Inspector Gadget 2 (alternatively known as IG2, and credited as just Inspector 2 Gadget at the start credits) is a 2003 Australian-American live-action comedy film, released direct-to-video on VHS and DVD on March 11, 2003. The film is based on the cartoon series created by DiC Entertainment and is a stand-alone sequel to the 1999 film Inspector Gadget. It was filmed in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.
Unlike the first film, the film is more like the original cartoon. Inspector Gadget and Dr. Claw are never referred to as John Brown and Sanford Scolex – their respective civilian names from the first film, though Claw's communicator clearly is labeled "Scolex Industries", indicating that his name is still Sanford Scolex. D. L. Hughley, who reprises his role of the Gadgetmobile, is the only actor from the 1999 film to do so. Also most of the cast is Australian; only six of the cast members are American.
Inspector Gadget (French Stewart) and his Gadgetmobile (voiced by D.L. Hughley) are having problems in their line of work, mostly because of Gadget's overzealous nature. At this time, Dr. Claw (Tony Martin) escapes from prison. Mayor Wilson (Sigrid Thornton) takes this opportunity to create G2 (Elaine Hendrix), a female Gadget-type robot that can function normally. Gadget begins to fall in love with G2.
Claw begins a new plan to steal gold from the United States Treasury. Gadget makes repeated attempts to stop Claw, but is continually foiled by his own bumbling and gadgetry glitches. Gadget's bumbling allows Dr. Claw's men to steal components for Claw's latest scheme and get away with it. Chief Quimby becomes increasingly frustrated and eventually fires Gadget, despite that Gadget had enough evidence from scientists to prove that it wasn't his fault. When Penny realizes that her uncle was fired and asks if there's anything she can do to help, Gadget tells her that she is still too young.
Penny decides to examine the evidence on her own and eventually finds Claw's hideout at an abandoned bowling factory. She infiltrates the hideout, but Claw captures her. At the gala, Gadget gets a job as a limo driver who opens doors for the guests. Inside the gala, Claw activates the laughing gas to keep the people busy as he steals a 50,000-karat ruby, however G2 was immune to the gas. In order to stop the robot, Claw uses a magnet to trap G2. Afterwards, Claw and his minions escape after Gadget fails to recognize him. After G2's failure, Quimby is ordered by Mayor Wilson to deactivate the robot and end the Gadget program.
Gadget goes to the police department to reactivate G2. Brain tells them that Claw has kidnapped Penny and has used the three stolen supplies (ionic fuel cells, a protoid laser, and a ruby) to build a super-weapon. Outside, Claw activates his machine, which was hidden in a truck. The weapon freezes time in Riverton, allowing Claw and his minions to easily rob the Federal Reserve. Both Gadgets manage to avoid the weapon's blast and find Claw and his minions at the Federal Reserve.
At the treasury, Claw orders his minions to attack Gadget and G2 so he can get away. Gadget and G2 decide to switch chips in order to make Gadget work perfectly, leaving G2 to deal with the glitches. Gadget chases after Claw, who is escaping in an ice cream truck, but Claw drops Penny off the truck with explosives attached to her so that Gadget has to go after her instead of stopping Claw. At the bridge, Gadget stops Claw's truck with a puddle of bubble gum. Claw's minions try to escape but get stuck in the smear of bubble gum and are arrested. When Gadget orders Claw to put his hand (and claw) up, Claw gets away in a rocket-like escape pod, proclaiming: "You may have won this round, but I'll get you next time, Gadget!"
The movie ends with both Gadgets being awarded their jobs back, as well as being honored at a ceremony for their heroic actions, by Mayor Wilson.French Stewart as Inspector Gadget
Elaine Hendrix as G2
Tony Martin as Dr. Claw
Caitlin Wachs as Penny
Jeff Bennett as Brain the Dog (voice)
D. L. Hughley as Gadgetmobile (voice)
Mark Mitchell as Chief Quimby
Sigrid Thornton as Mayor Wilson
Bruce Spence as Baxter
Alethea McGrath as Mrs. Quimby (cameo)
Mungo McKay as the Bartender
James Wardlaw as Brick
John Batchelor as McKibble
Nick Lawson as Squint
Mick Roughan as Jungle Bob
Siros Niaros as The Ninja
Brian McDermott as Mr. Morgan
Settings for this film include the Queensland University of Technology Gardens Point Campus, Queensland Parliament House, University of Queensland St Lucia Campus; South Bank Parklands Beach; Toowong Village, Anglican Church Grammar School and the William Jolly Bridge, all in Brisbane, Australia.
On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating 40%, based on 5 reviews. Some reviews were a bit negative, however the film was applauded for staying close to the cartoon series it was based on.