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Inspector Gadget’s Field Trip
A spin-off incarnation of Inspector Gadget, produced by DiC Entertainment, and aired from 1996 to 1998, with over 26 episodes with live-action sequences produced. Don Adams returns as the voice of Inspector Gadget. It currently airs in reruns on syndicate. The series was an educational travelogue program for children, in which the animated Gadget would show viewers the many different sites in famous cities around the world via live-action-clips. It should be noted that during the opening sequence, an image of the Temple of Saturn in the ancient forum in Rome is presented with the label of “Greece.” The main title song was written and performed by Mike Piccirillo. The musical underscore composer was Mike Piccirillo. Screenshots | Video of the opening theme.
Inspector Gadget: Gadget’s Greatest Gadgets
Released in 1999 to coincide with the feature film, it is a direct-to-video story in which Gadget has a flashback to his past adventures in the original TV series, using footage from episodes ‘The Capeman Cometh’, ‘Prince of the Gypsies’, and ‘Gadget’s Gadgets’. Maurice LaMarche did Inspector Gadget’s voice in the modern segment, marking his first cartoon voice appearance as Gadget, who had previously been voiced by Don Adams. Cree Summer voiced Penny in the modern segment, just as she did in the first season of the original series.
Inspector Gadget’s Last Case
In 2002, DiC released an animated direct-to-video feature film called Inspector Gadget’s Last Case, directed by Michael Maliani.
When Inspector Gadget gives up his beloved but aging Gadgetmobile, his archenemy Dr. Claw uses a competing crime fighter to discredit Gadget and cost him his badge.
It should be noted that in this film, Gadget is less bumbling and clueless than his 1983 series counterpart, whereas Penny and Brain get far less screen time. In this movie, Dr. Claw’s face is also finally visible to the audience…sort of.
This film has the same animation style as the Gadgetinis series, paving the way for the concepts to follow in Gadget and the Gadgetinis.
Gadget’s voice was provided by Maurice LaMarche rather than Don Adams. LaMarche is most well-known for voicing Egon Spengler in The Real Ghostbusters and Extreme Ghostbusters as well as the Brain, the large-headed megalomaniacal lab mouse on Animaniacs and its two spinoffs, Pinky and the Brain and Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain (not related to the dog Brain from Inspector Gadget).
Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever: The Case Of The Giant Flying Lizard
This film had the same theme music as Inspector Gadget’s Last Case, but used 3D computer animation, and returned Gadget to his position as a police inspector in Metro City. Brain and Chief Quimby also return, although Penny is 16 years old rather than 10-11 as in the original series, or 14 as in “Inspector Gadget’s Last Case” and the following series Gadget and the Gadgetinis. Penny’s age creates a confusion in the continuity made between the “Last Case” movie and the “Gadgetinis” series: “Gadget and the Gadgetinis”, using the same animation designs for the characters, utilized Gadget’s new position as a WOMP Lieutnant after having had his last case as an Inspector. Thus, it would have been more logical to let “Inspector Gadget’s Biggest Caper Ever” take place a few years before instead of afterwards, as Penny’s age signalizes.
Dr. Claw, after finally being captured by Gadget - presumably in the previous animated movie Inspector Gadget’s Last Case - breaks out of jail. He employs an Scottish agent named Bombaboy and a giant flying lizard to seek revenge on his captors and launch yet another scheme to conquer the world. Dr. Claw’s face is never seen in this film, but Inspector Gadget is briefly shown for the first time without his hat. Also, his body and head can survive without being attached to each other, making him more robot-like than the original version of the character. The main title song was written and performed by Stephen Marston. Inspector Gadget is voiced by Maurice LaMarche, who’d voiced Chief Quimby in the original television series. The musical underscore composers were Mike Piccirillo, Jean-Michel Guirao, and Stephen Marston.
The working title for this movie was “Inspector Gadget Saves The Day… Maybe”. It was originally intended to be the first in a series of several CGI animated “Inspector Gadget” movies, though no other films have been announced so far.
Inspector Gadget and the Circus of Fear
This game was written by Beam Software and was to have been released by Melbourne House in the UK in 1987. It resembled the arcade title Metrocross and was a left-to-right scrolling racing/jumping game with a quasi-isometric forced 3d perspective. Although the game was completed, and preview copies were reviewed (unfavourably) in the computing press, it was scrapped on the verge of release. See also Horace series.
Inspector Gadget: Gadget’s Crazy Maze
Released on the PlayStation Published by Ubi Soft Entertainment Software. Developed by Light & Shadow Productions & Vision Media Engineering. According to the story of Gadget’s Crazy Maze, Inspector Gadget’s mysterious arch-nemesis is up to no good once again. This time, the MAD ringleader Dr. Claw has been creating mind-control crystals on his secret moon base, then tossing them down to Earth. If the crystals lay dormant for a short amount of time, they will activate, taking control of the consciousness of the whole world. To make sure no one disturbs them, Dr. Claw has spread them all around four different areas and inserted his vile henchmen to protect them.
Inspector Gadget (SNES)
Released for the SNES in 1993 by Hudson Soft USA, Inc. Inspector Gadget is on yet another mission against the evil Doctor Claw and his army of M.A.D. (Mean And Dirty) agents. This time it’s personal because Doctor Claw has captured Gadget’s niece, Penny. With the help of his trusty dog, Brain, and his suit full of special gadgets, Inspector Gadget must save Penny and defeat Doctor Claw and his minions! Notable due to the fact that Dr. Claw’s face could be seen. However, it is also not considered canon. A NES game was also planned for release by Hudson Soft, but was soon cancelled.
Inspector Gadget: Mad Robots Invasion
Released on the PlayStation 2 by Light and Shadow Productions exclusively in Europe . Dr. Claw is at it again? Now he dreams of a world completely ruled by robots. For years, he has been working with his entire team of technicians to program super powerful, invincible robots with highly developed artificial intelligence.
Inspector Gadget Racing
A racing game featuring the Inspector Gadget characters. You can race with Penny’s jeep, Gadget’s van and even Dr. Claw’s car. Released in 2003 on the Game Boy Advance platform exclusively in Europe. Released by Kemco
The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
A live action short titled “Defective Gadgetry” had a guest appearance by Inspector Gadget, in which he came to the Mario Bros. for help in repairing him. Maurice LaMarche plays Gadget in this short. Video
The episode “Adoption’s an Option” featured a sketch featuring the Inspector Gadget characters in a parody of The Terminator. In this sketch, Gadget replaces a faulty part with a Cyberdyne part, only to be turned into an unstoppable killing machine when Skynet goes online. The sketch goes on to revolve around Penny and Brain trying to avoid being killed by the now-evil Gadget, eventually killing him in a factory. Meanwhile, Mad Cat dies of leukemia; at the end of the show, Dr. Claw blames Gadget for Mad Cat’s death. Ironically, Dr. Claw claims that he somehow found out it was Penny and Brain who were behind all of Gadget’s successful missions, and planned to gain control of Inspector Gadget via Skynet, and use him to kill them using the Cyberdyne technology that gained control of him. However, in a previous episode, “Easter Basket”, Gadget is seen in bed with a (deceased) hooker. Gadget says “Go Go Gadget Hooker Clean”, but then notices nothing happening. He then goes “Wowsers”, as if realizing something.
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