Inspector Gadget 2

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Inspector Gadget 2
Inspectorgadget2-1-.jpg
British DVD cover
Directed by Alex Zamm
Produced by Charles Hirschhorn
Peter M. Green
Written by Andy Heyward
Based on Inspector Gadget 
by Andy Heyward
Jean Chalopin
& Bruno Bianchi
Starring French Stewart
Elaine Hendrix
and D. L. Hughley
Music by Chris Hajian
Cinematography Geoffrey Wharton
Edited by Jimmy Hill
Production
company
DIC Entertainment (uncredited)
Distributed by Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release dates
  • March 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)
Running time
88 minutes
Country United States
Australia
Language English
Budget $12 million[1]

Inspector Gadget 2 (alternatively known as IG2) is a live-action direct-to-video comedy film, released to VHS and DVD on March 11, 2003. This is based upon the cartoon series created by DiC Entertainment and is a direct-to-video stand-alone sequel to the 1999 Walt Disney Pictures film Inspector Gadget and also released by DIC Entertainment. It was filmed in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

The second film departs slightly from the first one as it is more like the original cartoon. Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw are never referred to as John Brown and Sanford Scolex – their respective civilian names from the first film, though Claw's communicator clearly is labeled "Scolex Industries", indicating that his name is still Sanford Scolex. In addition to this, D. L. Hughley, who reprises his role of the Gadgetmobile, is the only actor from the 1999 film to do so. Also, Gadget's love interest from the first film, Dr. Brenda Bradford, is gone and is replaced by G2. Inspector Gadget is also more goofy, dim-witted, and foolishly inept than he was in the first film, and is unable to control his now glitch-ridden gadgets. As a homage to the original cartoon, Claw's face is never shown and he speaks with a deep, gruff voice. In the previous film, Claw's face was visible and he was depicted as an upper-class businessman. He also appears to be older in age than he was in the original, although the story takes place only one year later.

Plot[edit]

A year after the first film, Dr. Claw (Tony Martin), escapes from Riverton Prison. Chief Quimby (Mark Mitchell), Mayor Wilson (Sigrid Thornton) and Baxter (Bruce Spence) unveil the new female Gadget Model #2 (G2 for short) (Elaine Hendrix), to replace the now glitchy Inspector Gadget (French Stewart). Gadget soon falls for G2, but she turns down his offer to team up, saying she works alone. Also, Gadget angers Quimby after arresting his mother for going .3 mph over the speed limit and for driving without a license. Meanwhile, Dr. Claw plans to steal 5 trillion dollars worth of gold from the Riverton Federal Reserve. Gadget's niece, Penny (Caitlin Wachs) shows him that Claw placed a job ad in the paper for minions. Gadget goes undercover, but ends up causing a bar brawl, which G2 later breaks up. Penny sneaks along with Brain (Gadget's dog), and finds out Claw is planning a heist; she tells Gadget and G2. Despite Quimby warning to stay away or he will be fired, Gadget goes to the stakeout and ends up sabotaging it while trying to help, allowing Claw's minions to escape with ion fuel cells. Quimby makes Gadget spend the next three days as a bathroom janitor instead of firing him as promised.

Later, Gadget receives a letter telling him of a chance to catch Claw at the science convention; he decides to attend, despite Penny's warnings it could be a trap. Claw's goons pose as Gadget fans to place a remote control override chip on his hat; Claw uses this to make him activate gadgets at random, distracting the crowd while his goons to steal a protoid laser. Penny and Brain, although unable to stop the theft, obtain a bowling shoe from a goon. Quimby fires Gadget causing $100,000 in damages at the science convention, despite the fact that Gadget had enough evidence from scientists, including Baxter to prove that it wasn't his fault. Gadget tries to find a new job, but he gets fired due to his glitches. Meanwhile, Claw and his henchmen are now free to steal anything they want without Gadget stopping them. Penny investigates the bowling shoe, discovering it came from a now-condemned factory, which Claw is using as his hideout; she attempts to get Gadget back on the case, but he refuses, prompting Penny to find more evidence about the bowling shoe by herself.

The Mayor hosts a fundraiser, which Claw crashes for a 20-pound ruby on loan from the Rajah of India; he incapacitates the guests with laughing gas, and G2 with a giant magnet. Since both Gadgets failed, the Mayor orders the cancellation of the Gadget Program and G2's deactivation. Meanwhile, Penny and Brain break into Claw's hideout; Claw and his minions return and capture her when she attempts to flee. Brain finds Gadget, who reactivated G2; they use Baxter's prototype "Bark Translator", allowing Brain to tell them of Claw's plan, Gadget realized that Penny was right, but he refused to listen her earlier, Gadget tells G2 that he needs to find Penny and he and G2 begin to find Claw and rescue Penny. As morning comes, Claw activates his super weapon, a time-freeze ray. Gadget and G2 however avoid the weapon blast and hurry to the Federal Reserve where they find Claw stealing its money. Claw escapes with Penny, while ordering his minions to hold off the Gadgets. G2 swaps a chip with Gadget to end his glitches, while she ends up with some odd gadgets in place of her usual ones when apprehending the crooks.

Meanwhile, Gadget catches up to Claw; however, Penny is sent out of the getaway vehicle in a go-kart rigged with bombs. Gadget is able to save her from seconds before the bombs explode. G2 arrives with the Gadgetmobile and they arrive on a bridge where Claw is fleeing. However, Gadget is able to use his bubble-gum gun to stop Claw's vehicle. The rest of Claw's gang tries to escape but they end up trapped in the smear of bubble-gum and are arrested. Gadget orders Claw to surrender, but he escapes in a rocket vowing to be back "Next time." Gadget, G2, and Penny reverse the effects of Claw's secret weapon by using the password "crime always pays", thanks to Penny's thinking.

Quimby and The Mayor award them for their heroism; they also increase the Gadget Program's budget, to be ready for Dr. Claw's eventual return. Gadget then gives a junior inspector gadget medal to Penny for what she had done to help him. When heading to the Gadgetmobile and putting each other's hands together, Gadget and G2's hats malfunction with beeping hearts causing them to kiss, and causing fireworks to shoot out of Gadget's hat, showing how much they are in love with each other. The film ends with Quimby and the Mayor getting blasted by one of the fireworks, which causes them to shout out in anger "GADGET!!!".

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Settings for this film include the Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point Campus, Queensland Parliament House, University of Queensland St Lucia Campus; South Bank Parklands Beach; Toowong Village, Anglican Church Grammar School and the William Jolly Bridge, all in Brisbane, Australia.

Reception[edit]

In contrast to the negative reaction to the first opus, this film received mixed reviews. The film was heavily criticized for its over-the-top acting, writing and plot.[2] On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 40% rating.

Despite mixed reviews, the film was credited for being closer to the original cartoon than the first movie.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) (V) - Box office / business". IMDb. 
  2. ^ "Inspector Gadget 2". rottentomatoes.com. 11 March 2003. 

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