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  • At the end of the English title sequence, when the letters "Inspector" come down over "Gadget" with the Inspector forming the "I", you may notice that "Inspector" is indented slightly, which seems odd - most titles are left-justified or centered. In the French version, the indentation is gone because of the extra letter in the different spelling - "Inspecteur".
  • In the opening credits, the scene of the gadgetmobile transforming is from either episode 1-3 "The Farm" or 1-6 "Health Spa".
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  • In the end credits, the scene of Chief Quimby in the garbage can and Gadget falling backwards past a railing are from the episode 1-7 "The Boat". The scene of the seagull picking at Gadget in the water is possibly from a deleted scene from this episode.
  • The urban legend that Dr. Claw and Chief Quimby are the same person comes from the closing credits, in which Dr. Claw's voice track accompanies a shot of Chief Quimby. In the very different original credits from "Gadget in Winterland" (the pilot), Gadget caught up to Dr. Claw only to reveal that his foe had once again escaped. The "I'll get you..." line made perfect sense in context, but led to some misunderstandings when the series' "standard" credits sequence was instituted.
  • The original pilot was previewed as a special on Saturday December 4, 1982 on all five Field Communications stations: WFLD-TV Chicago, KBHK-TV San Francisco, WKBD-TV Detroit, WLVI-TV Boston, and WKBS-TV Philadelphia. The reworked version was syndicated as the 65th and final episode of season 1.
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  • Breakthrough Hit: DiC Entertainment's first animated seriesnote  created specifically for an international audiencenote . and perhaps its most well-known.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Don Adams of Get Smart starring as Inspector Gadget.
  • Creator Cameo: In "The Japanese Connection" some of the background characters were designed after TMS animators.
  • Development Hell: A Darker and Edgier Continuity Reboot was planned to premiere in 2009, but nothing has come of it except for some concept art (though this could have been attributed to Cookie Jar buying and folding DIC Entertainment in 2008. A 2015 revival eventually came, but it was hardly Darker and Edgier.
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  • Executive Meddling: In the pilot episode, "Winter Olympics", Inspector Gadget had a mustache. DiC Entertainment had to remove the mustache for the rest of the series after MGM threatened to sue them for Gadget looking too much like Inspector Clouseau. In later airings of the pilot, a scene was redubbed explaining that Gadget's mustache was fake (with Frank Welker voicing Gadget's line.)
  • Fake Brit: Gadget in the pilot. This was dubbed over with Don Adams' rendition in later airings.
  • Fandom Nod: The direct-to-video film "Inspector Gadget's Last Case" ended with Gadget mistaking Chief Quimby for a disguised Dr. Claw, a reference to many fans believing that Quimby and Claw were one and the same.
  • International Coproduction: Between DIC Entertainment in both the USA and France, Field Communications of Chicagonote , Nelvana in Canada, TMS Entertainment in Japan and Wang Film Productions (credited as Cuckoo's Nest) in Taiwan during the first season.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: DVD releases of the show were piecemeal from the dawn of the medium until 2013, when box sets of the entire series were released, with accompanying digital purchases made available at that time. The original pilot featuring Jesse White as Gadget is considered Lost Media.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • The first version of the pilot had Jesse White voicing Gadget, but is currently considered lost. Then he was voiced by Gary Owens in the second version. Finally, Don Adams played the role in the third and final version of the pilot.
    • Maurice LaMarche played Gadget in Gadget and the Gadgetinis and the animated direct-to-video films Inspector Gadget's Last Case and Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever. He also filled in for Don Adams on occasion in the original show's second season when Adams couldn't do certain lines just right, and provided Gadget's singing voice in the 1992 Christmas special.
    • In the first season, whenever Frank Welker wasn't available, Dr. Claw was voiced by Don Francks (Cree Summer's dad). In the second season, someone else took over voicing Dr. Claw, though Frank Welker still remained on board as Brain and various incidental voices.
    • Brian Drummond provided Dr. Claw's voice in Gadget and the Gadgetinis and the DTV movies Inspector Gadget's Last Case and Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever.
    • In the pilot, Penny was voiced by Mona Marshall. In the second season, Holly Berger took over the role from Cree Summer.
      • She was also played by Erica Horn in the 1992 Christmas special and by Tegan Moss in Gadget and the Gadgetinis and the DTV movies "Inspector Gadget's Last Case" and "Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever".
    • Lee Tockar provided Brain's vocal effects in his guest appearance on Gadget and the Gadgetinis as well as the two animated DTV films "Inspector Gadget's Last Case" and "Inspector Gadget's Biggest Caper Ever".
    • Dan Hennessey voiced the Chief in the first season. The second season had Maurice LaMarche take up the role. Prior to both of their performances, Chief Quimby was voiced by John Stephenson in the original pilot.
  • Real-Life Relative: Dr. Claw was voiced in some episodes by Don Francks who's the father of Cree Summer...Penny's voice actress. Luke, I Am Your Father, indeed
  • Recycled Script
  • Star-Making Role: For Cree Summer.
  • Talking to Himself: Frank Welker plays Dr. Claw, MAD Cat, and Brain. (This is why Dr. Claw sounds just like Soundwave from The Transformers; in fact, in about four G1 episodes and Revenge of the Fallen, the vocoder effect fails, and he really sounds like Dr. Claw.)
  • Technology Marches On: Modern viewers raised on cellphones, laptops and wireless internet may or may not see what's so special about Penny's computer book or communicator watch.
    • In the Viper Comics adaptation, released nearly three decades after the series premiered, Penny even has an iPad in lieu of her computer book.
    • Heck, there are more of those ways that the show predicted the future in this Cracked link here.
  • The Abridged Series: Has a short but sweet relatively good one here.
  • What Could Have Been: The alleged Darker and Edgier Continuity Reboot that's been stuck in Development Hell. It would have had Gadget in a more Animesque style and apparently fighting ghosts.
    • According to Maurice Lamarche in this episode of Talkin Toons With Rob Paulsen, Jim Carrey auditioned for the voice of Corporal Capeman.
    • The show itself nearly didn't happen- DiC and TMS were planning another series based on Lupin III called Lupin VIII (centered around one of Lupin's descendants), but the Leblanc estate killed the show while it was in production. Since both firms had invested a ton of money in the project that wasn't gonna happen, they needed to recoup the costs quickly- and Inspector Gadget was born. note 
  • The Wiki Rule: Gadgetpedia, the Inspector Gadget Wiki.

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