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Characters of TaleSpin
Format Animated series
Created by Jymn Magon
Mark Zaslove
Starring Ed Gilbert
R.J. Williams
Sally Struthers
Janna Michaels
Pat Fraley
Jim Cummings
Tony Jay
Country of origin Flag of the United States United States
No. of episodes 65
Running time 22 minutes
Original channel first-run syndication
Original run September 9, 1990August 8, 1991
External links
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TaleSpin is a half-hour American animated television series spin-off of The Jungle Book that first aired as part of The Disney Afternoon. The name of the show is a play on "tailspin", defined as "the rapid descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral". The "Tale" in the name originally referred to the series DuckTales, because Launchpad McQuack from that show was originally going to be the star of TaleSpin, but was replaced by Baloo. Image File history File links This work is copyrighted. ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... Jymn Magon (born 7 December 1949) is an American television and film writer. ... Ed Gilbert in February 1995. ... R.J. Williams or Robert John Williams (born: July 19, 1978) was a child actor on movies and television shows, one of his credits was the child character Rowdy for two seasons of General Hospital. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Patrick Fraley, also known as Pat Fraley (born February 18, 1949) is an American voice actor. ... James Jonah Jim Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American voice actor who is best known for his work on the Winnie the Pooh animated series. ... Tony Jay (February 2, 1933 - August 13, 2006) was an English/American actor. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... is the 252nd day of the year (253rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 220th day of the year (221st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... The Jungle Book is a 1967 animated feature film, released on October 18th. ... The Disney Afternoon gang. ... Chronicle of the shooting down of a Korean passenger plane by Soviet air force on 1st September 1983. ... DuckTales is an American animated television series produced by Walt Disney Television Animation. ... Launchpad McQuack is a character created by the Walt Disney Company who first appeared as Scrooge McDucks pilot on DuckTales, and later in the series Darkwing Duck as Darkwings sidekick. ... Baloo is the fictional sleepy old grey bear featured in Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. ...



After a preview of The Disney Afternoon that aired on the Disney Channel in May 1990, the series began its run in September of the same year. The original concept was embodied in the introductory television movie Plunder and Lightning which was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (Prime Time for Programming One Hour or More) in 1991 and was later re-edited into four half-hour episodes for reruns. The show was often seen either on its own as a half-hour show, or as part of the two-hour syndicated series The Disney Afternoon. TaleSpin ended on its 65th episode which ran in 1991. However, reruns continued to be shown on The Disney Afternoon through 1994. Afterwards, it was moved into Disney Channel and later into Toon Disney. For Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Plunder and Lightning is a television movie, originally broadcast on September 9, 1990, that makes up the first four episodes of the Disney animated series TaleSpin. ... An Emmy Award. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... For Disney Channel in other countries, see Disney Channel around the world. ... Toon Disney is a 24-hour American cable television channel owned by The Walt Disney Company that mostly airs childrens animated television series. ...

Several of the characters are loosely based on characters from Disney's animated film version of The Jungle Book: in particular Baloo, the hot-shot pilot hero of the series; Louie, the owner of Baloo's favorite bar; and Shere Khan, a business tycoon who appears in many episodes. Kit seems to be a stand-in for Mowgli, since Baloo calls him by the same nicknames his Jungle Book counterpart called Mowgli, like "Little Britches" and "Baby Bear". The Jungle Book is a 1967 animated feature film, released on October 18th. ... Baloo is the fictional sleepy old grey bear featured in Rudyard Kiplings The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book. ... King Louie is a fictional character, an orangutan who kidnaps Mowgli in Disneys 1967 animated musical adaptation of The Jungle Book. ... Mowgli attacking Shere Khan (right) with a burning branch; detail of a rare clay bas-relief by John Lockwood Kipling, father of Rudyard, , 1907. ... Mowgli by John Lockwood Kipling (father of Rudyard Kipling). ...

Also, many of the series concepts seem to be based on the 1982 ABC series Tales of the Gold Monkey, including the main concept of a cocky flying boat cargo pilot and his rocky relationship with his girlfriend, his scatterbrained mechanic sidekick, the era and designs of the aircraft and costumes, the Pacific Islands setting, the secondary character relationships, even the visual appearance of the lagoon. Also, the protagonists of both series fly planes named for waterfowl (Cutter's Goose and Sea Duck) and are regular denizens of taverns named "Louie's". Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is an American television network. ... Tales of the Gold Monkey was a 1982 television show broadcast by ABC. The networks attempt to capitalize on the fame of the movie Raiders of the Lost Ark the previous year featured an ex-Flying Tigers Indiana Jones-like operator of an air cargo delivery service named Jake... Boeing 314 A flying boat is an aircraft that is designed to take off and land on water, in particular a type of seaplane which uses its fuselage as a floating hull (instead of pontoons mounted below the fuselage). ... The Sea Duck is a fictional 2-engined flying boat/seaplane in the animated series TaleSpin. ...

The series was largely developed by writers Jymn Magon and Mark Zaslove, who were also the Supervising Producers on the series as well as Story Editors. There were four production teams, each one headed by a Producer/Director: Robert Taylor, Larry Latham, Jamie Mitchell and Ed Ghertner.


