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Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever



Wowzers, this silly caper is hampered by poor CGI animation.
  • Review Date: January 12, 2011
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 66 minutes

What parents need to know

Educational value

Intended to entertain, not educate.

Positive messages

Aside from the generic concept that good defeats evil, there's no real takeaway message here.

Positive role models

Inspector Gadget is an upbeat guy who fights evil and cares about his niece Penny in his spacey way. Penny herself is smart and resourceful.

Violence & scariness

All about bombs and their detonation -- they're the cartoonish, bowling ball variety, but they work. Inspector Gadget loses his head a couple of times thanks to the work of the bomber. Some dangerous driving moments and perilous falls.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable

Some name-calling and stand-in swear words: "shoot," "imbecile," "butt."

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Chief Quimby smokes a pipe in every scene.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there are plenty of explosions in this movie, many perpetrated by a character called Bomb Boy, who tells a kid that "crime pays." Most of the wackiness is slapstick in nature, but parents might find that the movie's weaknesses outweigh its worth.

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What's the story?

Inspector Gadget (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) is looking for the evil villain Dr. Claw (Brian Drummond), who has escaped from jail, when he happens upon a gigantic dinosaur egg. When the egg hatches, the Inspector and his crime fighting gang try to keep it from becoming Claw's agent of world domination. Of course, Gadget bumbles his way through the investigation, but his many gadgets help him find his way out of desperate trouble.

Is it any good?


This addition to the Inspector Gadget franchise feels like an afterthought -- if simply because the CGI animation is so poorly executed. The gadgets look tired, the expressionless characters do nothing to help the mediocre dialogue, and the silly moments are ham-stringed by the stagy design.

The idea that Inspector Gadget is trying to recruit a giant dinosaur to help him with his juggling routine is zany enough to remind viewers of funny Gadget episodes. And Bernie Mac's guest appearance as the voice of the Gadget Mobile lends the movie a little professional credibility, but fans will be disappointed in this effort because it lacks the zip and vim of the TV show.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about villains. Dr. Claw is a villain whose face we never see. Does that make him scarier? Are there villains in real life?

  • Inspector Gadget bumbles through his days, trying to solve crimes, but much of his good luck has to do with his gadgets. What kind of gadgets do you have that help you?

  • Inspector Gadget uses his cell phone while he's driving. What could he learn from these tips on appropriate cell phone use?

Movie details

DVD release date:September 6, 2005
Cast:Bernie Mac, Jim Byrnes, Maurice LaMarche
Director:Ezekiel Norton
Genre:Family and Kids
Run time:66 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Kid, 12 years old November 29, 2015

CGI. Yours, Goatworlds.

Teen, 13 years old Written byMalachiT April 12, 2014

The Description has an Error, but TRUST me.

The Content of the MPAA (Motion Picture Association of America) has issued a "NOT RATED" on the movie. I think it should be a "G" because, there is cartoon violence, very little scary scenes, and some crude/rude humor. The MPAA also advises that there are scenes of tobacco, (As the Commonsense Media states) as the movie throughout is not that heavily animated/quality. It was in 2005, as most people decide to watch better animated shows. The MPAA does not have an age restriction on the movie. Inspector Gadget, a police detective, is a comedian to children, he investigates crimes and fights bad guys. He also did some worse problems, as of causing the egg to hatch and releasing the dinosaur. The other thing he does is juggles. He juggles almost ANYTHING. Parents are not highly cautioned of this movie, but is advising kids not to do ANY of these, bad stunts at home.
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