Monday, May 05, 2008

Wowsers! More Gadget in '09!

According to the current issue of Animation Magazine, DIC Entertainment is going to be reviving their bionic crime fighter for a brand new show to premier in early 2009.Inspector Gadget has had many spin-offs and reincarnations since the original show began in the early 1980's. (Gadget Boy, 2 live action films, Gadget & the Gadgetinis, a CGI feature...)The new show will have many of the original characters intact such as Penny, Brain, Chief Quimby and Dr. Claw. Complete with klutz comedy but with more of a darker edge.
The series will have a design style that will lean more towards anime and the direction will be more cinematic with unique camera angles and dramatic musical cues.If all goes smoothly, Inspector Gadget will be hitting airwaves with 52 half-hours next spring!

14 comments:

PCUnfunny said...

Well hopefully this will fall flat on it's face like The Batman or Loonatics.

Martin Juneau said...

Just hope the new show wasn't a garbage than his last adaptations this time. (Except the CGI feature who was pretty hilarious)

Phillyradiogeek said...

I had no idea there was a CGI feature; I'm interested to check that out. I'm aware of Gadget Boy, but I've never seen it. There was also an educational series that combined live footage with animated Gadget imposed over it.

The less said about the live action movies, the better.

I look forward to the new series next year!

The S said...

Everyone tells me I do a near-flawless impersonation of the original Dr. Claw... I'd poo a brick if I somehow got the role ^^;

Andy Norton said...

If the characters are going to look like that bottom design, they I think that the franchise maybe back to its original comedic routes, but with a lot more modern improvements for it.

I wonder what Brian LeMay (the original character designer for the original series) thinks about this new-look Gadget?

Mesterius said...

Yeah, I'd find it interesting to hear Brian Lemay's thoughts too. However, just to be fair, his job was to design the regular MAD agents, the original villains and other supporting characters/props for each episode. Gadget and the rest of the principal characters had already been designed by Bruno Bianchi and other designers.
And here comes my sidenote question: Does anyone know if Gadget's two other co-creators, Jean Chalopin and Bruno Bianchi, are involved together with Andy Heyward in the making of this new series? Even though Andy Heyward had the initial idea for Gadget, I'va always seen him a bit more like a commercial business man, whereas Chalopin and Bianchi were the creative souls in the production of the original (which may explain why most spinoffs, done without much influence from them, are bad). One exception is "Gadget and the Gadgetinis", where they were both heavily involved - Jean writing scripts and Bruno directing - and even though it has its flaws, I find it to be one of the best Gadget revivals out there so far. So here's hoping that this new "Inspector Gadget" series involves Bianchi and Chalopin as well! Maybe I should write to Andy Heyward and tell him that.

shadow_rampage said...

Hmmm. The design looks interesting and more updated. I was wondering, is this really true? I can't find any article on this online, except on wikipedia.

Anonymous said...

Do you think you could give a link or type up some of the actual artical? I couldn't find it anywhere! It would be GREATLY appreciated if you did. :) <3

Beard said...

Five seasons is "fall flat on it's face"?

Anyway, it looks like they're just doing what half the kids that watched that show wanted, and letting Gadget do something cool once in a while. What's wrong with that?

Kyoo said...
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Kyoo said...

I just heard from Cookie Jar, the new owner of DIC:

The new Gadget project has been put on hold for the time being as we work on consolidating the DIC and Cookie Jar libraries and projects already in the pipeline. We will be sure to let you know if and when there are any status changes.

Best,
Joe

Joseph L. ( Joe ) Novak
Exec. Director – International Sales & Brand Mgmt.
Cookie Jar Entertainment

Anonymous said...

i think this would be a good idea but on one of the pictures it shows other people with gadgets i hope this wont happen as i always liked it that gadget had all the cool stuff but didnt use it well!

Mesterius said...

Put on hold? Nooo... I was fearing that might happen with the DiC/Cookie Jar merging and all... But then the project may still very possibly happen, right? Please make it happen! A Gadget series with a darker edge is an interesting idea with great potential... and I'm betting this show can become even better with Cookie Jar input than it would have been if DiC produced it all on their own (with a few exceptions, almost every Gadget revival they have done since the original series has been pretty lousy). So here's wishing the best for the new series!

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