TaleSpin is set in the fictional city-state of Cape Suzette (a pun on the pancake dish, Crêpe Suzette), a harbor town protected by giant cliffs through which only a small opening exists. The opening in the cliffs is guarded by anti-aircraft artillery, preventing flying rabble-rousers or air pirates from entering the city. Characters in the world of TaleSpin are anthropomorphic animals. The timeframe of the series is never specifically addressed, but appears to be in the mid to late 1930s; the helicopter and jet engine are experimental devices and most architecture is reminiscent of the art deco style of that period. "The Great War" ended "nearly 20 years ago", and radio is the primary mass medium. A city-state is a region controlled exclusively by a city. ... Crêpe Suzette with raspberries Crêpe Suzette is a typical French and Belgian dessert, consisting of a crêpe with a hot sauce of caramelised sugar, orange juice, lightly grated orange peel and liqueur (usually Grand Marnier) on top, which is subsequently lit. ... American troops man an anti-aircraft gun near the Algerian coastline in 1943 Anti-aircraft, or air defense, is any method of combating military aircraft from the ground. ... Bugs Bunny, a typical funny animal character Funny animal is a cartooning term for the genre of comics and animated cartoons in which the main characters are humanoid or talking animals. ... For other uses, see Helicopter (disambiguation). ... A Pratt and Whitney turbofan engine for the F-15 Eagle is tested at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, USA. The tunnel behind the engine muffles noise and allows exhaust to escape. ... Asheville City Hall. ... “The Great War ” redirects here. ...

The series centered on the adventures of bush pilot Baloo the bear, whose air cargo freight business is bought out by Rebecca Cunningham, and renamed "Higher for Hire". An orphan boy and former air pirate, the ambitious Kit Cloudkicker, attaches to Baloo and becomes his navigator. He sometimes calls him "Papa Bear". Together, they are the crew of Higher for Hire's only aircraft, a modified Conwing L-16 named the Sea Duck. From there, the series follows the ups and downs of Higher for Hire and its staff, sometimes in the vein of old action-adventure film serials of the 1930s and '40s like Raiders of the Lost Ark. Bush flying is a term for air operations which are carried out in remote, inhospitable regions of the world. ... The Sea Duck is a fictional 2-engined flying boat/seaplane in the animated series TaleSpin. ... This article is about the film. ...

Their adventures often involve encounters with a gang of air pirates led by the histrionic Don Karnage, with representatives of Thembria, a parody of the Stalinist Soviet Union inhabited by anthropomorphic warthogs, or other, often even stranger obstacles. Don Karnage is a fictional character created for the Disney animated series TaleSpin. ... For architecture, see Stalinist architecture. ... Binomial name (Pallas, 1766) This article is about the animal. ...

The relationship between Baloo and Rebecca owes something to the screwball comedy films of the 1930s. It is even more closely patterned after the later years of the television sitcom Cheers—in both shows, a buttoned-down businesswoman named Rebecca takes the reins of a struggling company, then hires its previous owner (a fun-loving but irresponsible slacker) to do most of the work for her. The screwball comedy is a subgenre of the comedy film genre. ... The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known as the World Depression. ... This article is about the TV series. ...

A video game by Capcom was also released on the NES and Game Boy. Sega produced a different version for the Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear. A third incarnation was produced by Hudson Soft for the TurboGrafx-16. For the original NASA meaning, see capsule communicator. ... “NES” redirects here. ... For the entire Game Boy series of handheld consoles, see Game Boy line. ... This article is about the video game company. ... The Sega Mega Drive ) is a video game console released by Sega in Japan in 1988, North America in 1989, and the PAL region in 1990. ... The Sega Game Gear is a handheld game console which was Segas response to Nintendos Game Boy. ... Hudson Soft is a Japanese electronic entertainment publisher. ... For information on the Japanese version of this console, see PC Engine The TurboGrafx 16 is a video game console released by NEC in 1989, for the North American market. ...

Famed Uncle Scrooge comic writer and artist Don Rosa contributed to episode 6 "It Came From Beneath the Sea Duck" and episode 9 "I Only Have Ice for You". Uncle Scrooge #21 cover. ... Keno Don Hugo Rosa (often just called Don Rosa) (born June 29, 1951) is a comic book writer and illustrator best known for his stories about Scrooge McDuck, Donald Duck and other Disney characters. ...

