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Animation Monday: The New Inspector Gadget

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Well, we are living in a world where classic cartoons are being rebooted.  If Ducktales can be rebooted for Disney, I guess Inspector Gadget was due for a reboot too.  If you don’t remember the classic Inspector Gadget series, I loved it while I was a kid!  The animation was hand-drawn, and I loved it everytime Penny was put to sleep with that sleeping gas.

So now, the rebooted Inspector Gadget has been put on Netflix.  It was supposed to go to Cartoon Network, but something happened where Netflix got the show instead.  Judging by the trailer below, I just don’t know.

The show is made from DHX Media, and for starters the animation is subpar.  I mean, this looks like a classic computer animation from something you expected back in the 1990’s when the first Toy Story came out.  The storylines are okay, and I enjoy seeing the action with the Claw.  And I liked seeing the new tech, which is an upgrade from the original series.  But, what is turning me off is the animation.

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When you make something, you should put the best work you can into the animation qualities. Yes, I know that mostly all cartoons you see today are computer animation.  But, the computer animation has gotten so good that sometimes you have a hard time telling it’s a computer animation.  In this new Inspector Gadget series, it’s like the animation went back 20 years.  Along with the mouths sometimes not in sync, and the weird head tilts at times.  The CGI computer animation here was lacking.

Other things I thought about the series.  I tought having Tara Strong as the voice of Penny was a good choice.  And I can see this new character named Talon having some kind of date scene thing happening.  Yes, the good person having a crush on the evil person, we have seen this before.  I also like seeing Penny and Brian as partners with Gadget, unlike the first series where Penny and Brain were always behind Gadget.

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But, the one thing that is killing me here is the animation!  If the animation was better, I would have approved!  The storylines are good, but the animation is off the mark!  This is a lesson to all the animators out there!  Focus on your animation work, the people wants good animation.  Not the lame animation we see in the new Inspector Gadget series, the people thank you!