Monday, May 10, 2010

Inspector Gadget Champs Commercial (1987)

Back in 2006 I purchased this production cel of Inspector Gadget selling his collectible cups from Champs (KFC) Chicken. And yes, I have held onto a collection of those cups for the past 23 years. lolI finally came across the original commercial that ran locally in Manitoba, Canada way back in 1987.

Although I'm guessing here judging by the art & animation style, I believe that the commercial was created by local animator Cordell Barker who went on to direct popular National Film Board animated shorts "The Cat Came Back" (1988) and "Strange Invaders" (2002).

4 comments:

Mesterius said...

Wow, Cordell Barker? That's an interesting theory, I had wondered who animated that commercial. Anyone who can confirm this?

I have to say, though, that if Barker was the animator, he's certainly done a much better job with his own films. For some reason, the animator of this commercial completely misunderstood how to make Gadget move naturally. The Inspector's wobbly head is a sad case of over-animating, and MadCat looks jarringly out of character as well. Also, Penny should of course have been the one to stop MadCat in the end...

Still, it's a fun curiosity:)

Ricardo Cantoral said...

I think this animation of Inspector Gadget beats anything from the TV show. It isn't great mind you but it seems a lot less stiff.

Mesterius said...

I actually feel it's the other way around: Inspector Gadget is both better designed and far better animated in the majority of episodes of the original TV show (season 1, that is). Check out this episode for instance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BS94l7lDzbw. Less bobbing up and down all the time, but the animation is precise and very well done; not least for a TV series. Also, when there actually is squash and stretch, it's used for a purpose. More movement doesn't necessarily mean better animation.

Ricardo Cantoral said...

I have seen that episode, all of them actually. Inspector Gadget really never has had impressive animation, especially not character animation. Very boring TV stuff.


I don't think this commercial's animation spectacular either but it's a lot less stiff. He actually seems to be moving as he is talking, not impressive but an improvement over the series. I also thought Mad Cat looked quite hilarious.