Today in Movie History – July 23rd, 1999 – Inspector Gadget Film Released

Based on the hit animated series from the 1980s, Inspector Gadget was brought to the world of feature films on this day in movie history.

Inspector Gadget was originally an animated series produced by dic Entertainment in the 1980s. In that series, the title character was a bumbling detective who was part human, part robot. While he attempted to complete the assignments given to him by Chief Quimby, in the end, his intelligent niece Penny and her dog, Brain, end up stopping the villainous plots of M.A.D. Led by the never-fully-seen Dr. Claw.

The feature film was a live-action vehicle starring Matthew Broderick on July 23rd, 1999 from Disney. The movie was a primarily slapstick affair, and has some significant differences from the show, including, but not limited to:

• Dr. Claw (played by Rupert Everett) is seen, even early on in the film
• Penny is not blonde and plays a relatively minor role in the movie's climax
• The evil organization of M.A.D does not appear

The film received mostly negative reviews, but was a moderate success, leading to a direct-to-video sequel that was considered much truer to the original source material.

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