Inspector Gadget no doubt came about after the successes of other cartoon-into-live-action film adaptations that had come out in recent years such as The Flintstones (1994) and George of the Jungle (1997). The film does an appealing job of recreating the world of cartoon physics in live-action the title character running on spring legs, producing microscope lenses, helicopter blades and grappling hooks out of his hat, and screwdrivers, knives and cigarette lighters out of his fingertips. A number of critics trashed Inspector Gadget for its sheer silliness but seem to be largely ignoring the fact that this is exactly what the film sets out to do it certainly never promises to be anything more than that and delivers on said promise with an engaging degree of visual energy, even if it is not quite at the level of madcap energy that the tv show perpetually had.
All the cast give likeable performances and about the only wrong notes are 1970s Blaxploitation star Fred Williamsons irritating voicing of jive-talking Gadget-mobile and far too many intrusive commercial product placements. There is a highly amusing gag over the end credits with a Minions Support Group where Richard Kiel from the James Bond movies along with lookalikes of Herve Villechaize from Fantasy Island (1977-84) and Oddjob from Goldfinger (1964) participate in an AA-styled support group for henchmen.
The excruciating Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) was a video-released sequel where the title role was inherited by French Stewart. This was followed by a series of animated tv movies Inspector Gadgets Greatest Gadgets (1999), Inspector Gadgets Last Case: Claws Revenge (2002) and Inspector Gadgets Biggest Caper Ever (2005).
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