Characters and cast

Higher for Hire

  • Baloo (Ed Gilbert), based primarily on the sloth bear from Disney's The Jungle Book, but with a flight cap and a yellow shirt (and four-fingered hands instead of his Jungle Book counterpart's claws). Quite a couple times in the episodes he will mention bear necessities. Although lazy, slobbish, unreliable and always broke, he is also an excellent pilot capable of the most daring maneuvers in the air (and the courage to do them) and can selflessly come to the aid of those in need of help. He also has a penchant for getting into schemes that require him to dress up in drag to suit the situation, such as when he became Rebecca's "female" co-pilot Tan-Margaret (a play on Ann-Margret) in "Feminine Air". Some of his mannerisms survive from The Jungle Book, including his nickname of "Papa Bear" by Kit, which Mowgli had given to him. In Tale Spin, it is revealed that Baloo comes from a prominent noble family, (being Baloo, Baron von Bruinwald XIII) though he himself had been initially unaware; raising the possibility that he was adopted in the episode The Balooest Of The Bluebloods he inherited 500 million dollars in the form of an extravagant estate, which was taken from him to settle the matter of his family's impressively long history of owing back taxes, thus restoring the status quo. He also calls Kit "Li'l Britches," as he did with Mowgli. His name comes from the Hindi word for bear: bhālū (Hindi: भालू /bʰɑːluː/).
  • Kit Cloudkicker (R.J. Williams, Alan Roberts), an orphaned brown bear who stands at a little less than half Baloo's size and a former member of the Air Pirates. In "Flight School Confidential", his age is established as twelve years old. He typically wears a blue baseball cap with red brim and a well-worn green sweater. He is skilled at cloud-surfing, which is the act of riding on a telescoping metal foil wing he possesses, using a rope attached to a plane to maintain lift. Having a bit of surfacing teen rebellion within him, Kit tries to be the better-half of Baloo's reason on being responsible but looks to him as a father figure and usually flies as the navigator of the Sea Duck. He is an ambitious boy, keen to take on responsibilities, some of them beyond his age, such as actually owning and flying a plane.
  • Rebecca Cunningham (Sally Struthers), a petite brown bear with long brunette hair styled in a cross between a medieval and 1930's-40's hairdo, usually wears a white turtleneck sweater, and a purple-red jacket and matching slacks. Nicknamed "Becky" and/or "Beckers" by Baloo which she highly resented being called that at first, but soon grew accustomed to with affection (in return, she calls him "Fly Boy" on occasion). A shrewd businesswoman with a MBA, she buys 'Baloo's Air Service' and his plane, creating the air cargo company 'Higher For Hire'. Bright and unassumingly attractive, her ambitions and penchant for recklessness has caused trouble for the company at times, such as in "A Touch of Glass" when she cashed in the Sea Duck's insurance policy to pay for expensive ads targeted at affluent clientele, and in "The Bigger They Are, The Louder They Oink" when she went into the truffle-gathering business. Although she originally relegated herself to the administrative and sales functions of the business, the series shows she eventually learns to be a capable would-be pilot in her own right. Her desire to get in the cockpit was sparked by the events of "I Only Have Ice for You" where Baloo temporarily had his pilot's license suspended and had to take over for a major shipping run to deliver an iceberg for the eccentric Prince Neverhasbeenbroke before running into the Air Pirates; and in "Feminine Air", in which Higher for Hire lost some business due to the chauvinistic machinations of a male pilot named Cool Hands Luke who made fun of Baloo for flying for a "skirt". She can also have quite a temper, stubbornly competitive, a nasty jealous streak, be a hopeless romantic ("Her Chance to Dream", "Molly Coddled") and judgmental at times; usually it is Baloo's laziness and carefree attitude towards his responsibilities that sets it off. Rebecca lives with her daughter Molly in an apartment in an upscale part of Cape Suzette, one which incorporates a waterfall in its design. Rebecca's personality and unsuccessful drive for success with a local business are very reminiscent of Cheers character Rebecca Howe and her looks are almost similar to the Tiny Toon Adventures character Julie Bruin.
  • Molly Cunningham (Janna Michaels), Rebecca's yellow-furred, preschool-aged daughter. An adventurous child who even at six years old, is not afraid to speak her mind just like her mother. Molly has a thing for her favourite ice cream brand "Frosty Pep;" sometimes pretends she is 'Danger Woman' (the action/adventure heroine of a popular kids radio program) while seeking adventure along with Kit and Baloo; can be clever on her feet when it comes to outwitting the bad guys (in episodes "Molly Coddled" and "Flight of The Snow Duck"). Her middle name is Elizabeth, the only character in the series to actually have one (revealed in "Mommy For A Day") and mainly totes around her favourite doll, Lucy. No mention was ever made of Molly's father as series' creator Jymn Magon reportedly said that Rebecca is a widow, although at a 1998 U.S. fan convention Q&A online chat he did state in roundabout tones that she's actually divorced as originally written in the first Tale Spin press release.[1]
  • Wildcat (Pat Fraley), a clueless and gangly lion who typically wears a mechanic's outfit. Officially the Higher for Hire mechanic, actual intelligence is not his forte, but he's extremely adept at fixing devices and a childlike innocence to his genial nature. His brilliance at anything mechanical allows him to fix smashed-up telephones in under ten seconds and he is one of the few people in the entire Tale Spin universe who can build an "overdrive" for airplanes. He has something of a lisp and somewhat resembles Tigger of the Winnie The Pooh series.

