Mike / November 21st, 2011
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November 21, 2011 at 12:26 am
Dude, awesome. This is, without a doubt, my favorite childhood cartoon. Second would be TMNT. Few things compare to the ridiculous character of Inspector Gadget. Great work James, keep it up!
November 21, 2011 at 12:41 am
MAD stands for “Mean And Dirty” according to my back-in-the-day Inspector Gadget book. If you want me to get a screenshot let me know.
November 21, 2011 at 12:42 am
Dr. Claw is a pretty bad ass villain. I remember when I was a kid I would give myself sore throats imitating him.
November 21, 2011 at 12:43 am
I pride myself on my ability to mimic Dr. Claw’s voice.
November 21, 2011 at 12:50 am
i have no idea wot yur talkin about @darkssvegita4
November 21, 2011 at 1:00 am
thank you for everything
November 21, 2011 at 1:46 am
You know this is fucking weird because I grew up in the 90′s & saw this shit on Nickelodeon. Mind = blown that we both grew up w/ it. ILL GET YOU NEXT TIME NERD– NEXT TIME!!!
November 21, 2011 at 1:55 am
@atari2600a Nerd time??Well,If you look at it nerds don’t can’t get along with no on unless it’s from another nerd.It’s bad socialism I say!
November 21, 2011 at 1:58 am
@railroad_on_fire None of what you just said made any sense & I’m pretty sure a few of my brain cells have committed seppuku.
November 21, 2011 at 2:05 am
@atari2600a That’s because my brain cells is being my microwave by the computer as I’m typing this Ataru kun
November 21, 2011 at 1:52 am
I’d love to see you do M.A.S.K. next time. That was one of my favorites as a kid and I just got the DVD and have been watching them again.
November 21, 2011 at 2:03 am
The choice for next series to review is obvious, since you mentioned it in this very video: Heathcliff and The Catillac Cats!
November 21, 2011 at 2:15 am
How about Count Duckula?? used to come on before or after inspector gadget.
November 21, 2011 at 2:22 am
I forgot how surrealistic and absurd this show was.
November 21, 2011 at 2:37 am
How about Count/Graf Duckula ( I watched the German version) ? Or Scooby-Doo?
November 21, 2011 at 3:01 am
Frank Welker also did the voice for Soundwave in the G! Transformers. He used the same voice as the Dr. Claw voice, but it was run through a vocoder. There are some episodes of Transformers (“Roll For It”, for example) where someone forgot to add the vocoder during one line, and it’s the exact same voice as Dr. Claw.
November 21, 2011 at 3:44 am
I always wondered during the ending credits you see the Chief hide in a safe then it lights up instead of blowing up and for some reason you you see his skeleton like its an x-ray. What is that supposed to me?
November 21, 2011 at 3:48 am
I always loved watching this show when I was a child because I loved all the neat gadgets and technology they had in them. Unfortunately this show usually aired in the morning around the time I had to go wait for the bus to school. I could catch the first 15 minutes of the show and then it was off to the bus stop.
Of course, this made sick days much more fun. Missing school meant I actually got to catch the whole thing as well as the other cartoons I was missing in the mornings. The only other time I ever got to watch full episodes is when they showed it on the weekends, although if I remember right they eventually moved the time slot to the afternoons a few years later. Its been over twenty something years since then though so my memory is a big foggy… If only DVR had existed in the 80′s. Sure there were VCRs, but the one my family had could only record one set time before you had to reset it, not to mention that my dad wasnt too keen on me messing with it.
November 21, 2011 at 3:58 am
Clearly Dr. Claw was actually The Chief doing a double cross on Gadget. Think of all the crap Gadget put The Chief through. It just makes sense that Claw’s hatred comes from The Chief’s relations with Gadget.
November 21, 2011 at 4:43 am
@JacobGrantz I had that thought too back in the day… I mean you can only be blown up so many times before it starts to really piss you off. Not only that but it happens so often that you have to wonder if gadget does it purposely but tries to play it off from clumsiness… I mean no one is that damn clumsy.
November 21, 2011 at 5:21 am
gah seeing those credits still brings up the feeling of ‘nooo the shows over’
November 21, 2011 at 5:25 am
I loved Dr. Claw.
I always believed that he was also a cyborg like Gadget, but was connected to computer systems and was more abstract in his abilities than Gadget’s straightforward uses and that his face and body were probably barely human at all anymore due to the cybernetic alterations and too grotesque to show on TV.
November 21, 2011 at 6:20 am
I’d love to hear your thoughts on The Charlie Brown & Snoopy Show or Garfield & Friends. Of course these are only requests, take them as you will.
November 21, 2011 at 7:31 am
Actually, I think Claw with the cat and not seeing his face is a rip-off of James Bond’s Blofeld.
And, in the German dubbed version, the intro had lyrics! I don’t know if this was also true for the English language version?
