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IG Saves Christmas TV guide promo (Twitter, RetroNewsNow; 12-06-2015)

The print advertisement for the special (and Noël)'s premiere.

Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas is a 1992 Christmas special spun off from the animated series Inspector Gadget, originally broadcast on NBC on December 4, 1992.

The special was nominated for the 1993 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming Less Than One Hour). However, it lost to the Batman: The Animated Series episode "Robin's Reckoning - Part 1".



Dr. Claw takes Santa's place after imprisoning him.

The special opens up at the North Pole, where Santa Claus and his elves are busy working on all the toys that he has to deliver this year for Christmas (while singing their own version of "Jingle Bells"). But in the midst of all this, Dr. Claw has managed to sneak into the factory with MAD Cat, and he has also somehow managed to install mind control devices on all the elves. When he activates them, the elves stop moving, and Santa is suddenly grabbed by a big claw that has been installed over his head and dropped through a manhole in the middle of the factory. Dr. Claw then takes a seat where Santa was and orders the elves to mess up all the toys so that Santa's reputation will be ruined.

Quimby gives Gadget's assignment

Chief Quimby, disguised as a mall Santa, gives Gadget his assignment.

Meanwhile, in Metro City, Inspector Gadget is busy going around with his Christmas doings, completely oblivious to the MAD agents attempting to kill him. In fact, he doesn't even have a clue that there is something funny going on until he visits the mall Santa, which it turns out is really his boss, Chief Quimby, in one of his hiding spots. Like in every episode of the original series, he gives Gadget a message about what's going on. As always, Gadget then leaves the note to self-destruct in Quimby's face, much to his annoyance.

Gadget thinks Claw is Santa

At the North Pole, Gadget mistakes Dr. Claw for Santa...

Assuming that Dr. Claw has not yet made his move, Gadget heads off to the North Pole, accompanied by his niece, Penny, and his dog, Brain. Upon entering the factory, he firmly believes there is nothing wrong there. He does not even get suspicious when he goes to talk to "Santa", not realizing that he is actually staring Dr. Claw right in the face. Penny and Brain, on the other hand, are not so easily fooled, but when they try to tell Gadget about it, he is sideswiped by the claw that grabbed Santa earlier and thrown onto the conveyor belt with all the mismatched toys that the brainwashed elves are manufacturing. Gadget takes time to examine these toys (to the tune of "The Twelve Days of Christmas"), during which Brain tries to keep him out of harm's way like always.

Gadget arrests Santa

...and arrests the real one.

Gadget thinks Brain is Santa's accomplice

To make matters worse, he also mistakes Brain for an accomplice.

Dr. Claw is not happy that this little trap has not gotten rid of "the inside dope", so he instead has Gadget dropped down the manhole he dropped Santa through at the beginning. There, Gadget comes upon the real Santa, but due to his usual absent-mindedness, he mistakes him for the fraud and arrests him. Brain, who was watching this, reports this to Penny, whom the elves trap inside a giant jack-in-the-box. Brain proceeds to get the keys away from Dr. Claw, who has placed them on MAD Cat's fake antlers. (During this, Dr. Claw broods over the Dirty Trick Sled that Santa never brought him in his youth.) After getting the keys, Brain goes to open the cell where Gadget has been interrogating "the fake Santa", using lines from The Night Before Christmas for reference. Gadget, thinking that Brain is an accomplice to "the fake Santa", lassos both of them and heads off to tell "the real Santa" on them.

Penny finds Claw's remote

Penny finds Claw's mind-control remote.


As Gadget helps "Santa" load the mismatched toys onto the sleigh, Brain springs himself and the real Santa loose, and then follows Penny (having escaped from the jack-in-the-box earlier) to the control room, where they find the mind control remote that Dr. Claw inexplicably left behind. Penny immediately deactivates the mind control, which prompts all the elves to start singing a reprise of their "Jingle Bells" rewrite. Dr. Claw gets into his jet and prepares to take off with the sleigh full of broken toys, but the real Santa then shows up with half of his reindeer and foils him by unhooking the sleigh from the MAD Jet. Then for good measure, Gadget, who still does not realize that he has been hanging out with his nemesis the whole time, ties the hook to a candy cane prop. The reindeer then break up the ice behind Dr. Claw, sending him drifting into the distance. After Chief Quimby makes his obligatory reappearance to congratulate Gadget and company for saving Christmas and stopping Dr. Claw once more, Santa gives them a ride in his sleigh.

Home video releases

The special made its home video debut with a VHS tape released by Buena Vista Home Video in 1993. It was then reissued by Lions Gate Home Entertainment in October 2001, then on VHS again and on DVD for the first time by Sterling Entertainment Group in 2004. Both the VHS tape and the DVD also included two episodes of the original Inspector Gadget series, "The Weather in Tibet" and "So It is Written", with the DVD additionally containing the episode "Birds of a Feather" as a bonus feature. The special was later made available on Apple TV and Amazon Video alongside Sonic Christmas Blast. Cinedigm released the special on DVD again on October 8, 2013; this time, however, it did not contain any bonus episodes.