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Air Pirates

  • Don Karnage (Jim Cummings), the leader of the dreaded Air Pirates and commander of the massive Jules Verne-inspired pirate airship, the Iron Vulture. He is some sort of canine, but it's not clear exactly what species he is; jackal, dingo, fox and coyote are all popular theories, although the writers have stated that he is a wolf. He has a strong accent, but again, precisely which country is difficult to tell (probably a French accent). A skilled pilot and ruthlessly cunning with an over-sized ego that makes him blunder with whatever scheme or raid he conducts with his brigands, he speaks /t/ and /d/ as dental consonants rather than the normal English Alveolar consonants. When dogfighting he flies a hybrid that appears to be based on a low-wing monoplane but with wings added so that it is actually a triplane. Voice actor Jim Cummings has cited Ricky Ricardo as an inspiration, but there are numerous influences present, including Billy Crystal's Saturday Night Live character Fernando Lamas.
  • Mad Dog (Charlie Adler), scrawny canine with a "Fu Manchu" style mustache, usually seen in the company of Dumptruck., but sometimes as Don Karnage's sidekick/whipping boy type. Has a whiny, nasal voice. Due to his puny, slender build, some believe he is actually a ferret or weasel. Not a very threatening presence.
  • Dumptruck (Chuck McCann), appearing to be second in command to Don Karnage since he was made captain of the Iron Vulture by Don Karnage in his absence in one episode. He is a hulking Great Dane who speaks with a thick Swedish-Dutch accent and wears a top hat. While being among one of the most ruthless of the Air Pirates, he is also one of the stupidest. Has a habit of exclaiming "Yumpin' Yimminy!" when surprised or in a crisis. Frequently paired with Mad Dog.
  • Gibber (Chuck McCann), the pirate who whispers advice and such into Karnage's ear. He has never spoken a word louder than his mumbles. He would appear to be mildly competent, but only by the standards of the Air Pirates.
  • Hacksaw (Charlie Adler), the big yellowish colored dingo pirate who has sticks of dynamite strapped around his arms and has his ears tied together. He isn't one of the smartest pirates and is a bit on the twitchy side. Speaks with a whining, Australian accent.
  • Ratchet (Rob Paulsen), the mechanic of the group, who helped put together the lightning gun in Plunder & Lightning.
  • Hal (Frank Welker), large (rivals Dumptruck in size), overweight, tan cat; possibly the only feline member of Karnage's crew. Seen in only a few episodes, his only major role in the series (and probably the only one where he spoke) was when he accompanied Dumptruck and Mad Dog on their mission to take over the cliff guns ("Jumping the Guns"). His name stemmed from a throwaway line spoken by Don Karnage in "Plunder and Lightning": "Open the bomb bay doors please, Hal.", which is a pun on the famous line spoken by Dave in 2001: A Space Odyssey: "Open the pod bay doors please, HAL."
  • Sadie (Chuck McCann), the short, fat, brown pirate who has a grey mustache and wears a Viking helmet.
  • Jock, a black Scottish terrier and head engineer of the Iron Vulture. Despite wearing sunglasses, a red-and-white striped shirt, blue jacket and beret-like hat, he has been mistaken for being French for dressing up in the stereotypical fashion and speaking in a "French" accent by Tale Spin fans for many years until the 2006 Tale Spin DVD release of Volume 1 verified it in the hearing-impaired English subtitles as being "Jock," due to his thick Scottish burr that made his name sound like it was "Jacques" instead. Also an obvious reference to Lady and the Tramp's resident terrier of the same name and mannerisms, only a bit more dozy. Don Karnage mistakenly calls him "Scotty"; a tongue-in-cheek reference by the writers to the famous Star Trek character portrayed by James Doohan.

Episode: "A Bad Reflection on You" Part 2 James Jonah Jim Cummings (born November 3, 1952[1] in Youngstown, Ohio) is an American voice actor who is best known for his work on the Winnie the Pooh animated series. ... Charles Adler (born February 20, American voice actor. ... Please wikify (format) this article or section as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... This article is about the voice actor Rob Paulsen. ... Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ...

  • Will, Don Karnage's second mate, seen very briefly as part of a single gag: Don Karnage ordered his crew to "Fire at will!" Ever obedient, they began shooting at Will running past Karnage instead of the Sea Duck in which he corrected them: "No no, no, do not fire at 'Will', he is my second mate. FIRE AT THE SEA DUCK!!"

Episode: "In Search of Ancient Blunders"


  • Col. Ivanod Spigot (Michael Gough), an unnaturally short warthog with a Napoleon complex and prominent lisp who is the head of Thembria's "Glorious People's" Air Force. He considers himself to be highly infamous, and always introduces himself thusly: "Perhaps you've heard of me?" His grandmother was, apparently, devoured by polar bears. Whether as punishment for losing a national artifact (as that is the crime that warrants that punishment) or accident is unknown.

Episodes: "The Idol Rich" "Blue Monday" "Flight of the Snow Duck" "Flying Dupes" "The Golden Sprocket of Friendship" "Gruel and Unusual Punishment" "A Spy In The Ointment" "The Time Bandit" "Flight School Confidential" Michael Gough (born November 23, 1914) is an English character actor who has appeared in over 100 films. ...

  • Sgt. Dunder (Lorenzo Music), Spigot's second-in-command. He is gregarious and somewhat dense like Wildcat, but nowhere near as evil and ruthless as Spigot is. In fact, he is close friends with Baloo and Kit. He selflessly takes the blame for many of Colonel Spigot's numerous failures, and appears a devoted soldier.

Episodes: "The Idol Rich" "Flight of the Snow Duck" "Flying Dupes", "The Golden Sprocket of Friendship" "Gruel and Unusual Punishment" "A Spy In The Ointment" "The Time Bandit" "Flight School Confidential" Gerald David Music, (better known as Lorenzo Music (May 2, 1937 – August 4, 2001 in Brooklyn, New York), was an American actor, voice actor, writer, television producer and musician. ...

