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Inspector Gadget
(1999)
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Composed and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony

Orchestrated by:
Brad Dechter
Frank Bennett
Don Nemitz
Christopher Klatman

Performed by:
The Hollywood Studio Symphony
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Promotional
(July, 1999)
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Promotional release, available only through soundtrack specialty outlets. It sold initially for about $30.
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Buy it... only if you already suspect that you'd have a high tolerance for that catchy "Go, Gadget, Go!" attitude, so perfectly captured and adapted by John Debney into one of his typically hyperactive parody scores.

Avoid it... if the phrase "Go go Debney score!" confuses more than it entertains.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #418
WRITTEN 7/25/99, REVISED 10/14/07
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Inspector Gadget: (John Debney) Among Walt Disney's Pictures' most disastrous attempts to resurrect an old cartoon into a cash cow, 1999's Inspector Gadget was so heinous that the studio cut many of the scenes shown in the trailers from the finished product. By the time Disney was done cutting the fat from David Kellogg's dismal product, the film ran only an hour and fifteen minutes. And even at that, Inspector Gadget only served to bore children or irritate young adults who still held some fondness for the popular 1980's cartoon. Matthew Broderick's portrayal of John Brown and the evil clone of the Inspector was wooden and Rupert Everett's problem as Mr. Claw was the simple fact that he broke the primary rule of the cartoon by showing his face. The one person who never seems to be bothered by such technicalities of authenticity is composer John Debney, who by 1999 was becoming a regular Disney composer and, more often than not, found himself writing large-scale scores for films of exactly this quality. His enthusiasm for seemingly any project would cause him to launch himself at Inspector Gadget with "Go-go-Debney-score!" attitude. And you can clearly hear it. Debney pours significant energy and creativity into this score, utilizing his full ensemble and a witty collection of percussion to accompany the wretched action on the screen with devilishly immense constructs. His music is heavily rooted in the original "Inspector Gadget" theme, with the score as a whole serving as one of the more satisfying adaptations of a cartoon theme in recent memory. From this theme, Debney adapts significant parody techniques from his just previous My Favorite Martian and replaces the other-worldly electric guitars and other synth effects with a with percussion section meant to represent the many robotic parts of the reconstructed character. You can't go wrong with a little Korngold tribute here and there for the villain, either. The parody elements are far more utilized in this work, with a wider selection of rhythmic devices meant to more overtly convey humor. As a result of this absolute barrage of wild pacing shifts and bizarre instrumental solos, Inspector Gadget is easily a score that could make you pull out your remaining hair.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 61:30
• 1. Main Titles (1:26)
• 2. John Brown Saves the Day (2:41)
• 3. Experimental Foot (1:49)
• 4. Scolex Approaches (3:53)
• 5. Scolex Revealed (1:01)
• 6. Penny Goes to the Hospital (0:46)
• 7. The Operation (0:27)
• 8. Scolex Becomes Claw (1:50)
• 9. Waking up as Gadget (1:10)
• 10. Between Man and Machine (1:15)
• 11. Scolex's Grand Plan (1:24)
• 12. Gadget Suit Revealed (0:50)
• 13. Fun in the Park (0:33)
• 14. Meditation Exercise (1:07)
• 15. New Car/Gadget Takes a Spin (2:39)
• 16. Convict's Chase (1:55)
• 17. Get my Tuxedo (0:57)
• 18. John Brown's Daydream (1:01)
• 19. Tango (2:11)
• 20. Birth of Robo-Gadget (3:24)
• 21. Heroic Mission (3:41)
• 22. Stealing the Foot (1:24)
• 23. Lights Out for Gadget (2:28)
• 24. Searching for Gadget (0:25)
• 25. Robo-Gadget Appears (1:01)
• 26. Gadget Re-Born (2:03)
• 27. Rocket Ride (3:13)
• 28. Battle on the Bridge (2:03)
• 29. Penny Sneaks In/Gadget Battles Robo (2:41)
• 30. Gadget Saves Brenda (4:14)
• 31. The Kiss/Scolex Captured (1:18)
• 32. Happy Ending (1:22)
• 33. Swingin' Gadget (0:57)
• 34. Gadget Theme Song (1:10)

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