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Baloo the Bear from The Jungle Book (1967) is cast as a 1930s Pacific Islands bush pilot.
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1991   1990  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 nominations. See more awards »





Series cast summary:
Ed Gilbert ...  Baloo / ... 63 episodes, 1990-1991
Jim Cummings ...  Don Karnage / ... 46 episodes, 1990-1991
Sally Struthers ...  Rebecca Cunningham 43 episodes, 1990-1991
R.J. Williams ...  Kit Cloudkicker 42 episodes, 1990-1991
Pat Fraley ...  Wildcat / ... 26 episodes, 1990-1991


This casts key characters from The Jungle Book (1967) into a 1930s pacific setting where Baloo is a bush pilot who finds himself as part of a struggling courier company. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Early versions of the series had Kit Cloudkicker as Rebecca Cunningham's son, who longed for a father figure in his life. However, when the series decided not to answer the question of whether Rebecca was divorced or a widow, this was re-written to Kit being an orphan, and Baloo acting as a father figure and friend, similar to Baloo's relationship with Mowgli in The Jungle Book (1967). See more »


The dock setup for Higher for Hire changes almost every episode to accommodate the direction from which the Seaduck is heading. See more »


Baloo: If it's got wings I can fly it! Sometimes even if it doesn't.
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Alternate Versions

In the original two hour pilot "Plunder & Lightning",there was a song where Rebecca sang a lullaby to Molly while Kit listened in. It was most likely edited out due to time restraints when it divided into a four part episode for syndication. See more »


Spin-off TaleSpin (1991) See more »


Spin It
Words and Music by Michael Silversher (as Silversher) and Patty Silversher (as Silversher)
Produced by Robert Kraft
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Don't worry folks, it's all part of the show
21 October 2002 | by happiscotsmanSee all my reviews

If you are viewing this show for the first time, you may start wondering if you are in an alternate reality. Colorful and imaginative characters? Entertaining dialogue? Plots that seem to have some depth to them, even creating atmospheres of suspense and drama at times? I mean, this is a syndicated children's show right? This is the same venue that has brought kids such drek as "Pokemon", "Pepper Ann", "Mighty Morphin Power Rangers", and "VR Troopers" (please note that three of the titles mentioned above are crass Japanese exports, courtesy of the Fox Network and Saban Entertainment). Don't worry, you are just sampling some of the quality fare that was available to kids during the late 1980's and early 1990's. Some examples of this period would be "Transformers", "Garfield and Friends", "Captain Power", and "C.O.P.S." (a cartoon NOT to be confused with the live action show on Fox). Besides these prime examples, Disney also returned to syndicated programs for kids, coming up with a lineup called "The Disney Afternoon". Aside from a dumbed-down show called "The Gummi Bears", early shows like "Darkwing Duck", "Duck Tales", and "Chip 'N Dale's Rescue Rangers" gave credence to the Disney animation teams that were also turning out theatrical classics like "The Little Mermaid", "Beauty and the Beast", "The Rescuers Down Under", and "The Great Mouse Detective". But above all these wonders shines "TaleSpin". The premiere of "Plunder and Lightning" was a two-hour thrill ride, and won an Emmy. Much to my delight, the rest of the episodes were up to par on the promise of the premiere.

While I enjoy the plots and dialogue, I guess for me the greatest attraction are the characters. There's Rebecca Cunningham, an independent female, but still fallible; Kit Cloudkicker, full of pre-teen angst and optimism; Louie, with his loyalty and support; Frank Wildcat, the most entertaining engineer since Scotty on the original "Star Trek"; Molly Cunningham, cute and witty, but with some depth that most child characters don't have, and of course in the middle of it all, there's Baloo, whom I would describe as a slobby version of James Bond. This is because whenever there's trouble, Baloo saves the day with the assistance of his sleeker-than-most, fastest-of-all Sea Duck (Read: James Bond's Aston Martin). Of course every great show has to have great villains, and TaleSpin doesn't disappoint here either. From the megalomania of businesstiger Shere Kahn, to the vain and always failing air pirate Don Karnage, to the hilarious and inept Soviet-satirized Thembrians. The animation is good, the music appropriate, and the episodes are (for me) the finest that children's programming has ever had to offer. Great fun for the WHOLE family!

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7 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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(65 episodes)

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