Gadget and the Gadgetinis
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|Gadget and the Gadgetinis|
|Created by||Jean Chalopin|
|Written by||Jean Chalopin|
|Directed by||Bruno Bianchi|
|Voices of||Maurice LaMarche
|Opening theme||Gadgetinis Theme song|
|Ending theme||Credits with Gadgetinis Theme song|
|Country of origin||Canada
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||About 22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||DIC Entertainment|
|First shown in||Canada|
|Original run||September 1, 2001 – December 27, 2003|
|Related shows||Inspector Gadget|
Gadget and the Gadgetinis is a Canadian/French TV series spinoff of the classic series Inspector Gadget, developed by DIC Entertainment in cooperation with Haim Saban's SIP Animation and released in 2002. There are 52 episodes.
Gadget is now a lieutenant, and a member of an organization called "WOMP" (World Organization of Mega Powers). He is aided in his work by Penny (who is now twelve years old), as well as the new robot characters Digit and Fidget, the titular Gadgetinis invented by Penny, who essentially replace Brain the dog in this series (who is supposedly retired from active duty) and Chief Quimby (who now works as an informant for the head of WOMP) has been replaced with Col. Nozzaire, a former member of the French Foreign Legion.
The original creators of Inspector Gadget reunited for this series. Andy Heyward initiated the concept and was one of the executive producers; Jean Chalopin created/developed the show and wrote or co-wrote every episode; while Bruno Bianchi designed the main characters as well as directing and producing the series. Gadget & the Gadgetinis follows basically the same plot as the original series, with the clumsy Gadget attempting to fight crime while Penny and her helpers do all the work. Some details underwent major changes, though, for instance the villains. Doctor Claw (who in several stories was entirely replaced by other villains - in a few cases aliens) had relatives in some of the episodes.
While Brain and Chief Quimby are mostly absent from the show, they do appear in pictures in Gadget's house. Each also appears as a special guest, and only in one episode each. Brain appears in episode 36, No Brainer which reveals that, having been traumatized after years of pain while saving Gadget, he retired from crime-fighting to live in a riverside house. The mere mention of the word "gadget" is enough to drive him frantic. Chief Quimby appears in episode 45, Super Boss Gadget.
The French end credits to the series show a series of sketches of Penny going to visit Brain at his riverside home. The pair enjoy an emotional reunion.
Jean-Michel Guirao composed the musical underscore, and the main title song for the English-speaking version was written and performed by Mike Piccirillo. However, the Canadian and French theme songs for "Gadgetinis" were explicitly different: The French version's theme, composed by Noam Kaniel and David Vadant, sounded very close to Shuki Levy and Haim Saban's original Inspector Gadget theme, and was in fact based on the original series' theme song. (The French end credits for the show state: "Musique des génériques: Noam Kaniel, David Vadant, K.I.A. productions. D'après le "Thème de l'Inspecteur Gadget". Musique originale de Haim Saban et Shuki Levy.") The reason this was possible - even though DiC Entertainment (which owned "Inspector Gadget") no longer had the rights to Levy and Saban's theme music - is probably that "Gadget and the Gadgetinis" was produced primarily by the French animation studio SIP Animation, owned by Haim Saban.
- Now working for WOMP as a Lieutenant Gadget is still the same bumbling detective cyborg he was before, except he appears to have been "upgraded" with several new gadgets. He is often unaware of MAD interfering with missions, sometimes making it easier for them to continue with Dr. Claw's evil plans, but they are nearly always thwarted. Gadget may not be very bright, but deep down, he cares deeply about those he knows so well and will occasionally go to risky procedures to protect everyone and everything around him.
Gadget's appearance is somewhat different from his original self, as his hat and coat are now dark grey and his gloves are yellow. He is also seen wearing green sunglasses in most episodes. Voiced by Maurice LaMarche.
The Gadgetinis - Two small robots who resemble Gadget and aid him frequently on his missions. They were created by Penny and have the personalities of pre-teens. Like Gadget, they each have their own arsenal of hidden gadgets and devices, including video communicators in their chest-pieces.
