Inspector Gadget - Gadget in Winterland (Lost Jessie White Voice Acting of Pilot Episode of Animated Series; 1982)
In 1982, the DIC company began producing the animated series Inspector Gadget, about a bungling bionic detective battling the criminal agency, MAD, and their dastardly partially unseen leader, Dr. Claw, with the actual detective work being done by his young niece Penny and his dog, Brain.
The original pilot, "Gadget in Winterland" (later retitled "Olympic Games") was about Gadget being assigned to prevent MAD from sabotaging the Olympic Games in the town of Winterland.
Producers originally cast voice actor and announcer Gary Owens as Gadget, but afterwards re-recorded his lines with actor Jesse White playing the part. Ultimately, White too was rejected, and finally, Get Smart star Don Adams was cast in the role.
While Adams' recording of the role is the one commonly heard in the episode, the Australian DVD release contained Gary Owens' portrayal of the character in the pilot. Although the original end credits sequence on both of the DVD releases for this episode list White as Gadget's voice, the audio of him playing the part has not surfaced to this day.