November 21, 2011 at 8:22 am
Everyone feels the same about Claw’s face, but I’m afraid to say it is absolutely canon, because it’s consistent in Action figures, the SNES game, and more recently even the iPod game. But you’re right it didn’t feel right when it was first revealed, because that puppet IS WRONG! It only has one metal glove, while Dr. Claw has both! It feels like whoever designed it had never seen an Inspector Gadget episode passed the opening.
November 21, 2011 at 9:06 am
Although Frank Welker is mostly known for doing voice “effects” (like animal voices) one of his more ordinary voices carries on to this day as he has been the voice of Fred on Scooby Doo since the show started back in the day.
November 21, 2011 at 9:10 am
ive got it madcat is a secret gadget agent!
November 21, 2011 at 9:12 am
dont know why but this reminded me of a kids show called dizzy heights hotel. it scared the crap outta me as a kid.
November 21, 2011 at 9:43 am
I still stand behind my comment I said earlier. I remember being a kid and watching this, but not really enjoying it that much. I wouldn’t change the channel because a cartoon was a cartoon, but I wouldn’t go look in the TV guide to see when the next episode aired. I liked my heroes more or less capable and competent. If there was anybody I cheered for it was Brain and Penny, NOT Gadget. I ESPECIALLY hated that stupid sidekick Corporal Capeman or whatever his name was. He didn’t add ANYTHING to the show. Just another action figure to the toyline.
November 21, 2011 at 12:10 pm
@DonSkiver Actually, I don’t think they ever did a Caporal Capeman Action Figure, but I agree with everything you said, because it’s true: Capey is totally useless and uninspired, Penny and Brain are the heroes, and Gadget is just the comic relef… Then if you saying you didn’t liked it, fine, it’s your opinion… I LOVED IT!
November 21, 2011 at 10:07 am
They should make “Inspector Gadget – The Smart Edition” showing him as someone smart and badass rather than a complete idiot!
November 21, 2011 at 3:34 pm
Oh come on, the fun of the show relies heavily on gadget being an idiot. I mean, if Gadget was smart, there wouldn’t be much of a need for Penny and Brain.@edvance1030
November 21, 2011 at 5:47 pm
@Holyrapid@edvance1030 then Penny would be the idiot. That could be interesting
November 21, 2011 at 10:24 am
Great dual episodes. It’s been a long time since I checked out that show. I’m surprised you didn’t mention gadget’s appearance in the menu system for Super Mario’s super show, a video you did some time ago. One series I’d love you to try and grab and look at would be either M.A.S.K. or the old Mr. T. and friends. Or hell, the old Spaghetti and Meatballs show with Wolfman Jack. Owooooooooooo. I miss that guy so much.
November 21, 2011 at 12:01 pm
New Board James on Thanksgiving!
November 21, 2011 at 2:47 pm
@JamesAVGN Oh I hope it is a themed one that totally goes with the thanksgiving festivities. Did they ever make a game where you try to cram a plastic turkey full of rubber gamepiece giblets before the pop up timer pops and all the giblets explode out into floormess? Cause THAT would be good times.
November 21, 2011 at 5:46 pm
@sterling.treadwell Actually no, nothing themed, but just figured it would be good holiday entertainment.
November 21, 2011 at 11:29 pm
@JamesAVGN Kool, It’ll likely still be a total hoot. Though how do you find time to do all these with movie production in full swing?! Do you sleep 4 hours a night and get routine coffee enemas? Sheez. Yer a dynamo holmes.
November 21, 2011 at 4:18 pm
@JamesAVGN Can’t wait, love Board James!
So I take that you’re planning to review more nostalgic tv-shows? Really hope you do, these videos are great both for your great review and for the nostalgia factor.
November 21, 2011 at 12:06 pm
It is very informative.
Yeah, Corporal Capeman was annoying.
November 21, 2011 at 1:05 pm
This was really nice to see. I used to LOVE Inspector Gadget as a kid. The thing is, I remember “vaguely” watching it way before I ever saw it on Nickelodeon. I can’t remember what station it was, though. Ironically, though, I was a big fan of Get Smart too. I saw that in the 80s too.
If you do another “nostalgia” trip, how about Heathcliffe and the Cadillac Cats or maybe Count Duckula (if you were a fan of it).
November 21, 2011 at 1:07 pm
There is at least one episode of “The Real Ghostbusters” where someone whistles the “Inspector Gadget” theme.
November 21, 2011 at 2:01 pm
Would have been awesome if you did a rundown of a couple of memorable episodes like you did with Thundercats.
November 21, 2011 at 2:56 pm
you should do courage the cowardly dog or ed edd n eddy
November 21, 2011 at 3:30 pm
please answer: would you watch a avgn parade called pvgn?
would you watch it even knowing that it was done by a kid?
