over and over again, constantly failing. Igor introduces Scamper by explaining that he is an evil invention in two ways: “I made him invincible, which makes it so he can’t kill himself, which is evil to him because he wants to die”. Scampers suicide attempts vary from simple to extreme, yet he always recovers from his injuries after a few seconds. Through Scamper the creatures of this film hint that it is actually “evil” to force someone to live when they do not wish to do so. It seems to me that they imply that Igor should have been noble and tried to fix Scamper back to mortal – so he can finish the task he so barely wants to finish.  Scamper feels like his existence is annoying and bitter. He doesn’t want it anymore. But his right over his own body and life is has been token away from him. This to me is a pro-euthanasia message; if a person wants to die, they should have the right to do so.  Another thing that is interesting to point out is that while Scamper is trying to end his life, and grows frustrated by not being able to do so, no one takes the time to talk to Scamper and try to convince him there is a point to life. Or that no one tells him they are willing to listen to his problems once in a while to make him feel better. Scamper is after all immortal, no reason to try and make him value his life. He can’t get rid of it anyway, why waste time consulting him in his problems. This is an interesting critic of the attitude towards people that want to die. To movie implies that if you don’t want people to kill themselves you should try make it so that people with serious pains or depressions can talk to someone to make them see things differently. Not by preventing them physically from doing it and just leaving them to be. It is shown later in the movie, for example, that after realizing he is truly friends with Igor and Igor’s other “evil inventions”, Scamper changes his mind and wants to live. Here comes yet another interesting point of view this movies has on suicide – if people feel like there is something actually good in their lives, they soon decide that life is worth living. It also implies that most suicidal people go through faze, and with the right kind of “help” will change their minds and want to live. So is it really so that keeping Scamper alive was “evil” or was it maybe for the best in the long run? The film seems to argue for bought statements.

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