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Review of the Cartoon Episode "Gadget In Winterland" the Beginning of the Inspector Gadget Cartoon Series

Updated on November 19, 2021
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Ara is a journalism graduate from California State University, Northridge, who is always looking to explore his writing opportunities.

The Real Beginning of the Cartoon Inspector Gadget

Every animated series has a beginning episode and for the original cartoon series Inspector Gadget, that episode is called Gadget in Winterland and this episode officially marks the very beginning of Inspector Gadget! The episode is also sometimes referred to as Winter Olympics but that’s just one of those things in animation. Contrary to popular belief, this is the very first episode of Inspector Gadget and not Monster Lake because Monster Lake is the second episode of the series. Even though the series of Inspector Gadget technically made its debut in 1983, the original air date for this first episode was December 4, 1982.

The Olympic Games Logo Which Symbolizes What This Episode Is About


Qualities That Make the Episode Gadget In Winterland Unique

There are several things that are unique about this episode compared to all the ones that would come after the airing of the inaugural episode of Inspector Gadget. First of all, the voice actors are different. Doing the voice of Inspector Gadget’s brilliant niece Penny is Mona Marshall and not Cree Summer though Cree Summer would do the voice of Penny for the other 64 episodes of the first season because Mona Marshall was not able to return for the series. Gadget in Winterland is also the only episode in which Inspector Gadget’s boss Chief Quimby appears three different times and gives him three messages and they all self-destruct. The first time that our beloved Inspector gets a call from the Chief is when they are in the cabin that they rented. Inspector Gadget thought that he was going to get a week off and be completely off duty. However, as the creators of this show would have it, the Inspector would always get a call from the Chief and that would signal the beginning of each mission. Also, another difference in this episode compared to the others in this first season is that John Stephenson does the voice of Chief Quimby. The Chief politely apologizes for interrupting the Inspector’s vacation but as usual, something has come up.

A Photo of a Female Figure Skater

This photo symbolizes one of the things that Inspector Gadget is teaching his niece how to do and that is to learn how to do figure skating.
This photo symbolizes one of the things that Inspector Gadget is teaching his niece how to do and that is to learn how to do figure skating.

Winter Olympics Brief Synopsis

The Gadget family has rented a cabin at a ski resort where athletes from all around the world have come to take part in the Winter Olympics. This is also the first time that we hear about the main Villain Dr. Claw whose sole mission is the elimination of Inspector Gadget so that he can dominate the world with his M.A.D. organization. Dr. Claw sends two main villains in this episode to try and get the Inspector and his family. They are the M.A.D. Yodeler, a doll that causes an avalanche every time he sings and the Abominable Snowbot, a huge metallic monster that is capable of unleashing massive amounts of destruction. Gadget in Winterland is also the first episode that has a winter style theme in it. Later in the series, The Coo Coo Clock Caper is the next episode with a winter season theme in it. Due to Penny’s skill and clever actions, she is able to use the powers of her computer book to override the Snowbot’s controls before it can get rid of her uncle, causing it to explode.

Gadget In Winterland Interesting Fact

One thing that is interesting to keep in mind about this episode is that this is the only episode of the series which had Inspector Gadget with a mustache. The creators of the show however had to change things and make sure that the main character did not have a mustache because DIC the animation company got a letter from Metro Goldwyn Mayer that was threatening to open up a lawsuit against them because Inspector Gadget looked like the character Inspector Clouseau from the Pink Panther movies.

"Gadget in Winterland" Full Episode

Gadget in Winterland Final Thoughts

Overall, Gadget in Winterland is an interesting episode filled with much action, mystery, and intrigue and it is also the debut of Chief Quimby saying his famous phrase “Why do I put up with him?” Is this first episode better than Monster Lake? That is tough to say.

© 2019 Ara Vahanian


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