US releases
International releases


Voice actor/actress Character(s)
Don Adams Inspector Gadget (speaking)
Erica Horn Penny
Maurice LaMarche Chief Quimby
Inspector Gadget (singing)
Frank Welker Brain
Dr. Claw
Santa Claus

See also

External links

WildBrain Spark "Christmas Tree" • "Twinkle's Wish" • A Holly Johnny Christmas • "Christmas" (Yo Gabba Gabba!) • "A Very Awesome Christmas" • Yo Gabba Gabba!: A Very Awesome Live Holiday Show! • "SheZon's Greetings" • Dorg and the Christmas Fairy • "Johnny's Holiday Light Fight" • "Christmas at Malory Towers"
Studio B Productions Snowden: Raggedy Ann & Andy's Adventure • "Joy to Yvon" • "Snow Biz" • The Legend of Frosty the SnowmanTis the Season for RevengeSecret Santa • "Jungle Bells" / "Goat of Christmas Presents" • "Sleighs of Hazard" • "Jingle Cans" • The Side Show Christmas • "Kid vs. Kat vs. Christmas" • "Fangs for the Memories" • "Hearth's Warming Eve" • "I Heard the Barks on Christmas Day" • "Christmas Evil" • "Hearthbreakers" • "Charles Dickens" • "A Hearth's Warming Tail" • "Robert Edwin Peary" • "The Hearth's Warming Club" • My Little Pony: Best Gift EverMy Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Holidays Unwrapped
CINAR / Cookie Jar Entertainment "The Dogs' Christmas" • Madeline's Christmas • "The Real Story of O Christmas Tree" • A Gift of Munsch • "The Night Before Christmas" • "The Perfect Christmas" • "The Best Christmas Present Ever" • "Abe and Babe's Christmas Lesson" • "Sally Cat's Christmas Dream" • "The Big Apple Christmas Caper" • "Santa Needs Help" • "All I Want for Christmouse" • "Christmas Star" • "Snowmobile to Panic" • Arthur's Perfect Christmas • "Caillou's Christmas" • Caillou's Holiday MovieGotta Catch Santa ClausThe Velveteen Rabbit • "A Holly Johnny Christmas" • "That's Swellaphant!" • "Caillou’s Perfect Christmas"
DiC Entertainment "Christmas Memories" • "North Pole Cat" • "Xmas Marks the Spot" • "There's No Such Thing as Stego-Claws" • "The Year Scroogenip Swiped Christmas" • "Koopa Klaus" • "Santa Claus is Coming to Flatbush" • "Merry Christmas, Mr. Carroll" • "Christmas in July" • "The Night Before Cave Christmas" • A Christmas Adventure • "Merry Christmas, Super Dave!" • Inspector Gadget Saves ChristmasA Hollywood Hounds Christmas • "Do Not Reboot 'Til Christmas" • "Kilo Is Coming to Town" • "It's a Gorganus Life" • "Madeline at the North Pole" • "Just Like Old Times" • Twas the Night Before BumpyJingle Bell RockSonic Christmas BlastThe Adventures of SnowdenA Christmas Carol • "Holiday on Ice" • "A Gadget Boy Christmas Around the World" • "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" • "Witchmas Carole" • "The Christmas Phantom" • "Across the Delaware" • "Berry Merry Christmas" • "Santa Claw" • "The Claw Who Stole Christmas"
Ragdoll Productions "Magical Lights" • "Christmas Tree" • "Making Christmas Cards" • "Crackers" • "Christmas Carols" • "The Perfect Tree"
Decode Entertainment "Santa Sword is Coming to Town" • "Secret Santa" • "Last Day of Christmas" • "A Very Sadie Christmas" • "His Master's Choice" • "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" • "The Nutcracker" • "The Happy Holidays Issue" • "How to Make a Christmas Miracle" • "Lobster Claus is Coming to Town"
Halifax Films "Bob's Broken Sleigh" • "A Wish World Christmas"
Iconix Brand Group A Charlie Brown Christmas • "The Play" • It's Christmastime Again, Charlie BrownCharlie Brown's Christmas Tales • "Berry Merry Christmas" • I Want a Dog for Christmas, Charlie Brown • "Dear Santa Claus" • "Happy First Frost" • "Christmas is Coming" • "Christmas is on Its Way" • "It's Your 50th Christmas, Charlie Brown" • "Berry Merry Melody" • "Lemon's Name in Lights" • "Happiness is the Gift of Giving" • "Mission Unfrostable" • "Happiness Is Holiday Traditions"
FilmFair "Paddington's Christmas" • "Paddington and the Christmas Shopping" • "Christmas in Fabuland" • "Huxley Pig's Cinderella"
Nerd Corps Entertainment "A Christmas Wish" • "Monster Machine Christmas" • Lego Friends: Holiday Special • "Happy Sniffmas" • "A Blazing Amazing Christmas"