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You can help by adding to it. The three developed the project for DIC Audiovisuel. Chalopin, who at the time owned the DIC Audiovisuel studio, helped develop the format and concept for the rest of the episodes together with Bruno Bianchi, who designed the main characters and served as supervising director.
Penny: "You know, uncle, I really like your new mustache. When he uses the phrase "go-go gadget", various "useful bionic gadgets" are activated and emerge from underneath his coat and hat. The original television series gave no background for him.
In this version, Gadget was conceived as a bionic child who has the mind of an adult detective. His bionic enhancements are creations of Myron Dabble, an inventor who lives in Switzerland. The enhancements were intended to grant him status as a "super sleuth".
His body has been upgraded, but his intellect has received no equivalent enhancements. He habitually blunders his way through cases, in a style similar to Inspector Clouseau. He constantly faces obstacles and perils, but manages to survive by either his own good luck or covert help by Penny and Brain. Penny is a master of investigation and technology.
Her main technological devices are a computer in the form of a book, and a wristwatch that is actually a device with multiple uses. She foils the plans of M. Due to the secrecy of her activities, she never receives credit for them and only her dog is aware of them. Brain has human-level intellect and is bipedal. Brain is often tasked with keeping Inspector Gadget safe and uses various disguises. Claw, the leader of the organization.
Claw serves mostly as an unseen character. Typically only his hands and arms are visible. His hands are covered by gauntlets.
Claw is depicted sitting in front of a computer terminal , from where he monitors the developments of his various schemes. His headquarters are located at an old castle. These types of characters are part man, and part machine. The implication is that the parents have either disappeared or are deceased. Like many child characters from "classic cartoons", Penny is an orphan. Inspector Gadget is her legal guardian. There is no resemblance in the physical features of Inspector Gadget and Penny.
Penny also differs from Inspector Gadget in behavior and in her superior competence. He disposes clearly-labeled explosive devices by "carelessly tossing" them away. The editors view Penny as having no choice in actually ignoring the warnings. It is one of several works in this genre to be inspired by the concept of the cyborg, as defined in the s by electronic engineers Manfred Clynes and Nathan S. The term referred to organisms with cybernetic enhancements which would be capable of surviving in extraterrestrial environments.
The idea was that advancements in engineering would enable human functions to be replaced with mechanical parts and computer-controlled systems.
He considers the original Inspector Gadget television series to be the first production of DIC Entertainment intended for American television and the most famous creation of this production company.
He states that the series set the company on the course that it would follow for the next three decades but he considers most of its subsequent series to be less successful. It managed to effectively blend elements of action fiction and comedy , in a manner that was unusual for the s. A total of 86 episodes were produced. In part, its success was fueled by good publicity. In the United States, the series received unusually extensive press coverage for a work of television animation.
The attention of the press was attracted by the casting of Don Adams in the title role. He is usually unable to perceive danger. Their attempts to get rid of Inspector Gadget are as flawed as those of Boris Badenov to get rid of his own opponents. Despite being a pre-teen girl, she is the one actually conducting investigations and solving cases. She was often kidnapped, but this did not reduce the importance of the character to the series.
Perlmutter considers Penny to be an unusually resourceful and intelligent female character, by the standards of the s. Perlmutter considers this element of the series to have anticipated real-life technological advancements in these fields. Claw is seemingly an effective administrator. Claw himself is the most menacing figure among them. At the end of episodes, Dr.
Chief Quimby informs Inspector Gadget about his assignments through self-destructing paper messages. Inevitably, the messages blow up the Chief himself.
The explosions are played for laughs. The geographic location of each episode differed, however, and provided for some variety in the series. The series effectively provided viewers with both comedic and dramatic moments. Despite the censorship standards for American animated series in effect during the s and s, the series also included elements of slapstick comedy.
This was nearly forbidden at the time, but the censorship was less strict for syndication series and the studio got away with it. Multiple new series were produced in Bruno Bianchi was the Supervising Director.
The pilot episode, "Winter Olympics" a. The animation and post-production was generally done at K. Voice cast[ edit ] The role of Inspector Gadget went through two different voice actors for the pilot episode before Don Adams was cast. In the first version of the pilot episode, the voice of Inspector Gadget was provided by Jesse White.
A fourth version of the pilot was made for broadcast with Frank Welker re-recording one line as Inspector Gadget to explain the mustache. Claw, M. Cat, and Brain were voiced by Frank Welker. Don Francks initially replaced Welker as Dr. Claw for 25 episodes following the pilot before Welker was called in to replace him for those episodes. Sometimes Francks would portray a secondary M.
Chief Quimby was voiced by John Stephenson in the original pilot, and later by Dan Hennessey for the remainder of the first season. Even at festivals or dances in the cartoon, the Gadget theme was often played. Levy also had a range of other musical cues for each character, as well as cues for the various moods of the scenes. Penny and Brain each had several different versions of their respective musical themes. The theme song was sampled in the song " The Show " by Doug E.
The series was a "global hit" and its theme song became "iconic". However, she notes that copies of the original television soundtrack had become extremely rare by
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