Inspector Gadget

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Inspector Gadget (1999 Movie)

Disney’s “Inspector Gadget” is a live-action comedy film released in 1999, based on the popular animated TV series of the same name created by Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopin, and Bruno Bianchi.

The film follows the story of John Brown, a clumsy and bumbling security guard portrayed by Matthew Broderick, who dreams of becoming a police officer. After a tragic accident that nearly costs him his life, he is transformed into the world’s first cyborg police officer, known as Inspector Gadget, thanks to the brilliant but eccentric scientist Dr. Brenda Bradford, played by Joely Fisher.

Equipped with a variety of gadgets and gizmos implanted in his body, Inspector Gadget becomes a formidable crime-fighting machine. He is joined by his talking, dog-like robotic sidekick, Gadgetmobile, voiced by D.L. Hughley, and the beautiful and resourceful Dr. Bradford, who serves as his guide and support.

As Inspector Gadget embarks on his new career as a police officer, he faces a formidable adversary in the form of the sinister Dr. Claw, portrayed by Rupert Everett. Dr. Claw, the leader of the evil organization MAD (Mean And Dirty), is determined to bring chaos and destruction to the world, and it becomes Inspector Gadget’s mission to stop him.

Throughout the film, Inspector Gadget faces various challenges and comedic mishaps as he navigates his new life as a cyborg police officer. With the help of his gadgets, including extendable arms, rocket-powered roller skates, and a helicopter hat, he thwarts Dr. Claw’s evil plans and saves the day.

“Inspector Gadget” is a family-friendly film that combines action, adventure, and humor, appealing to both children and adults. The film is known for its zany and over-the-top action sequences and the slapstick comedy that is characteristic of the original animated series.

While “Inspector Gadget” received mixed reviews from critics, it gained popularity among younger audiences and fans of the original cartoon. The film’s lighthearted and entertaining nature made it a fun and enjoyable watch for audiences of all ages.

Fun Facts

  • “Inspector Gadget” is a 1999 live-action film based on the popular animated series of the same name. The film stars Matthew Broderick as the bumbling but well-meaning security guard, John Brown, who becomes the titular cyborg inspector.
  • The character of Inspector Gadget is known for his various gadgets and gizmos, and the film does not disappoint in this regard. The movie features a wide array of inventive gadgets, including helicopter blades, extendable limbs, and even a built-in toothpaste dispenser.
  • The film also includes the iconic villain, Dr. Claw, who is known for his distinctive mechanical hand and sinister voice. In the movie, Dr. Claw is portrayed by actor Rupert Everett, and his face remains hidden throughout the film, maintaining the character’s mysterious nature.
Inspector Gadget

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $134.4 million
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  • Matthew Broderick: Jonathan “John” Brown/Inspector Gadget/Robo-Gadget
  • Rupert Everett: Sanford Scolex/Dr. Claw
  • Joely Fisher: Dr. Brenda Bradford/RoboBrenda
  • Michelle Trachtenberg: Penny Brown
  • Dabney Coleman: Chief Frank Quimby III
  • L. Hughley: the voice of the Gadgetmobile
  • RenΓ© Auberjonois: Dr. Artemus Bradford
  • Don Adams: the voice of Brain
  • Cheri Oteri: Mayor Wilson
  • Andy Dick: Kramer
  • Michael G. Hagerty: Sykes
  • Frances Bay: Thelma
  • P. Manoux: The Mayor’s Sycophantic Assistant
  • Brian George: The Sore Guru
  • Richard Penn: Fantastic Doctor
  • Sonya Eddy: Hospital Secretary
  • Andy Heyward: Mr. D.I.C.
  • Aaron Meyerson: Aaron Meyerson


  • Director: David Kellogg
  • Producers: Roger Birnbaum, Andy Heyward and Jordan Kerner
  • Music: John Debney

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