Inspector Gadget 2
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|Inspector Gadget 2|
American DVD cover
|Directed by||Alex Zamm|
|Produced by||Charles Hirschhorn
Peter M. Green
|Written by||Alex Zamm
|Based on||Inspector Gadget
by Andy Heyward
& Bruno Bianchi
and D. L. Hughley
|Music by||Chris Hajian
|Edited by||Jimmy Hill|
DIC Entertainment (uncredited)
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Home Entertainment|
Inspector Gadget 2 (alternatively known as IG2, and credited as just Inspector 2 Gadget at the start credits) 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 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 as his girlfriend and Professor Baxter as the person who checks him over. 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. Additionally, the Gadgetmobile is now purple with three yellow Gs, one on his hood and two on his doors.
Inspector Gadget (French Stewart) and his Gadgetmobile (voiced by D.L. Hughley) are having problems in their line of work, mostly because of Gadget's overzealous nature. At this time, Dr. Claw (Tony Martin) escapes from prison. Mayor Wilson (Sigrid Thornton) takes this opportunity to create G2 (Elaine Hendrix), a female Gadget-type robot that can function normally. Gadget begins to fall in love with G2.
Claw begins a new plan to steal gold from the United States Treasury. Gadget makes repeated attempts to stop Claw, but is continually foiled by his own bumbling and gadgetry glitches. Chief Quimby becomes increasingly frustrated and eventually fires Gadget. When Penny realizes that her uncle was fired and asks if there's anything she can do to help, Gadget tells here that she is still too young.
Penny decides to examine the evidence on her own and eventually finds Claw's hideout at an abandoned bowling factory. She infiltrates the hideout, but Claw captures her. At the gala, Gadget gets a job as a limo driver who opens doors for the guests. Inside the gala, Claw activates the laughing gas to keep the people busy as he steals a 50,000-karat ruby, however G2 was immune to the gas. In order to stop the robot, Claw uses a magnet to trap G2. Afterwards, Claw and his minions escape after Gadget fails to recognize him. After G2's failure, Quimby decides to deactivate the robot and end the Gadget program.
Gadget goes to the police department to reactivate G2. Brain tells them that Claw has kidnapped Penny. Outside, Claw activates his machine, which was hidden in a truck. The weapon freezes time in Riverton, allowing Claw and his minions to easily rob the Federal Reserve. Both Gadgets manage to avoid the weapon's blast and find Claw and his minions at the Federal Reserve.
At the treasury, Claw orders his minions to attack Gadget and G2 so he can get away. Gadget and G2 decide to switch chips in order to make Gadget work perfectly, leaving G2 to deal with the glitches. Gadget chases after Claw, who is escaping in an ice cream truck, but Claw drops Penny off the truck with explosives attached to her so that Gadget has to go after her instead of stopping Claw. At the bridge, Gadget stops Claw's truck with bubble gum. When Gadget orders Claw to put his hand (and claw) up, Claw gets away in a rocket-like escape pod, proclaiming: "You may have won this round, but I'll get you next time, Gadget!"
The movie ends with both Gadgets being awarded their jobs back, as well as being honored at a ceremony for their heroic actions, by Mayor Wilson.
- French Stewart as Inspector Gadget
- Elaine Hendrix as G2
- Tony Martin as Dr. Claw
- Caitlin Wachs as Penny
- Jeff Bennett as Brain the Dog (voice)
- D. L. Hughley as Gadgetmobile (voice)
- Mark Mitchell as Chief Quimby
- Sigrid Thornton as Mayor Wilson
- Bruce Spence as Baxter
- Alethea McGrath as Mrs. Quimby (cameo)
- Mungo McKay as the Bartender
- James Wardlaw as Brick
- John Batchelor as McKibble
- Nick Lawson as Squint
- Mick Roughan as Jungle Bob
- Siros Niaros as The Ninja
- Brian McDermott as Mr. Morgan
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.
Two beagles (Scooter and Riley) were used for the role of Brain.
The special effects crew used power drills for some of their stunts. For example, when Gadget first sees G2, his hat spins when a power drill with a pole connected to his hat in place of the drill bit spins.
Tony Martin did not operate the claw all the time; in some scenes it was remote-controlled.
The original concept for the Federal Reserve was a giant piggy bank.
Elaine Hendrix did her own stunts, especially during the fighting scene against Claw's minions.
Claw's hideout in an abandoned Bowl-Rite factory was actually an old sugar factory in Australia.
Every extra was given glasses for the Science Convention scene.
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. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a 40% rating.
Despite negative reviews, the film was credited for being closer to the original cartoon than the first movie.
- "Inspector Gadget 2 (2003) (V) - Box office / business". IMDb.
- "Inspector Gadget 2". rottentomatoes.com. 11 March 2003.
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