November 21, 2011 at 3:36 pm
Very nice review, James! I always loved the series!
Now please make a NERD-episode with all the shitty Inspector Gadget games!
November 21, 2011 at 4:34 pm
@curlyjoe That would be epic Yes, James, please
November 21, 2011 at 3:38 pm
Awesome James thanks! Hey james check out my funny TMNT music video give it a shot! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDfup21KdT8
November 21, 2011 at 3:45 pm
WOOO MORE REVIEWS!
Move the glow
move the golw around my butthole to make me shit rainbows and piss ponies
I always thought it was odd how Dr Claw sounded like he was voiced by someone other than Frank Welker in some episodes, while Brain still sounded the same.
Well, Brain makes dog noises most of the time, so it makes sense that they could reuse the same clips over and over even when the voice actor wasn’t available.
I remember this cartoon when I was a kid and my dad always like to sing the theme song.
Slimer and Peter both whistle the Gadget theme in The Real Ghostbusters in a couple episodes. As a kid, that blew me away, not understanding how the legalities of things work, but now I think that’d be amazing. Kind of like how Dexter from Dexter’s lab can be seen in the Powerpuff Girls’ classroom on occasion.
you didn’t make fun of the moral at the end
You do a excellent job explaining everything that needs to be mentioned in you’re reviews. After watching that, it makes me want to watch more “Inspector Gadget”.
Ofcourse you would release it while I’m at work 4 in the morning..
He missed the ‘life lesson’ at the end, 80′s cartoons used to have those.
Meh, I liked the show when I was a young lad but now that i look back on it, it isn’t all that great. I mean it’s the same crap every episode. The Chief assigns Gadget a mission, the message blows up in the chiefs face, Gadget goes after his dog thinking he’s the criminal and all the while Penny solves the crime and Gadget get’s the credit.
Lather rinse repeat, add nauseoum.
The face of Dr. Claw was always something I wanted to see. Like many, I used to imagine that he had a cat-like face. When I eventually discovered the doll and the video game years later, it was not what I expected.
Still, I liked the look of it, and in a way it’s kind of like that joke when someone with a big and menacing voice doesn’t look as big and meancing as was believed. It reminds me of an old Hanna-Barbera cartoon called “Astro and the Space-Mutts” where this “Darth Vader” villain has this evil, booming voice but turns out to be a puny shrimp XD
Takes. Me. Back!
November 21, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Thanx for the nostalgia there James, because of watching your vid I’ve spent all morning looking up other 80s cartoons made by DIC on wiki and watching their intros on YouTube, I never knew they made so many of my favourites from my childhood, great gadget review BTW, keep em coming.
Dr. Claw=Team rocket
Game Reviews Pls =)
Like this if you watched an episode on Netflix right after watching this video.
Stop starving us from game reviews
I like how you try to make sense out of plot details and create a continuity even though there really isn’t any on this show. When I was a lil kid watching this I didn’t know even know what exactly was meant by having a plot. All I cared about was seeing Gadget beat Claw and his, now cheesy, jokes.
I’m surprised there was no talk of the SNES game! …Possible AVGN episode…? Don’t know if the game is that awful though or not… But there is video games based off the show!…
Thank you for part 2! It made me laugh again a few times and sink into nostalgia! But what I’m really surprised about is this Heathcliff crossover reference. I never knew that! I have to check out my DVD box even more.
November 21, 2011 at 4:13 pm
Yes ! I love him too ! Did you know that Inspector gadget is French ? Did you listen the French intro ? And if you search on internet, you will see a drawing from the creator, Bruno Bianchi, of Dr Gang… Hum… sorry… Dr Claw. <Spoil> Okay, don’t search, it’s here : http://www.planete-jeunesse.com/images/0031/Gadget_DrGang.jpg The translate of the text is : “This is like Bruno Bianchi imagine Dr Claw ! A mutant who look like a frog. But the doctor Claw can change into some other shape. He sometime a lady, an animal or a robot. He change every time he want as his fantasy, or, better, like the Bruno Bianchi’s one… Or you own.” </Spoil>
November 21, 2011 at 5:08 pm
I wonder why Dr. Claw never show his face and his whole body?
November 21, 2011 at 5:15 pm
What a great review! Once again James shows some talent and reviews something awesome from the past. This time it’s something that doesn’t suck ass! Go go gadget arms!
November 21, 2011 at 5:35 pm
for some reason this new videos from springbard dont work on my PC, i always have to go to blip, but blip is pretty cool and does work fine, so its ok.
i just dont understand why those springboard videos do not work, the older avgn videos on cinemassecre are uploadet to blip and they work fine.
November 21, 2011 at 6:02 pm
Do The Real Ghostbusters!!!
November 21, 2011 at 6:03 pm
I completely agree do the real ghostbusters!! @TrevorBuresh
November 21, 2011 at 7:29 pm
My tribute to you james!