  • The High Marshal (Jack Angel), the highest-ranking military official in Thembria, he appears to serve as the country's strongman; vaguely resembles Leonid Brezhnev, with his bushy eyebrows. He is dour, humorless and dislikes Spigot for his incompetence. He is married to an equally humorless unnamed female Thembrian who is strong enough to knock him out with a single punch. There are few problems the High Marshal does not solve without the threat of violence and death.

Episodes: "Flying Dupes" "The Time Bandit" "A Spy In The Ointment" "Flight School Confidential" Jack Angel (born October 24, 1930 in Modesto, California) is an American actor, director and costume designer. ...

  • Prof. Crackpotkin, a mad scientist interred at Bedevilled Island Maximum Security Prison for terrorist acts. He hates gruel, and has been shown to be willing to commit suicide in order to destroy Thembria's gruel reserves with no regard for the resultant collateral damage.

Episode: "Gruel and Unusual Punishment".

  • Warden Slammer, the stern warden of Bedevilled Island Maximum Security Prison. Although at first he seems ruthless, he is eventually revealed to be a more-or-less fair and levelheaded individual (certainly he was right about what a ruthless maniac Crackpotkin was).

Episode: "Gruel and Unusual Punishment".

Khan Industries

  • Shere Khan (Tony Jay), a Bengal tiger who also appeared in The Jungle Book, but here stands upright and wears a business suit and is sometimes accompanied by an unnamed emaciated tiger "yes-man" office aide. Khan is an extremely wealthy businessman who is the dominant economic force in Cape Suzette. Arrogant, dour and humorless, Khan takes enjoyment out of running small companies out of business (Higher for Hire is sometimes on his hit list) with a sense of ruthlessness to skirt around the law as he chooses. He once even hired the Air Pirates to create an artificial oil shortage so he could extort higher prices from the public. Most interestingly, this private businessman has a well-armed air force and navy, complete with battleships mainly to protect his shipping and business interests worldwide. Notably in this incarnation, Khan does not always act as an outright villain in a sense, and seems to operate purely for profit rather than any particular desire to be evil as well as having a poorly defined yet iron-clad sense of honor, permitting him to operate as friend, foe and neither. This includes largely treating his staff well as with the comment, "I desire only money and power. Unpresentable employees provide me with neither" (from "Citizen Khan"), though he did once threaten the kneecaps of one of his hired thugs after the man shouted at Baloo (who was nearby, tied up) during a phone call with him (from "Save the Tiger"). Shere Khan is possessed of an icy demeanour, and is able to maintain his cool, unruffled exterior even in situations where his life is threatened (on one occasion, carrying on a conversation with Baloo while air pirates attacked his plane, not raising his voice or flinching even when pirate bullets missed him by inches.) The name is derived from Hindi: Shere or Sher, i.e., a lion/tiger (Hindi: शेर; Urdu: شیر; IPA: [ʃeːr]), and Khan, i.e., a South Asian title or surname (Hindi: ख़ान; Urdu: خان; IPA: [xɑːn]).

Episodes: "Plunder & Lightning" Parts 2-4 "Whistlestop Jackson, Legend" "Citizen Khan" "Bullethead Baloo" "Baloo Thunder" "On A Wing And A Bear" "Save The Tiger" "Louie's Last Stand" "From Here To Machinery" "A Bad Reflection On You" Parts 1-2. Tony Jay (February 2, 1933 - August 13, 2006) was an English/American actor. ...

  • Buzz (Kenneth Mars), a short purple-haired bird of indeterminate species who is Khan's eccentric in-house inventor as well as an old friend of Baloo's. A self-described "loyal company man", he is also the captain of the company chess team. Buzz's most noted invention is a prototype helicopter which promises to allow his employer to be the first marketer of a revolutionary new kind of aircraft.

Episodes: "Baloo Thunder" "Bullethead Baloo" Kenneth Mars (born April 14, 1935[1] or 1936) is an American television, movie and voice actor, perhaps best known for his roles in several Mel Brooks films, the most memorable being the insane Nazi playwright of Springtime for Hitler, Franz Liebkind, in 1968s The Producers and the relentless...

  • Mrs. Snarly (Jennifer Darling), Khan's ruthless and loyal elderly secretary. She is (apparently) a shrew.

Episodes: "Baloo Thunder" "On A Wing And A Bear" "Bullethead Baloo" Jennifer Darling (born June 19, 1946 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an American actress and voice actress. ...

  • Dr. Debolt (Rob Paulsen), Khan's head scientist, a slightly insane rabbit who created the sub-electron amplifier to power Khan's industrial sectors, which was then stolen by Don Karnage and later used to power the lightning gun weapon.

Episodes: "Plunder & Lightning" Parts 3-4.

  • Douglas "Dougie" Benson (Mark L. Taylor), a tabby cat and an investor in the company who lost his job as a result of a combination of ridiculously bad investments (like glow-in-the-dark sunglasses), forging Khan's signature and flagrant misuse of Khan's private Air Force for personal gain. His quick temper and somewhat clumsy antics were a constant source of laughs for those around him (especially Khan's elite pilots), something he could absolutely not stand. Was constantly heard shouting "STOP THAT LAUGHING!!" at the top of his lungs.

