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Inspector Gadget

"So you see, Penny, just because the company that made this cartoon is called DIC, that doesn't mean I'm one too...aaahhhhwoommffhhh" Penny checks the script for blindingly obvious plot points to over-emphasise

EXECREABLE ECCENTRIC with show-off retractable limb assortment and punchable face teams up with MacBook-wielding niece Penny and comedy mutt Brains to thwart crime in badly-redubbed American English, blowing up moustachioed chief disguised as litter bin en route. “Wow, Uncle Gadget! You sure saved that electric power station!” “Yes, Penny. But power stations are very dangerous places…” Fuck off.



  1. Rob Williams

    July 26, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    Inspector Gadget… Good enough for Disney to make a movie about it with Matthew Broderick, didn’t he learn after WarGames not to make a duff movie to sully his reputation as the 13yr old computer hacker! For shame, young Matthew!

  2. Jakey Doodles

    July 28, 2009 at 12:23 pm

    I used to love Inspector Gadget as a kid. Watched it again a few weeks ago and thought it was a pile of shite. Jesus I wasted my childhood.

  3. FrankDrebin

    July 29, 2009 at 9:27 pm

    Having seen an episode recently, how this guy ‘Inspector Gadget’ ever managed to become an Inspector in the first place, and manged to keep his job depsite his complete bafoon antics and sheer stupidity is beyond me. The American Police department should be ashamed. I mean, his 10 year old niece was constantly bailing him out of trouble, and then he took all the glory at the end. The dog was more street wise than him. It beggars belief……..

  4. Cindylover1969

    January 17, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    It’s still a lot better than “Gadget Boy and Heather” and especially that fuck-awful “Gadget and the Gadgetinis” (which unlike “Gadget Boy etc” didn’t even have the voice of Don Adams, may he rest in peace). That bit where Gadget would run by the DIC logo at the end and dot the I is a bit creepy though.

    DIC stands for Diffusion Information Communication, although Dreadful Incompetent Cartooning would fit just as well considering most of their output (“Maxie’s World,” “Hammerman,” “Stargate Infinity,” “The Wacky World Of Tex Avery,” that New Kids On The Block thing and on and on and on…).

  5. Matty

    July 26, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    As a kid I actually used to get annoyed at Gadget’s mindboggling stupidity, especially his utter inability to identify MAD agents *even when they were in uniform* and the way that, week after week, he would mistake the comedy dog character for an agent of said evil organisation and chase him all over whatever the week’s locale was. I remember there was one episode where Gadget showed the vaguest competency and it was like a breath of fresh air.

  6. Mick B

    September 17, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    The programme’s not terrible as such but it is one where the idea and the toy were probably more engrossing than the stories. They were certainly enough to keep kids amused and kids love effects more than rich nuanced stories. Gadget and other fillers more than got me by.

  7. Richardpd

    March 2, 2024 at 5:32 pm

    While the title character was incompetent beyond belief it was always fun to watch, especially knowing what gadgets would be used along with Doctor Claw’s fiendish plan of the week would be.

    A young Cree Summer was originally the voice of Penny, but part was through the run the voice recording was moved to another city & most of the cast changed, though Dan Adams stayed on as Inspector Gadget.

    Doctor Claw’s face was never shown, unless you bought the action figure!

    The end titles were a little confusing with Chief Quimby appearing to growl “I’ll get you Gadget!” in Dr Claw’s voice!

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