Sunday, April 20, 2008

Schadenfreude Watch: The Movies

The word "Schadenfreude" is gaining currency. A new CGI animated adventure made its debut yesterday at The New York Comic Con. Igor is about a mad scientist's assistant. In this film Igor is the main character.

But for our purposes much more interesting is the bad guy, the villainous Dr. Schadenfreude, played by British commedian Eddie Izzard. "Schadenfreude is described as being like a rock star in his world," according to the review at

Next time I'd like to see a movie with a corporate marketing exec named Mr. Schlimbesserung. (It translates as a so-called improvement that actually makes things worse.)