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  • Mr. Perry (Michael Bell), a scheming and sharply-dressed cheetah who was cooperating with Khan's rival, the Miniversal Corp., to steal a top-secret helicopter from Khan Industries.

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  • Walters (Phil Crowley), a panther investor who was Douglas Benson's aide and confidant.

Episode: "Louie's Last Stand".

  • Garth (Patric Zimmerman) and his unnamed partner (Tony Pope), are Khan's well-dressed tiger and panther goons who he sent to teach Baloo a lesson about greed after the bear foolishly took advantage of Khan's generosity. Garth's knees were in dire peril when he shouted angrily at Baloo during a phone call with his boss unintentionally, but he apparently avoided being the target of his employer's wrath.

Episode: "Save The Tiger". Patric Laine Zimmerman (born 1954) is an American voice actor. ...

  • Captain Hotspur (Frank Welker), the gravelly-voiced lion commander of one of Khan's battleships (although not canon, it's believed by some Tale Spin fans to be called the Prowler) who is sent on a mission to solve the mysterious disappearances of Khan's cargo planes in the ultra-secret Master Run route near the towering Twin Spires, caused by the Air Pirates. He, much like Khan, is highly impressed with Baloo's abilities after seeing him in action with the Sea Duck when he alerts the ship in the nick of time from being dangerously lured into a minefield that he sets off beforehand and his aerial maneuvers in dodging the brigands.

Episode: "A Bad Reflection on You" Parts 1-2 Franklin W. Welker (born March 12, 1946) is an American voice actor. ...


  • Louie (Jim Cummings), also from The Jungle Book, is a fun-loving orangutan who wears a Hawaiian shirt, a straw hat and lei, owns the island nightclub and motel Louie's Place, located near but outside the protection of Cape Suzette. He is Baloo's best friend (not the case in Jungle Book) but sometimes can be competitive with him when it comes to women, treasure-hunting and, on occasion, in business matters. His hold on the island is somewhat tenuous, though through his own ingenuity and the aid of his friends he's managed to avoid losing it (in "Louie's Last Stand").
  • Louise Lamour (named after Louis L'Amour) (Jim Cummings), Louie's rich ace aviator aunt who loves to party, much to her nephew's chagrin in wreaking havoc everywhere she goes (particularly in his place of business) and aggressively chases handsome men regardless of their status or accents (like Don Karnage and dashing French pilot Jacques Toujour). She suffers a broken heart quite easily yet always bounces back with a new flame at the ready. Her name is a play on the Western novelist/adventurer Louis L'Amour and the title and plot of the episode in question is very loosely based on one of O. Henry's short stories, "The Ransom of Red Chief", although Louie hates it when she calls him "Louis" instead.

Episode: "The Ransom of Red Chimp" Cover Louis LAmour book, Showdown at Yellow Butte. ...

  • Trader Moe (Jim Cummings), a diminutive international criminal alligator with a temper shorter than himself who is always accompanied by a pair of hulking and very dim-witted heavies, a rhinoceros and a gorilla who are only known collectively as "The Goons".

Episodes: "Double or Nothing" (cameo) "Golden Sprocket of Friendship" "Time Waits For No Bear"

  • El Gato (Jim Cummings), a huge, maniacal swarthy-looking feline with a thick Spanish accent and a nasty temper, wearing a colourful poncho, Mexican-styled sombrero and braided hair. Flying on a huge condor named Max, he's persistent on obtaining the Idol of Doom, a golden llama-statuette talisman famed to have great mystical powers for those who control it which he wants to use for evil and almost succeeds when he tries to wrangle it from Baloo and Kit's unwanted possession.

Episode: "Destiny Rides Again"

  • Barney O'Turret (Jack Angel), the short and grizzled, but good-natured retiree pig cliff gun guard in Cape Suzette who worked on the cliffs for 50 years and never fired a shot (but claims to, according to his catchphrase; "have seen it done a million times"), wearing overalls and a captain's cap. Clueless and constantly underfoot as Baloo and Louie try to stop a plot by the Air Pirates in launching a raid on the city when they overpower the guards in order to let the Iron Vulture pass beyond the protective outer cliffs. Despite his bumbling, he along with the pilot and nightclub owner, manages to save the day.

Episode: "Jumping The Guns"

  • MacNee (Jim Cummings), a child-hating koala with a nasty temper and a gruff Aussie accent. This hunter/poacher will go to any lengths to bag the perfect beast, even endangering the lives of others in the name of profit, in particular when he captures, loses and re-hunts the mythical, but gentle Inkara, named "Henry" by Molly whom she protects from his clutches.

Episode: "Mommy For A Day"

  • Covington (Jim Cummings), was a smooth-talking, debonair jaguar con artist who wears a moustache, sharp clothing and a toupee. During a high-speed boat chase around Cape Suzette's inner harbor, he stashed an ancient wooden cat talisman that lead to a rich treasure on Skull Island in the Sea Duck to hide it from two criminal badger associates he recently double crossed. When Molly discovered it and took it for a doll the next morning, he charmed Rebecca's heart in order to get to the doll. Molly saw him for what he was and knowing that he was really not interested in her mother, did everything she could to drive him away and keep him from getting his hands on the doll. After a series of tangles and shin-kicks from the little girl, he recovered the wooden figurine and briefly possessed the ruby statuette it pointed the way to, only to be foiled by Molly who finally exposed him as a fraud to Rebecca. A little later on, after accidentally letting go of the ruby during a greedy struggle in a bubbling hot mud pit, he was finally caught by his ex-partners and received (off-screen) his just deserts from them.