- Fidget is the most easily spooked of the pair and is colored orange. He secretly wants to be a human, and often makes complaints about body parts that he does not technically possess, being a robot (although in the episode "One Too Many Gadgets", he is mentioned as having eaten human food, something which he should not be able to do, being a robot). He appears to have a crush on Penny.
- Digit is the smarter of the Gadgetinis and is navy blue. He usually corrects Fidget about being a robot and not a human, and is often sarcastic.
- Gadget's niece who is now aged 12 and creator of the Gadgetinis. Despite not always partaking in missions, she often contacts her uncle and the Gadgetinis to offer advice and information from home. She usually does this from the attic, using her computer and many other hi-tech tools. Penny would sometimes accompany Gadget and the Gadgetinis in the mission. She also usually corrects Fidget about being a robot and not a human. Penny in this series occasionally plays the damsel-in-distress role just like in the original series.
Like her original self, Penny still wears her hair in pigtails, except a little higher and while she originally had green eyes, they are now blue. While nobody had anything against Penny's use of her gadgets in the original series, the people in this show nitpick Penny for being interested in computers (in "One Too Many Gadgets," a flight attendant takes away Penny's crime laptop, and in "Weekend At The Beach," Penny's friend Bridget criticizes Penny for "playing with computer games" when she was actually using her communication watch).
- Another member of WOMP from France and former member of the French Foreign Legion, Col. Nozzaire (often mistakenly pronounced "Nose-Hair" by the others) cannot stand Gadget and his silliness, and constantly tries to partake in missions himself, only to get captured by MAD, badly injured or never getting to go on missions at all.
- Leader of WOMP. He is the one who assigns Gadget with missions, much to the disgust of Nozzaire.
- Leader of MAD and Gadget's unseen enemy. Unlike the original, you can actually see his feet and torso from time to time, his gauntlets are now gold with black joints and knuckles, and with the MAD logo printed on them. Most of the time, instead of banging his hand on his desk, he scratches the arm of his chair when angered. He also sucks his thumb when he sleeps. Voiced by Brian Drummond.
- Secretary of General Sir. Gadget usually troubles her and mistakes her name, similar to Col. Nozzaire.
- Penny's dog and ex-helper of Gadget. He now lives by himself in a shack next to a lake — his prior experience with Gadget having given him a severe phobia, such that when he hears the name "Gadget", sees any of Gadget's or the Gadgetinis' "gizmos" put to use (even for a demonstration), or has any face-to-face interaction at all with Gadget, he becomes a nervous wreck. When Gadget was kidnapped by Dr. Claw, Brain returned to help Penny and the Gadgetinis in saving him ("No Brainer"). She gave him a collar that enabled him to talk. It is destroyed at the end of the episode. Some versions of the closing theme show Penny paying him a visit in a storyboard-like sequence.
- Ex-police chief. Now he's an agent of WOMP, working as General Sir's top informant of the Cryptic Intelligence Agency (an obvious parody of the real life Central Intelligence Agency, CIA). ("Super Boss Gadget")
William "Billy" Thaw
- Claw's nephew, whom he refers to as Uncle George. His father is Dr. Thaw, who is currently frozen. He is taken care of by his grandmother, who wants him to grow up not evil. When he finds out about his uncle's true nature, he contacts his grandmother to stop Claw from executing Gadget. He and Penny have a crush on each other, as they both share the same interests, though their uncles are archenemies. ("Claw's Nephew")
- Claw and Thaw's mother and Billy's grandmother. She first met Claw's father in jail, the same day Gadget's parents met. She has higher authority over Claw, even going as far as to stop him in his evil deeds. Dr Claw once had his MAD agents turned invisible so that they could try to rob her house, apparently to get some childhood trophies from her. Like her son, only her right hand is seen.
- Shown briefly in "The Weather Machine" and "Claw's Nephew".