History Film / InspectorGadget

30th Nov '16 12:28:02 PM ngh93
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The movie opens with an origin story for the titular hero (Broderick). Originally a human security guard named John Brown, he dreams of one day being a respected police officer, though he is continually rejected due to his lack of experience. He also has designs on Brenda Bradford (Fisher), a scientist that works at the cybernetics lab he's employed for. After the lab creates a prototype for a computer chip that can control lifelike robotic limbs, Brown's life changes as CorruptCorporateExecutive Sanford Scolex (Everett) breaks into the lab, kills Brenda's father, and makes off with the prototype foot. When Brown pursues him, the resulting car chase ends with Scolex blowing up his car and leaving him with extensive tissue damage. In the aftermath, Scolex's right hand is crushed, leading to him getting a selection of cybernetic replacements. His favourite replacement [[RuleOfCool (because it looks cool)]] is a metallic crab-claw. He dubs himself "Claw." As for Brown, Brenda decides to make him the prototype for the "Gadget Program" and repairs his damaged body by converting him into a cyborg with numerous odd and zany functions. Now dubbed "Inspector Gadget," he realizes his dream of joining the police force - though his generally goofy and awkward nature and lack of control over his new hardware makes him something of a walking disaster area. Meanwhile, Scolex still has designs on the technology that created him, as he plans to use it to build an unstoppable robot army to take over the world...

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The movie opens with an origin story for the titular hero (Broderick). Originally a human security guard named John Brown, he dreams of one day being a respected police officer, though he is continually rejected due to his lack of experience. He also has designs on Brenda Bradford (Fisher), a scientist that works at the cybernetics lab he's employed for. After the lab creates a prototype for a computer chip that can control lifelike robotic limbs, Brown's life changes as CorruptCorporateExecutive Sanford Scolex (Everett) breaks into the lab, kills Brenda's father, and makes off with the prototype foot. When Brown pursues him, the resulting car chase ends with Scolex blowing up his car and leaving him with extensive tissue damage. In the aftermath, Scolex's right left hand is crushed, leading to him getting a selection of cybernetic replacements. His favourite replacement [[RuleOfCool (because it looks cool)]] is a metallic crab-claw. He dubs himself "Claw." As for Brown, Brenda decides to make him the prototype for the "Gadget Program" and repairs his damaged body by converting him into a cyborg with numerous odd and zany functions. Now dubbed "Inspector Gadget," he realizes his dream of joining the police force - though his generally goofy and awkward nature and lack of control over his new hardware makes him something of a walking disaster area. Meanwhile, Scolex still has designs on the technology that created him, as he plans to use it to build an unstoppable robot army to take over the world...
21st Nov '16 7:48:53 AM PrimeEvil
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* ChekhovsSkill: Gadget puts the training he received from the guru to good use in the film's climax.

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* ChekhovsSkill: Gadget puts the training he received from the guru to good use in the film's climax. His skill with a pen-gun ''would'' have counted as this in an earlier draft (at least if the novelization is anything to go by), but the relevant scene was either cut or not filmed at all.
12th Nov '16 10:49:30 AM gjjones
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* AlliterativeName: Sanford Scolex.

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* AlliterativeName: Sanford Scolex.'''S'''anford '''S'''colex.



* DestroyTheProductPlacement: An early scene has Sanford Scolex crash his car into a Yahoo! billboard. A "Yahoo!" jingle even plays during the scene.

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* DestroyTheProductPlacement: An early scene has Sanford Scolex Sykes crash his Scolex's car into a Yahoo! billboard. A "Yahoo!" jingle even plays during the scene.



* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Artemus Bradford.]]

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* KilledOffForReal: [[spoiler:Artemus Bradford.]]Bradford, courtesy of Scolex]].
20th Oct '16 8:13:12 PM clarknomahfalls
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* TurnInYourBadge: In the sequel, after Gadget causes a scene at the science convention. Of course, it wasn't his fault, seeing that Claw's minions, disguised as nerds, stuck a tiny device to him so Claw could use his remote control on him to wreak havoc at the convention. Gadget shows the evidence to Quimby as a last resort, but does Quimby give a shit? No, no he does not.

