Inspector Gadget

(ended 1986)
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  • Inspector Gadget was a cartoon parody of the 1960's television spy parody, Get Smart. Don Adams played the leads in both shows. There are similarities between the two shows. Both agents only had lots of gadgets or devices that they never could use correctly. Both worked for a chief that they invariably infuriated. And of course, both Gadget and Smart were lovable idiots who always won in the end, usually by accident or by someone else's help. Created by DIC Entertainment, this show was voiced in Canada and Los Angeles, drawn in Korea, edited in Los Angeles and distributed by DIC International. First produced as a 1/2 hour pilot in 1983, it was picked up and produced until 1986 for TV. Years later, Inspector Gadget is seen in 55 countries in 24 languages. Spinoffs: Gadget Boy and Heather, Gadget Boy's Adventures in History, Inspector Gadget's Field Trip and Gadget and the Gadgetinis. A liveaction theatrical movie based on the cartoon was released in 1999, as well as a liveaction direct-to-video sequel in 2003.moreless

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  • S 2 : Ep 42

    M.A.D. Academy

    Aired 11/8/83

  • S 2 : Ep 36

    Double Agent

    Aired 10/31/83

  • S 2 : Ep 32

    Clear Case

    Aired 10/25/83

  • S 2 : Ep 30

    Japanese Connection

    Aired 10/21/83

  • S 2 : Ep 27

    Photo Safari (Black Devil)

    Aired 10/18/83

  • Cast & Crew
  • Frank Welker

    voice of Brain / Dr. Claw / Mad Cat (most episodes)

  • Maurice LaMarche

    voice of Chief Quimby (1985-1986)

  • Cree Summer

    voice of Penny (1983-1985)

  • Don Francks

    Additional Voices

  • Don Adams

    voice of Inspector Gadget

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (70)

    • Gadget: (after Brain has caused him to fall to the ground) And last, but not least, never bring your dog to the ski slopes!

    • Gadget: I need anti-freeze.

    • Gadget: Either that fish has a driver's license, or I'm under water.

    • Penny: Scotland is really beautiful! Gadget: It sure is, Penny. This is where they make Scotch tape, you know!

    • Gadget: Am I right? Inspector Gadget is always right. Well, except for that time in Tangiers and there was that mess in Austria. I was almost right. Would you believe close. How about half right? Most of the time? No? Well...

    • Gadget: (as he begins to take a nap, counting sheep) One, two, three...(MAD agents start throwing sheep in the room)...four, five, convenient, this place has everything.

    • Chief Quimby: Gadget remember, if he builds an army of indestructible robots, the entire world is in danger.
      Gadget: Don't worry chief, just leave the world in my hands. (misses the edge of the door and falls out of the plane)

    • Madame: You didn't eat all your salad?
      Gadget: I was just tossing it.

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    Notes (45)

    • Only episode where Penny is voiced by Mona Marshall rather than Cree Summer, who would voice the character beginning with the next episode until the end of the first season.

    • Although this episode is titled "Winter Olympics" in the 2006 box set, it had always been identified as "Gadgets In Winterland" up until that point.

    • This episode is the only one in the entire series to sport a green background on the show's title. Throughout the rest of the series, the show's title is shown on an orange background.

    • In some areas of the U.S., "Inspector Gadget" aired on a Monday through Friday basis in syndication, rather than being syndicated on Saturdays (and in some areas, it was broadcast six days a week). In many areas, "Monster Lake" was the first episode aired; it was the first broadcast on my local station. (This is appropriate considering how tacky and wildly out-of-pattern "Gadget in Winterland" was.) According to some web sites, "Monster Lake" first aired on Monday, Sept. 5, 1983 (presumably only on those stations syndicating the program on a Monday-Friday basis).

    • This is the first Inspector Gadget episode to be animated in Taiwan by Wang Film Productions/Cuckoo's Nest Productions. This and eleven other first-season episodes that were animated in Taiwan have a more softer-outline look and off-model character designs, compared to the other first-season episodes animated primarily in Japan (mostly by Tokyo Movie Shinsha.)

    • Just after Penny is caught snooping around the Ringmaster's trailer, Mad Cat's nose goes from gray to dark black for a few seconds then back to gray again.

    • Note that the explosive milk bottle used in this episode is later seen in the James Bond film The Living Daylights

    • This episode was released to VHS videotape by Golden Book Video in 1989.

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    Trivia (125)

    • This is the only time Gadget wears a moustache.

    • Throughout this episode, Inspector Gadget sports a big black moustache. It is even seen in the opening and closing credits! After this episode, once the project was greenlighted, due to a call from MGM to DiC threatening to sue due to a slight resemblance to Inspector Closeau, Gadget's moustache was never seen again, and the opening and closing sequences were altered/remade to remove the moustache.

    • Penny never uses her familiar computer book in this episode. Though she does use a large computer that she somehow builds out of thin air.

    • The scene with Penny and Brain running up to Chief Quimby and Gadget at the end, along with the part with the Gadgetmobile splashing into the water are also used in the closing credits.

    • This episode has slightly higher-pitched end credits than the other first season episodes. This can be spotted on the "Inspector Gadget: The Original Series" DVD set.

    • Brain's disguises: jogger, gas station pump and hay bale

    • Inspector Gadget broke the law in this episode. Though the gas pump Gadget uses is a fake (Brain in disguise), Gadget doesn't know that, thinks he fills the tank and leaves without paying.

    • It is established in this episode that Metro City is the home of Inspector Gadget.

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    Allusions (33)

    • Doctor Claw: n/a
      Throughout the whole serie we never get to see the villian's, Dr. Claw's, face. We only see his hands patting his pet cat. This is exactly how the face of the Bond villian Ernst Stavro Blofeld was hidden.

    • The Monster: The episode is all about the monster in the lake but they never once mention it by its name: The Loch Ness Monster.

    • Three of Dr. Claw's MAD Agents don monster disguises. One of the agents dons fangs and a cape and tuxedo to pose as a vampire. Another agent wears a wolf mask and paws. And yet another is dressed like Frankenstein's monster. This is a reference to the three classic Universal monster films, Frankenstein (1931), Dracula (1931), and The Wolfman (1941).

    • The name of the racing competition Metropolis 500 is an allusion to the racing competition Indianapolis 500 which is annually held on Memorial Day at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

    • India and Rubies
      Rubies have a long tradition of being mined and worn in Indian society. They are considered to be the precious stone that represents the nation.

    • The two MAD agents that swipe the Sarcophagus are dressed up as Anubis, the jackal-headed God. He was originally the Lord of the Dead before becoming an Embalmer, and is popular with the furry fandom.

    • The episode's title.: n/a
      This episode's title is a spoof of the James Bond movie title 'Goldfinger'

    • The scene with the clock tower being destroyed also seems to be a reference to an old Sesame Street News Flash segment with Kermit the Frog about "Hickory Dickory Dock," where a horse charges through a grandfather clock, wrecking it in the process.

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  • Fan Reviews (32)
  • From the 80s???

    By anastasia1243, Feb 08, 2014

  • Back on TV!

    By MarcelFin, Jul 25, 2013

  • Cool!

    By xxxxxxxxx, Dec 07, 2012

  • Watched in reruns.

    By gracielove, Nov 10, 2012

  • One of my favorite 90s cartoons

    By EmberDP, Sep 07, 2012