Monday, September 26, 2011

Cool Animated GIFs at

If you've ever wanted animated GIFs starring our favorite Inspector, this is your lucky day. I just discovered the site "Go, Gadget, Go!", which, according to its description, is "A blog dedicated to the 80s cartoon, Inspector Gadget". Sounds familiar? However, unlike the blog you're currently reading, "Go, Gadget, Go!" is a tumblr site consisting almost only of images... and mostly moving images of the kind you see to the left and below, created by the blog's founder. Maybe the site oughta be called "Go, Go, Gadget GIFs!". It's certainly an excellent place to find just that... and even better, the GIFs are all made directly from the original series. While perhaps not all of them are great, many are very funny and well-made. I'm posting a few of my favorites below just to give you a taste. For more, head right over to (or click here if you want the site's complete archive showcasing all the GIFs to date).


I could watch this all day.

"Go, Go, Gadget Float Coat!"

"Why do I keep hitting the seat?!"

M.A.D. Cat is getting groovy!

“And you’re not even a woman!”

The blog's creator even GIF'ed one of my all-time favorite moments from the show (above), which I myself uploaded to Youtube back in 2009. Have to say I think this particular joke works best when viewed in context... so here is the complete, mind-blowing "And you're not even a woman!" scene for those who are not yet familiar with it:


But enough promoting of my videos. After all, this post is about the stuff you can find on my sister (brother) blog "Go, Gadget, Go!", so head over there and take a look. I should also mention that the site does contain some stuff besides the GIFs as well, like postings of videos and fan art... and it's even got a 'submit' feature allowing anyone to post their own Inspector Gadget-related stuff onto it. Still, the main attraction to me is definitely those GIFs. Keep 'em coming!

"Brain! Come in, Brain! Come in again, Brain!"

Friday, September 16, 2011

Like Day and Night: The Animation Cel versus the DVD

A month ago, I talked a little about how beautiful Inspector Gadget's original animation cels look when compared to what we see on today's official DVD editions. Following up on that, I decided to post some more cels I found online; complete with their matching - and faded - episode screenshots.
Once again we start with a cel from Down on the Farm (right below); this time a great picture of Gadget investigating inside M.A.D.'s giant rocket ship. I love how fresh and strong the colors of this cel appear... just look at that brilliant blue on the machinery in the background! It certainly shines above the weak and unfocused quality of the DVD screen shot (below underneath).

Down on the Farm: The Cel
Down on the Farm: Official DVD Screenshot

Jumping to the episode Haunted Castle, we find another great cel example (right below); with matching lackluster screenshots from the episode (below underneath). One thing I love about seeing the original cel is all the additional picture information we get. The background in this Haunted Castle cel is really nicely painted... and while it doesn't exactly look bad in the episode, seeing it like this is truly an eye-opener. It just makes you appreciate the craft so much more.

Haunted Castle: The Cel
Haunted Castle: Official DVD screenshot 1
Haunted Castle: Official DVD screenshot 2
(Minor note: As is often the case when animation cels are reconstructed for sale, not all the layers in this Haunted Castle cel are exact matches of the episode moment. This is why I had to find two matching screen shots for comparison (above); one of Gadget and Brain, and one of the puzzled villain looking at them.)

The below cel from A Star Is Lost may not have suffered quite as much of a quality loss in the episode, but the sharpness of the drawn lines still says it all. And notice how we can actually clearly study the background details, like the pattern in the loud speaker seen between the agents. In the DVD screenshot (below underneath), this pattern is reduced to a gray spot.

A Star Is Lost: The Cel
A Star Is Lost: Official DVD Screenshot
(Minor note #2: The cel from A Star is Lost seems to have the same issue with the animation layers as the Haunted Castle cel. It appears that when the cel was reconstructed, the layer of the M.A.D. agent with the blue wig was placed underneath the layer with the photographer agent... whereas in the production of the original episode, the blue-haired agent was obviously shot on top of the photographer, so that his hand could tap the photographer on the shoulder to get his attention.)

The last example we're gonna showcase is perhaps the most striking of all. First, take a look at the below cel from the episode Amusement Park... then compare with the DVD screenshot from this dramatically aged episode:

Amusement Park: The Cel
Amusement Park: Official DVD Screenshot

See what I mean? Over the years, the circus tent's vibrant green has actually aged into a completely different color! Who knows how many "wrong" colors we might be looking at when viewing an Inspector Gadget episode today?

Of course, we don't know for certain that the episodes ever looked quite as good as the animation cels do. It depends on many other factors besides just aging... like, how good was the camera equipment with which they originally shot the episodes? But I think it still boils down to the same bottom line: Inspector Gadget is overdue for a high-quality restoration. The animation cels brim with details and sparkling colors, and it's a pity that the faded prints of the TV episodes have no chance of living up to that. Plus, restoring the episodes would help ensure that this classic show can live on in the modern world of HD TVs and Blu-ray. It's a win-win situation, Cookie Jar... it would definitely pay off in the long run! Go Go Gadget High Definition!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Puzzled Gadget*

I love coming across vintage Inspector Gadget merchandise on Ebay. For instance, up for auctioning right now is this very charming-looking puzzle game inspired by one of my favorite episodes, The Invasion. I'm not a big puzzle enthusiast myself, but Gadget fans who are might get a kick out of this. At least the illustration looks pretty good (I especially like the disguised Brain peeking around the corner).

*Hang on, isn't Inspector Gadget always puzzled?