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* TurnInYourBadge: In the sequel, after Gadget causes a scene at the science convention. Of course, it wasn't his fault, seeing that Claw's minions, disguised as nerds, stuck a tiny device to him so Claw could use his remote control on him to wreak havoc at the convention. Gadget shows the evidence to Quimby as a last resort, but does all that Quimby give gives a shit? No, no he does not.shit about is the damage that Gadget has unintentionally caused.
6th Sep '16 3:27:19 PM themisterfree
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It was successful enough for Disney to produce a direct-to-video sequel, ''Inspector Gadget 2'' (2003), though none of the original cast returned (Except for D.L Hughley who reprised his role as the Gadgetmobile).

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It was successful enough for Disney to produce a direct-to-video sequel, ''Inspector Gadget 2'' (2003), though none of the original cast returned (Except (except for D.L Hughley who reprised his role as the Gadgetmobile).



* AdaptationOriginConnection: Granted, the original cartoon never really gave origin stories for Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw to begin with, but this film chose to make John Brown's conversion into a cyborg have a connection with Sandford Scolex's hand getting crushed and having it replaced with a robotic claw. John Brown is injured in an accident caused by Scolex, who ends up getting his hand crushed because he opens the roof to his car while a bowling ball from Brown's car flies towards him. Yet another thing to note is that Brown was rebuilt as a cyborg as part of the Gadget Project and Scolex's interest in using the technology for his own ends was what caused Brown's accident in the first place.
* AdaptedOut: Dr. Claw was the leader of an international crime syndicate known as M.A.D. in the cartoon, but his evil organization is nowhere to be seen in either movie. Instead, he is aided by a thug named Sykes and a MadScientist named Kramer in the first film and in the second film is aided by two goons named Brick and [=McKibble=] and later hires the assistance of Squint, Jungle Bob, and the Ninja.

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* AdaptationOriginConnection: Granted, the original cartoon never really gave origin stories for Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw to begin with, but this film chose to make John Brown's conversion into a cyborg have a connection with Sandford Sanford Scolex's hand getting crushed and having it replaced with a robotic claw. John Brown is injured in an accident caused by Scolex, who ends up getting his hand crushed because he opens the roof to his car while a bowling ball from Brown's car flies towards him. Yet another thing to note is that Brown was rebuilt as a cyborg as part of the Gadget Project and Scolex's interest in using the technology for his own ends was what caused Brown's accident in the first place.
* AdaptedOut: Dr. Claw was the leader of an international crime syndicate known as M.A.D. in the cartoon, but his evil organization is nowhere to be seen in either movie. Instead, he is aided by a thug named Sykes and a MadScientist named Kramer in the first film film, and in the second film is aided by two goons named Brick and [=McKibble=] and later hires the assistance of Squint, Jungle Bob, and the Ninja.



* AlternateContinuity: It is clearly not canon to the original cartoon because of the huge amount of differences from the source material.

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* AlternateContinuity: It is clearly not canon to the original cartoon because of the huge amount of differences from the source material. The second film might as well be another alternate version, given the huge amount of differences between the movies (Gadget's even more of an idiot, Claw no longer seems to be Scolex, practically everyone else looks different...)



* ArtificialLimbs: Interestingly, in the film, Gadget takes some time to get used to them and even comments "it doesn't feel like me."

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* ArtificialLimbs: Interestingly, in the film, Gadget takes some time to get used to them and even comments "it doesn't feel like me."" Shortly after being activated, he accidentally extended his neck into the hospital ceiling.
6th Sep '16 3:24:52 PM themisterfree
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** According to her in the first movie, Chief Quimby was calling her "[[Film/{{Gidget}} Evil Gidget]] behind her back.



* RealityEnsues: Brown asks the Police Chief Quimby when he'll be put on the big case in the first film. The chief assures him he has something for him to "cut [his] teeth on". Cut to a newspaper montage of Brown being a crossing guard and helping the sanitation department. Remember, Brown is a security guard who was rejected from the police academy early in the film, and is markedly incompetent even ''after'' being upgraded. In fact, it's the central joke of the character.