Episode: "Molly Coddled"

  • Daring Dan Dawson (Cam Clarke), sleazy owner and lead performer of an aerial circus. Appears to be a ferret wearing an old fashioned aviator's cap and goggles. Nearly destroyed the father/son bond between Kit and Baloo through manipulation and outright lies, briefly convincing Kit to run away and join his circus.

Episode: "Stormy Weather" Cameron A. Clarke (born November 6, 1957 in Burbank, California) is an American voice actor, made famous for his many starring roles in popular video games and animated television and film. ...

  • Prince Neverhasbeenbroke (Jim Cummings), an eccentric but kindly leopard ruler of an unnamed Middle Eastern desert country who requests Higher for Hire to deliver a large iceberg to his country in order to create a ski slope near his palace that the crew manage to pull off, despite being temporarily hijacked by the Air Pirates thinking that diamonds are hidden in it and a know-it-all Rebecca who flies the Sea Duck in delivering it due to Baloo's suspended licence to fly temporarily. Wears a turban and tunic, speaks with a stereotypical Indian accent and has his own harem (seen briefly with him in "The Golden Sprocket of Friendship")

Episodes: "I Only Have Ice for You," "The Golden Sprocket of Friendship" (cameo)

  • Howard Huge (Charlie Adler), a rich but maniacal hippopotamus airplane designer. His name is an obvious pun on famed aviation pioneer Howard Hughes. When Baloo encountered him, he was kidnapping pilots and stripping their planes for parts and materials to build a gigantic flying wing, which he called the "Titanium Turkey".

Episode: "Bearly Alive"

  • Jack Case (Brian Cummings), a semi-villainous rabbit and wannabe spy, currently imprisoned in Thembria. Was actually a mailman who accidentally sent the wrong package to the High Marshal. Planning to switch the wrong package for the right one, he convinced Rebecca that he was a government spy and that as a "matter of national security", he needed to be flown into Thembria. Shortly afterward, it was revealed that Case was a fraud: the package contained expensive fishing worms for the Thembrian High Marshall. Case endangered Baloo and Rebecca by getting them caught up in his espionage fantasies and making Colonel Spigot think they were involved in a bomb plot against the High Marshall, and in return they left him behind when they fled Thembria. Case is believed to have been incarcerated in a Thembrian prison for his irresponsible actions following his capture by Thembrian forces. His fate after this is not known.

Episode: "A Spy In The Ointment"

  • Dr. Axolotl (Rodger Bumpass), a psychotic lizard inventor who sought revenge against Shere Khan with his robot, the Mechanical Electronic Laborer or M.E.L. (David Lodge), which he reprogrammed into a highly destructive and nearly unstoppable killing machine.

Episode: "Bullethead Baloo" Rodger Bumpass (born 23 January 1959 in Jonesboro, Arkansas) is a voice actor with credits in cartoons stretching back to the The Jetsons. ...

  • Dr. Zibaldo (Dan Castellaneta), a short, manic fox mad scientist who invented a shrink ray for the purpose of fitting his clothes into luggage easier. After a mishap in which Molly Cunningham was accidentally shrunk, he abandoned his research in favor of a new "crackpot" idea: television. Needless to say, Baloo & Company were not impressed.

Episode: "The Incredible Shrinking Molly" Daniel Louis Dan Castellaneta (born October 29, 1957) is an Emmy award winning American voice actor, actor and comedian best known for providing the voice of Homer Simpson and other characters on the long-running Fox animated series The Simpsons. ...

  • Colonel Grogg (Michael Bell) was a jingoistic, paranoid and overly-excitable military intelligence officer spaniel. Obsessed with the "threat" of an alien invasion, he clandestinely monitored and recorded Baloo's radio transmissions during his phony flight to Mars, which, unbeknownst to Grogg was actually a lame attempt to scam a two-week vacation at Lake Flacid (read Lake Placid) out of Rebecca. Subsequently became convinced that a Martian invasion was imminent after Baloo faked a Martian attack over the radio in order to keep Rebecca from continually calling him. Overzealous in stopping the Martians and threatening to put those responsible in jail if it proved to be a hoax, he drug Rebecca — who was in on the "invasion" in order to teach her pilot a lesson about lying — and Wildcat along in a close encounter of the third kind at the lake. After seeing the convincing light show put on by Baloo and Kit, he went into a frenzy and attacked Baloo's camp with machine gun fire and grenades. He was soon confronted by Baloo (in a Martian outfit) and saw him "attack" Rebecca with a "flesh-melting Ooze Gun" that squirts guacamole on her. Terrified, Grogg fled from the scene to bring reinforcements led by his bulldog uncle general. Unfortunately for Grogg, upon return to the lake, not only were there no signs of an invasion (Martian or otherwise), but the only people there (actually the Higher for Hire crew posing as a "family" out on a camping trip) claimed to have seen nothing either. Embarrassed and convinced that his nephew was hallucinating (again), the General quickly busted Grogg down in rank to private, much to his disillusionment.