November 21, 2011 at 7:35 pm
I’d love to see Sasha baron cohen play the inspector.
November 21, 2011 at 7:42 pm
Ya know what id love to see? an Inspector Gadget / Thundercats crossover. Imagine Snarf wrestling Madcat.
November 21, 2011 at 7:47 pm
Well yes sometimes gadget was prety weird but we all remember him for those funny momends!
November 21, 2011 at 8:03 pm
yes plz james.
November 21, 2011 at 8:45 pm
Now AVGN just needs to review the game.
November 21, 2011 at 10:15 pm
SWEET! The site works in Google Chrome again
November 21, 2011 at 10:18 pm
I also used to think Dr. Claw’s face had to be cat-like because of the MAD logo.
So Dr. Claw was Dracula’s former castle? Jonathan Harker sure had the most interesting clients.
I think it was common in old funny cartoons to break the fourth wall once in a while, I remember thinking it was weird when it happened
Excellent review! very in depth.
Can’t wait for the new Board James’ episode
November 21, 2011 at 10:26 pm
November 21, 2011 at 10:30 pm
Dr. Claw was obviously based on Ernst Stavro Blofeld the James Bond villain…sure we see his face in the 4th James Bond movie “You Only Live Twice” but up until then all we see is basically a pair of hands petting a cat.
November 22, 2011 at 12:39 am
Why was he called Dr. Claw if he didn’t have a claw?
November 22, 2011 at 5:57 am
@Will’Wolf’Snyder The Doctor, maybe?
November 22, 2011 at 10:17 am
Another Cartoon series? Transformers! Has to be!
November 22, 2011 at 11:14 am
James: “Dr. Claws whole goal in life is to take over the world”
M. Bison: “Of course!”
Since James didn’t make that joke, I did
November 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm
@DiazDag M. Bison: Yes! Yes!
November 22, 2011 at 4:31 pm
Challenge of the Gobots, Transformers, Belle & Sebastian, Scooby Doo, Mysterious Cities of Gold, Voltron, Robotech, Starcom, Robotech, Centurions, Bionic Six, Bravestarr, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. I hope that’s enough for you!
November 22, 2011 at 5:06 pm
ahahahaha the painting of dr. claw on the henchmen’s wall is just of his arm
November 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm
Hey! You didn’t mention the british inspector gadget with the moustash from the pilot episode. That would have been so cool if they used him instead of the gadget we got.
November 22, 2011 at 11:13 pm
Maybe it’s not just coincidence that Dr. Claw sort of sounds like and is almost an anagram of Dracula?
November 23, 2011 at 2:34 am
…Neither of those things are true. Especially not for the Lugosi Dracula..which everyone knows is the only real one. @jstolle
November 23, 2011 at 3:00 am
Not the character’s voices–I mean if you say Dr. Claw out loud, it sounds vaguely like Dracula @JoshSilvis
November 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm
Do Rambo Jaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaameeessss !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
As I said in part 1, I used to loved the cartoon since I was a kid when it was on channel 5 during the afternoons. In addition to the show, Doug E Fresh & Slick Rick also did a song called “The Show” where they a few bars of the theme song, but it sounds like a variation of the “Inspector Gadget” theme. I remember the 1999 live action version with Matthew Broderick and it was good, the second one was bad, it had French Stewart, but no Matthew Broderick. The second film was godawful, stick with the first film.
November 23, 2011 at 2:01 am
Please do Animaniacs next!
BTW, great review!
November 27, 2011 at 4:35 pm
@WB1442 Animaniacs is kind of Doug’s thing. He even interviewed a lot of the cast once.
November 28, 2011 at 1:12 am
@Goobian I know but it would be interesting if James was familiar with the show at the age he was at when the show started…
November 23, 2011 at 2:16 am
Do The Real Ghostbusters next
November 23, 2011 at 8:24 am
So what next, gonna cover the all different My Little Pony generations maybe?
November 27, 2011 at 2:50 am
@ChrisDarkheart Nah, some dude on Thatguywiththeglasses.com already did a whole retrospective on the MLP generations.
November 24, 2011 at 3:02 am
I was waiting for to mention that Dr. Claw was clearly inspired by the James Bond villain Blofeld who rarely showed his face, ran an evil organization and also had a cat.
November 24, 2011 at 1:49 pm
I was waiting for you to mention that Dr. Claw was clearly inspired by the James Bond villain Blofeld who rarely showed his face, ran an evil organization and also had a cat.
November 25, 2011 at 3:54 pm
@Indubitably Oh close… He’s actually based on Dr No.
Dr No also had metal hands and was never seen until the end, so all you’d hear was his voice as he instructed his henchmen.
November 25, 2011 at 1:24 am
Ulysses 31. A strange cartoon I must say.