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* RealityEnsues: Brown asks the Police Chief Quimby when he'll be put on the big case in the first film. The chief assures him he has something for him to "cut [his] teeth on". Cut to a newspaper montage of Brown being a crossing guard and helping the sanitation department. Remember, Brown is a security guard who was rejected from the police academy early in the film, and is markedly incompetent even ''after'' being upgraded. In fact, it's the central joke of the character.



** The knob for the helmet voltage [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap goes up to 11]], along with several to the original show.

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** The knob for the helmet voltage [[Film/ThisIsSpinalTap goes up to 11]], along with several to the original show.11]].



** Mayor Wilson says that Chief Quimby calls her "[[Film/{{Gidget}} Evil Gidget]]" behind her back.



* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted. Unlike the original series' ambiguous location of Metro City, this one is set in the equally fictional city of Riverton, Ohio (though it's actually Pittsburgh- perhaps it's the Pittsburgh equivalent of an alternate universe?).

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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted. Unlike the original series' ambiguous location of Metro City, this one is set in the equally fictional city of Riverton, Ohio (though it's actually Pittsburgh- [[WildMassGuessing perhaps it's the Pittsburgh equivalent of an alternate universe?).universe?]]).



** Dog translator collar? Supercop cybernetics? Cybernetic control chip? Dr Bradford and her father did it. Even Kramer's work is based on duplicating her work. It even turns out that Dr Claw's whole reason for losing weight, getting rich, and being a supervillain was to find a way to impress her (he's fancied her since they went to boarding school together).

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** Dog translator collar? Supercop cybernetics? Cybernetic control chip? Dr Dr. Bradford and her father did it. Even Kramer's work is based on duplicating her work. It even turns out that Dr Dr. Claw's whole reason for losing weight, getting rich, and being a supervillain was to find a way to impress her (he's fancied her since they went to boarding school together).
6th Sep '16 3:20:24 PM themisterfree
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* BroughtToYouByTheLetterS: Most of Gadget's equipment and other related items bears a stylized "G"- presumably the symbol of the Gadget Program.



* CoolCar: The Gadgetmobile. it can talk, it has booster rockets and a ''skittles compartment''.

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* CoolCar: The Gadgetmobile. Now a 1960s Lincoln Continental, it can talk, it has a giant booster rockets rocket and a ''skittles ''Skittles compartment''.
5th Sep '16 9:47:36 AM themisterfree
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* IdiosyncraticWipes: Scenes are transitioned with various technological things, like wireframe versions of Gadget's equipment or various mechanical objects.
1st Sep '16 7:38:12 AM themisterfree
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* CaliforniaDoubling: Pittsburgh, PA in the first and Brisbane, Australia in the second; both for Ohio. Still, the use of Pittsburgh is at least justified--PPG Place ''is'' Dr. Claw's castle.

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* CaliforniaDoubling: Pittsburgh, UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}}, PA in the first and Brisbane, Australia in the second; both for Ohio. Still, the use of Pittsburgh is at least justified--PPG Place ''is'' Dr. Claw's castle.


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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Averted. Unlike the original series' ambiguous location of Metro City, this one is set in the equally fictional city of Riverton, Ohio (though it's actually Pittsburgh- perhaps it's the Pittsburgh equivalent of an alternate universe?).
31st Aug '16 6:00:30 AM DrakeClawfang
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* JerkassHasAPoint: Quimby demoting Gadget to toilet cleaning duty becomes easier to support when you remember that Gadget unintentionally sabotaged G2's stakeout, allowing Claw's minions to escape with stolen goods and enabling Claw to continue working on his evil plan.

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* JerkassHasAPoint: JerkassHasAPoint:
** In the first movie, Quimby is an ObstructiveBureaucrat who refuses to let Gadget work on the Bradford case. However, he makes the very true point that, contrary to the name he was given, Gadget is ''not'' actually a police inspector, or even a trained officer. He is just a security guard turned into a publicity stunt that Quimby now has to put up with.
** In the sequel,
Quimby demoting Gadget to toilet cleaning duty becomes easier to support when you remember that Gadget unintentionally sabotaged G2's stakeout, allowing Claw's minions to escape with stolen goods and enabling Claw to continue working on his evil plan.
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