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Inspector Gadget is an animated series co-produced between the United States, Canada, France and Japan. Produced by the companies Nelvana and DiC Entertainment, and distributed by Saban Entertainment, the series broadcast between 1983 and 1986, with a total of 2 seasons and 86 episodes.

Synopsis

Bumbling Inspector Gadget battles the forces of M.A.D. with the aid of the various gadgets he has on his person: pop-up roller skates, extensible arms, a helicopter-hat, etc. Despite the arsenal at his disposal, which is just as likely to misfire as work properly, Gadget never seems to be able to catch Dr. Claw, the mastermind behind M.A.D. Quite often, in fact, any success that Gadget might have is often caused by his niece Penny and her dog, who Gadget consistently fails to recognize as working incognito on the case.


Background

While the series itself was a pre-lay production; various bits of dialogue had been redubbed. The original pilot of the series, recorded with Los Angeles-based voice actors, initially featured Jesse White as Gadget. A second version of the pilot was made with Gary Owens re-dubbing Gadget, using a drastically different heroic baritone vocal performance. When production decided to go another route with Gadget's characterization, the pilot was redubbed a second time with comedian Don Adams as the titular character, who would become the official voice going forward. The pilot would later be reincorporated as an episode of the series, with one line from Gadget and one from Penny being redubbed by Frank Welker and Cree Summer to explain Gadget's mustache as a disguise for the holiday.

Due to the recording of the series being moved to Toronto, Don Francks initially replaced Frank Welker as the voice of Dr. Claw. Francks had recorded around 25-35 episodes as Claw before Welker was called back. Welker redubbed Francks' lines for all but 4 of those episodes, with Francks' original dialogue being audible in episodes 19, 20, 24 and 27, with some of Franck's dialogue also being audible in episode 8.

Cast

Pilot

Image Character Original Version Redub Episodic Version
Version 1 Version 2
Inspector Gadget.jpg Inspector Gadget Jesse White Gary Owens Don Adams Frank Welker
Penny.png Penny Mona Marshall Cree Summer

Main Series

Image Character Original Version Redub
Dr. Claw.jpg Dr. Claw Don Francks Frank Welker

Notes

  • The Gary Owens version of the pilot can be found on the Magna Pacific DVD release in Australia.
  • Despite his voice being dubbed over, Jesse White is still credited in both redubs of the pilot.

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