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DIC develops darker toon for Gadget’s 25th

DIC Entertainment's Inspector Gadget franchise is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the studio is imbuing its long-running klutzy, bionic cop vehicle with more cinematic depth and darkness. A bible and character designs for a new 52 x half-hour series is in the works and will be introduced to international buyers at MIPTV.
April 1, 2008

DIC Entertainment’s Inspector Gadget franchise is turning 25 this year, and to celebrate, the studio is imbuing its long-running klutzy, bionic cop vehicle with more cinematic depth and darkness. A bible and character designs for a new 52 x half-hour series is in the works and will be introduced to international buyers at MIPTV.

The new show moves away from the original’s goofy stretch-and-squash style to combine CGI backgrounds and 2-D animated characters that sport the more angular features made popular by anime. Gadget’s trusty sidekicks Penny and Brain will continue to co-star and minimize his inept detective work, but there will be new villains to unmask besides the infamous Doctor Claw. And DIC CEO and Inspector Gadget co-creator Andy Heyward hints at celebrity voice work being part of the mix.

At press time, Heyward revealed that a major European co-pro partner had come on-board, but DIC plans to announce the partnership in Cannes. He adds that DIC’s Saturday morning block on CBS is a possible first home for the new Gadget spin-off, but that isn’t set in stone at the moment.

The original 2-D animated Inspector Gadget series boasts 86 half hours and airs in 55 countries, including Canada (YTV) and Australia/New Zealand (Cartoon Network) and Toon Disney (India). Over the years, the propery has also given birth to a live-action feature and a CGI special.

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