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Inspector Gadget: The Original Series

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4-DVD Box Set With Tons Of Extras!

The very first 22 episodes of the beloved series Inspector Gadget are now contained in this hilarious, collector-quality box set. Watch as Inspector Gadget takes on the evil Dr. Claw and his henchmen armed with his arsenal of misfiring gadgetry, his brilliant niece Penny and their loyal dog Brain.

In 1983 the lovable bumbling Inspector Gadget (voiced by Get Smart’s Don Adams) first hit the TV airwaves, entertaining and inspiring children across the United States. Since then the show’s popularity has expanded around the world to 55 countries and has been broadcast in 24 different languages!


• "Wowsers" A Retrospective Look At Inspector Gadget With Andy Heyward (DIC Chairman & CEO) and Mike Maliani (DIC Chief Creative Officer)

• Original Art Gallery

• Inspector Gadget Fan Art Contest Winner

Special Features

  • "Wowsers" retrospective featurette with co-creators Andy Heyward and Mike Maliani
  • Original art gallery
  • Inspector Gadget fan art contest winners

Product Details

  • Actors: Don Adams, Holly Berger, Frank Welker, Louis Nye, Andy Goldberg
  • Writers: Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopin, Bruno Bianchi
  • Producers: Andy Heyward, Jean Chalopin, Tetsuo Katayama
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 660 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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  • ASIN: B000EF5N4Y
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,918 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Inspector Gadget: The Original Series" on IMDb

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54 of 58 people found the following review helpful By THE AUTISTIC WEREWOLF on November 5, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was an adult when Inspector Gadget: The Original Series first appeared on the air and I loved the show from the start! I am autistic, I loved plain old animated TV stuff long after most older folk have moved on. I just liked Gadget because, he was different and trying to do good for others in the world despite it all. I like anyone who is different struggling to meet the life's challenges as they come with a smile and an indomitable spirit hence Gadget proved to be my kind of people :).

Gadget was also fun because, he was a technical person but kind of scatter brained like me. Gadget was misunderstood by most people and had only a few close but good friends making him very easy for me to like. Gadget had a good heart always filled with love and hope despite it all and that means something awesome in my book too. Maybe caring about things on TV is an autistic thing if so I do like such nice gentle themed television shows an aweful lot! For me good characters on TV shows are like pleasant friends you visit with for a time. I am not good at the complexity of real social skills so I watch lots of TV study the characters to see what makes them good.

Watching Inspector Gadget: The Original Series is fun, because he brings back so many good memories that are not filled with mean inhumanity or confusion. Buy Inspector Gadget: The Original Series and let him bring back some good memories for you or make some new awesome memories for members of your family.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By wile_e2005 on April 30, 2006
Format: DVD
Updated a bit as of 2012, originally written April 2006
I was glad I got this DVD set. It was a big improvement over the cheap Sterling/UAV Gadget DVDs "The Gadget Files" and "Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas." The first 22 episodes are there, including the original pilot, with Gadget's mustache! Like I did with the Sterling DVDs, it's time to give it my "Gadget Factors..."

The original episodes are there, of course.
There is some cool special features, such as the interview with the show's creators and the original art gallery!
The pilot has its original dialogue (since reruns of this episode had badly-recorded voiceovers explaining Gadget's mustache was a fake.) Plus, the pilot episode has its original opening and closing titles, featuring Gadget's mustache throughout them!

There's some noticable DVNR on some episodes.
A few episodes like "Monster Lake," "Down on the Farm," "The Boat" and "The Haunted Castle" are time-compressed.
And of course, like the other Gadget DVDs, there's the following edits...

The title of an episode is electronically added at the start of most episodes during the beginning of the first scene. When these cartoons originally aired, including their Nickelodeon reruns, they had no episode titles! This probably wasn't really needed.
The original DiC logo featuring Inspector Gadget dotting the "i" was cut. It was replaced with the "Incredible World of DiC" logo on most episodes, though two of the episodes have the famous 1990s "Kid in Bed" DiC logo tacked onto it. This was somewhat unnecessary. However, the original late-70s/early-80s LBS logo is intact on all episodes, which you might remember if you saw this show on Nickelodeon back in the 90s.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Andy. Gillum on March 29, 2007
Format: DVD
You really have to embrace the kid in you to enjoy this wacky series. I had to be in the mood to watch these before I could get into them, something I normally don't have to do with cartoons from my childhood. So yes, these have aged. That said, they're STILL better than %99 of the trash on TV today & deserves to have the rest of the episodes on DVD. The cartoons in this set are:

Disc One

#01. Winter Olympics (1982 pilot, AKA Gadget In Winterland)

#02. Monster Lake

#03. Down On the Farm

#04. Gadget at the Circus

#05. The Amazon

Disc Two

#06. Health Spa

#07. The Boat

#08. Haunted Castle

#09. Race To the Finish

#10. The Ruby

#11. A Star Is Lost

Disc Three

#12. All That Glitters

#13. Movie Set

#14. Amusement Park

#15. Art Heist

#16. Volcano Island

#17. The Invasion

Disc Four

#18. The Infiltration

#19. The Curse of the Pharaoh

#20. M.A.D. Trap

#21. Basic Training

#22. Sleeping Gas
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Gord Wilson VINE VOICE on May 10, 2006
Format: DVD
Like many viewers I've been waiting for the real thing on DVD--and here it is! Don Adams (Get Smart, Tennessee Tuxedo) did a great job on this series. It's a smart, action-packed limited animation cartoon that draws you in. As many reviewers have commented, this is DIC's motherlode. But it's not the only DIC 'toon I'd like to see on DVD. I watched Dennis the Menace every day and there was a great one called Little Shop spun off of Little Shop of Horrors. Also Sabrina from Savage Steve Holland (and where's Eek the Cat from the FOX network?)

I think Shout Factory does a quite good job with their releases that I'm familiar with, especially Home Movies from Cartoon Network's Adult Swim block (except for a video game ad at the beginning that I found inappropriate). Anyone doing cartoons without cable will want to add Inspector Gadget to the daily or weekly mix (play one episode daily or weekly as if it were on a network).

Eventually educational blurbs were added at the end of the later episodes. They were brief spots and well-done, but we already got the message that there's little a hi-tech girl with a brainy dog (Brain) can't do--a theme that would resonate again in Disney's Kim Possible. But Inspector Gadget was so not the drama and all about the comedy. Wowsers!
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