Wednesday, 30 October 2013

DVD Review - Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas

Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas
Director: Chuck Patton
Voice Cast: Don Adams, Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche, Erica Horn
Studio: DHX Media Distribution Limited
Release Date: October 29, 2013
Retail: $12.95 
Running Time: 30mins.
Rating: Not Rated


Cartoons ruled television sets in the 1980s and thanks to DVDs; these classic animations are being released for a whole new generation of fans. Inspector Gadget made its debut in 1983 (when I was a two-year-old) and ended in 1986. Inspector Gadget would return in 1992 in a 30-minute Christmas Special on CBS. Now this loveable special, Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas, is available to own on DVD for the entire family to enjoy.

Doctor Claw is up to his old tricks, but this time he is causing mayhem on the North Pole when he released a mind-control device that brainwashes the elves into capturing Santa Claus. He orders the elves to make defective toys, so the whole world will hate Santa. Typically, his evil plans are stopped by Inspector Gadget, but this time he is a step ahead by sending his MAD agents to destroy Gadget.

Gadget has the Christmas spirit and is getting ready for the big holiday day, which he doesn't have a clue that MAD agents were sent after him, but he somehow slips through their clutches. While visiting the mall, Chief Quimby sends Gadget on a mission to stop Doctor Claw from kidnapping Santa.

Gadget, along with Penny and Brain, arrive at the North Pole, where everything looks normal, at least it does in the eyes of Inspector Gadget. He doesn't even recognize his own nemesis, Doctor Claws, wearing a Santa disguise. Of course Penny and Brain automatically notices who is in the Santa getup.

Doctor Claw orders the brainwashed elves to capture them. It is up to Penny and Brain to help Gadget realize that Doctor Claw is behind everything and rescue the real Santa Claus.

I have fond memories of the original series, but somehow I had missed this special in 1992. It’s nice to see the original voice cast (Don Adams, Frank Welker, Maurice LaMarche and Erica Horn) return for the Christmas Special. The plot is similar to an episode of the original series with Doctor Claw planning a crime and Gadget accidentally stopping him with the help of his niece, Penny, and her dog, Brain. The special runs under twenty-five minutes, despite the fact the back cover of the DVD case states it is thirty-minutes; not that I'm complaining, but it may be misleading for some people. Overall, I thought Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas is a cute family-friendly cartoon, which captures the heart and spirit of the original series. It would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas!

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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