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Based on the popular French cartoon character of the same name, "Inspector Gadget" is a wild and quirky adventure comedy about a somewhat-naive security guard.
-Review by David Bruce
INSPECTOR GADGET
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Matthew Broderick as Inspector Gadget/RoboGadget/John Brown. Rupert Everett as Sanford Scolex/Claw.
Joely Fisher as Brenda/RoboBrenda.
Michelle Trachtenberg as Penny.
Andy Dick as Kramer.
Cheri Oteri as Mayor Wilson.
Michael G. Hagerty as Sikes.
Dabney Coleman as Chief Quimby.

Directed by David Kellogg. Screenplay by Kerry Ehrin and Zak Penn.
Story by Dana Olsen and Kerry Ehrin.
Based on characters created by Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopn and Bruno Bianchi.
Produced by Jordan Kerner, Roger Birnbaum and Andy Heyward.
Executive producers Jon Avnet, Barry Bernardi, Aaron Meyerson, Jonathan Glickman, Ralph Winter.
Cinematography by Adam Greenberg.
Production design by Michael White and Leslie Dilley.
Animatronic effects by Stan Winston.
Visual effects supervisor Richard Hoover.
Music by John Debney. Supervising art director Geoff Hubbard.
Running time: 1 hour, 18 minutes.
PG for wacky violence/action, language and innuendo, cartoonish violence, slight risque comments.

It's a comedy with a thousand moving parts! Wowser -- it's Walt Disney Pictures' live-action family comedy "Inspector Gadget." Based on the popular French cartoon character of the same name, "Inspector Gadget" is a wild and quirky adventure comedy about a somewhat-naive security guard (Matthew Broderick) who is literally blown to pieces by the nefarious Dr. Claw (Rupert Everett). A sexy scientist named Brenda Bradford (Joely Fisher) rebuilds him into a man of many talents and accessories. Using his vast array of grafted-on gizmos to bust bad guys, Gadget is out to fulfill his dream of becoming the world's top detective. As he penetrates Riverton City's darkest underworld, he unwittingly discovers that the man who blew him apart also happens to be the villain who murdered Brenda's father! The often-clueless Inspector Gadget must use all his common sense and robotic parts to crack the case -- and save not only his good name, but the world.

BULLETIN BOARD

LIKE THREE CARTOONS
Subject: This is a movie?
Date: Sun, 14 Nov 1999
From: Thomas

IG plays like 3 surgically attached cartoon episodes. We arrived slightly late and were surprised at how quickly this thing was over. Maybe if they had used the trailers for commercial breaks it would have had a more authentic TV feel.......
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LAURA REVIEWS INSPECTOR GADGET
July 25, 1999. I think the Inspector Gadget movie did the cartoon justice...plus more! It  was funny, heart-felt, fast paced, cohesive and witty! The chemistry between  the entire cast was perfect. I found myself chuckling through the entire movie b/c of all the little jokes and sarcastic comments that speckled the  script.
     Matthew Broderick was flawless! He really brought the bumbling, yet  loveable Inspector Gadget character back to life...and added his own unique   twist to the part. He added a more humanized and innocent aspect to the   mechanized Gadget, which was easy to relate to and care about. He truly was Gadget.
     Rupert Everet's evil and convincing "Claw" villain added a sarcastic and evil  wit to the movie, which helped keep the pace lively.
     The special effects and location choices in this film blew me away  entirely! They added a reality to this fantasy film, which I did not think   was attainable! The FX for the the helicopter/ falling scene were   exhilarating! "Robo-Gadgets" capped teeth were hilarious and reminded me so  much of what the "real" Inspector Gadget's cartoon teeth would look like in  Real Life! Also, Robo-Gadget's violent rampage through the city, via superb   FX, also struck me as hilarious. It was just so funny to see this loveable,   cartoon figure, that we all know as a bumbling, adorable fool, terrorizing   the city on giant telescopic legs, throwing flames and laughing menacingly at   his destruction like a bad King Kong movie! Mr. Broderick did a fantastic job   in creating the evil Robo-Gadget character. Those teeth, his whiny cartoon   voice (much like Don Adam's original Inspector Gadget character voice), and his evil bulging eyes created the perfect monster!
     The editing and post production work was smooth and clean, letting the movie  run its fast paced and heart-felt course.
PS:I am that glad Mr. Don Adams contributed to this picture with his short,  but amusing cameo. After all, he WAS the one that originally brought  Inspector Gadget to life!
-Laura

My response: I met Ralph Winter, the producer, last year at the City of Angeles Film Festival in Hollywood. He also did Mighty Joe Young. I have a lot of admiration for this man. I like his work. Besides all this, my kids really enjoyed Inspector Gadget.

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