Okay seriously, who in the world today doesn't know Inspector Gadget? I mean come on, Gadget is quintessential and has been for years. Everyone knows Inspector Gadget, he's one of the most awesome cartoon characters to have ever existed, introduced in 1983, Inspector Gadget was a very successful and very long lived show that ran all the way to 1986 and then lived on in syndication straight into the 1990s.
The theme song for Inspector Gadget is probably one of the best known openings of all time I'd be willing to bet, that "Dadadada da Inspector Gadget, Dadadadada doo woo oo!" is probably known world-wide and why not? The theme is catchy and a catchy theme to a good cartoon is automatically memorable much in the same way that I still can't get the original Thundercats theme song out of my head no matter how many times I listen to it.. By the way have you ever noticed in the original Thundercats theme song the way they emphasize and draw out their S's? Kind of weird.. But back to Gadget!
Inspector Gadget is some sort of awesome Cyborg Policeman or Detective, his body is strangely and inexplicably packed full of various devices and utilities that he summons by saying "Go Go Gadget --", the -- being the item he wishes to activate which typically doesn't matter because his own body often refuses to listen to him but for the sake or argument "Go Go Gadget Copter", which would activate the helicopter blades on him that would spring fourth from his hat.. Kind of makes you think.. Being how many of Gadgets devices came from his clothing and the like, was his clothing part of his body or could he actually take it off if he wanted? I think I recall seeing his hat come off several times, in that case... Where the fuck are those helicopter blades coming from?
It's never really explained in fact it's flat out never explained precisely why Gadget is a Cyborg or how he came to acquire all these strange Gadget's on his body, it begs the question.. Did he self modify? If so... Is he... Fully functional and anatomically correct? In which case... Go Go Gadget.. Yeaaah, no. I'm gonna stop there, I can't bring myself to do it, my fist is already balled and on the verge of slamming into the side of my own face if I do it, it's too lame to bother taking the hit for.
Naturally Gadget wasn't the only one with.. Uh.. Gadgets.. Fucking redundancy is inevitable here.. There was also Penny with her awesome Communicator Watch and Computer Book, a watch which kept her in contact with her strange dog "Brain" who somehow in spite of wearing ridiculous disguises that often involved him wearing simply a fake beard and hat as seen above and sometimes nothing more than a smile managed to hide the fact that he was a dog from virtually everyone, I'm pretty sure I'd notice some mutant dog even if he were wearing a fake beard and acting like a human but okay.. Whatever.. For the record though, I wanted Penny's Gadgets. The Communicator Watch and Book Computer were fucking awesome even if they were connected to Brain in the most retarded of ways, popping microphones and I guess camera's? out of his collar at random times.. Which is strange because one of the camera's is evidently magical, notice how we're looking at Brain being broadcast via this Communications Devices screen and there's no sign of a camera protruding from his collar? How the fuck does that work?
One must also note that Gadget was either the most oblivious, incompetent, and lucky of all men in the world or a Masterful Troll before his time because some how Gadget seems to remain completely unaware of the dangers facing him all the while managing to avoid them and ultimately foil the plans of his arch-enemy, Dr. Claw;
Dr. Claw by the way who is voiced by the amazing Frank Welker, the same man who I've said in the past has voiced countless major characters such as Megatron (Including the Megatron from the recent films), Fred Jones and Scooby Doo from Scooby Doo!, many animal voices in other animated programming, Nibbler in Futurama, and well.. Too many to bother naming again, the man is legendary though, take my word for it or look it up yourself. His voice range is insane and his throat after a stint of voicing Dr. Claw must have felt like he'd swallowed a glass of broken glass, rusty nails, and gravel, sufficed to say this voice must have fucking hurt to try and do.
Gadget was voiced by Don Adams who sadly passed away in 2005, Don had voiced other parts in other shows I had enjoyed such as Principal Hickey in Pepper Ann, Maxwell Smart in Get Smart, and a few other parts and well.. Cree Summer, the same voice of Valarie Grey in Danny Phantom, Tiff Crust in My Life As A Teenage Robot, Miranda Killgallen in As Told By Ginger, Susie Carmicheal in Rugrats, Hyena in Gargoyles, Elmyra Duff in Tiny Toons, and well.. Many many more.. The voice acting in Inspector Gadget therefore is pretty damn top notch and was funny to boot, I mean.. Like I said, Gadget was either incredibly lucky and oblivious or the greatest Troll of perhaps all time, the man's incredible.
Of course there was a film, the film was an abomination in my opinion, it wasted the talent it had and the potential it had as well, it had the potential to be truly great.. Instead it really just sucked and it didn't feel much like Gadget really..
Also in relation to the cartoon, you'd think after being exploded so many times that Chief Quimby might y'know.. Stop using explosive fucking notes?, where does one buy explosive post-it notes anyway? Those would be pretty awesome to have.
Inspector Gadget gets a retrospective rating of 9.8/10 Big Cat Paws, I love Inspector Gadget, kids of today should really have Inspector Gadget, talk about a good 'ole fashion, simple, and funny cartoon.
Go Go Gadget Big Cat Paw!
PS: Be glad they never 'officially' showed Dr. Claw's face in the cartoon, this is what he looked like according to their Dr. Claw action figure;
Bastard looks like he had a fucking stroke, yeesh.
No dinner post tonight, sorry.