Flashback Review: Inspector Gadget

Time for another “Flashback Review.” In the year 1983, an animated cartoon called “Inspector Gadget” aired during a period when 80’s animated shows becoming cult classics. Inspector Gadget was probably the first cyborg police officer before Robocop or Ghost In The Shell were created.

The premise of the show is about the incompetent crime fighting detective attempting to foil his arch enemy Dr. Claw, from succeeding his evil schemes with the help of  his car Gadgetmobile, his niece Penny, and his dog Brain.  The series went on to spawn a short lived spin-off called “Inspector Gadget’s Firld Trip,” a C.G.I. reboot of the original cartoon on Netflix.

In 1999, Disney released the live action film adaptation starring Matthew Broderick as Inspector Gadget. The film went on to become a moderate box office success, however several critics and fans of the cartoon disliked it.

If you’re reading this article, beware there will be SPOILERS, read at your own risk.

Positive: The Gadgetmobile (voiced by D.L. Hughley) was the only professional character in this film.

Don Adams, (the original voice of Inspector Gadget from the cartoon) has a voice over cameo.

Negative: To many extreme close-up shots.

Most of the gadgets are useless.

Unlike the cartoon, both Gadget &a Claw have true identities.

Incompetent henchmen.

Dr. Claw’s face is exposed. In the cartoon, his face is always offscreen. They’ve ruined his personality by making him way over the top.

Product Placement is exposed on the Gadgetmobile such as M&M’s, Skittles, Coca-Cola, Sprite, Surge, and I’m not making this up, McDonald’s.

How did Disney get away with the “obtaining the balls” scene?  I feel bad for the guy who got his “assets” squeezed. He was the only character I cared about besides The Gadgetmobile.

An evil duplicate of Gadget is way over the top and annoying than the actual Gadget. Makes you want to punch his Hollywood teeth or pearly whites.

Dr. Claw’s original motivation was to steal a microchip, so he can use it to create a duplicate of the love interest, but the duplicate turned to be obnoxious.

Poor fight sequence involving Gadget and his evil duplicate.

How did Gadget manage to reboot himself with out the microchip required to keep him alive? It’s like removing Darth Vader’s life support system!

If you’re an arachnophobe like me, there’s a tarantula in this film used as a weapon.

Endless post-credits scenes which have nothing to do with setting future installments. Marvel is more superior on planning post-credits scenes.

The Final Verdict: F as in FAKER!

This movie along with the 1998 version of Godzilla killed Matthew Broderick’s career. This picture doesn’t deserve to be made for fans of the cartoon. If you want a proper version of Inspector Gadget, try out the most recent one on Netflix.

P.S. Nostalgia Critic/Doug Walker if you’re reading this? You’re one of my inspirations of becoming a movie critic. I didn’t try to replicate your own words on this review you once did. I did the best I can not to imitate your work.  If it weren’t for you, I would’ve never put reviews on my website in the first place.

 

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