Episode: "War of the Weirds"

  • Prof. Martin Torqu, a Doberman inventor who sought to put Higher For Hire (and every other freelance cargo service in Cape Suzette, for that matter) out of business with his "Auto-Aviator": a coldly efficient robotic pilot that was bought by Shere Khan. After his attempt flopped in an incident with the Air Pirates, he attempted to sell his reprogrammed machines to uninterested Thembrian housewives at a miserable post in the middle of no where.

Episode: "From Here To Machinery"

  • Detective Thursday (Jack Angel), a hard-boiled canine detective who apparently runs a secret branch of the Cape Suzette police force, which is headquartered beneath a laundromat. Highly reminiscent of Humphrey Bogart. His main underlings are Officer Malarky (Jim Cummings) and Gertalin (Danny Mann).

Episode: "Vowel Play"

  • Heimlich Menudo (Kenneth Mars), a leopard criminal who is absolutely obsessed with diamonds, to the point that he practically worships them. Even has diamonds for teeth. He and his henchman Weazell (David L. Lander) tried to steal all the diamonds in Cape Suzette using a highly ambitious plan he called "The Heimlich Maneuver".

Episode: "Vowel Play"

  • Mr. Sultan, the president of Shere Khan's rival, the Miniversal Corporation. An elderly tiger, he paid Mr. Perry to steal Buzz's top secret helicopter prototype and apparently planned to pass it off as his own company's design.

Episode: "Baloo Thunder"

  • Kitten Kaboodle (Tress MacNeille), a seductive blond feline Starrywood (read "Hollywood") starlet with a husky Lauren Bacall-like voice who acts like a femme fatale and can manipulate any hapless male under her spell. She became a wedge between Baloo and Rebecca's relationship when he saved her life in an accident during a street film shoot and hires him to be a stunt pilot for her next film that's been plagued by a series of accidents by a mysterious saboteur that Rebecca discovers to be herself in order to boost her sagging popularity and poor acting skills. She outed herself during the failed plane accident she set up for the smitten Baloo (who gave her the nickname "Kiki") and was subsequently taken in by the police.

Episodes: "A Star Is Torn" "Louie's Last Stand" (cameo) Tress MacNeille (born June 20, 1951) is an American voice actress best known for providing various voices on the animated television shows The Simpsons, Futurama, and Animaniacs. ...

  • Katie Dodd (Ellen Gerstell), a vixen archaeologist who discovered the lost city of Tinabula in the desert nation of Ghaphia. This tall, feisty and voluptuous redhead has as much attitude as she does in looks and intelligence; prone to stand-offish behavior and not afraid to tell any man to go jump in a lake. However, this did not stop Baloo and Louie from showing off for her in a futile attempt to compete for her attentions.

Episodes: "For Whom The Bell Klangs" parts 1 & 2 Ellen Gerstell is an American voice actress. ...

  • Myra (Liz Georges), a petite brunette vixen dressed in khakis, a pith helmet and wears square-rimmed glasses, is the State Archaeologist and Minister of Culture for the tiny desert country of Aridia. Though not canon, many fans contend that her last name is Foxworthy. A genuinely nice, albeit somewhat absentminded woman, her sunny disposition is nearly the exact polar opposite of Katie Dodd's. Normally slow to anger, but not afraid to stand up and show some backbone when it really counts.

Episode: "In Search of Ancient Blunders"

  • Princess Lotta Lamour (Kath Soucie), the vixen crown princess of the Middle-Eastern Kingdom of Macadamia is smart, beautiful and strong in comparison to her seemingly dim-witted monarch rabbit father King Amuck and not only becomes the target for Baloo and Louie's affections during a cargo pick-up to the country, but also of the power-hungry buzzard Chancellor Trample who wants to marry her in order to run the kingdom in staging a palace coup d'etat by withholding back the tax money of the national treasury to create a public uprising that she, Baloo and Louie foil in time, which he literally begs to go to jail from their antics. Although she does like both Baloo and Louie, she doesn't fall for either one of them but is grateful for restoring her kingdom back to the rightful rulers.

Episode: "The Road to Macadamia" Kath Soucie (born February 20, 1967 in New York City) (sometimes credited as Souci or Kath E. Soucie) is an American voice actress, perhaps best known for her work as the voice of the Princess Sally of (SatAM) or the Saturday morning cartoon of Sonic The Hedgehog. ...

  • King Amuck (Howard Morris), the aged and congenial rabbit monarch of the Kingdom of Macadamia and Princess Lotta Lamour's father. Dressed in a cross between a king and a court jester, he appears at first as not too bright but is a shrewd leader who is manipulated by his scheming Royal Chancellor Trample to consider abdicating his throne by making him believe he's too incompetent to rule the people and almost allows him to marry Princess Lotta against her wishes in order to restore the faith of the monarchy. After the plot fails, Amuck frugally rewards Baloo and Louie with the cargo order of ten sacks of chocolate-covered macadamia nuts and an invoice of $192.12 that they came for in the first place.

Episode: "The Road to Macadamia" Howard Morris (September 4, 1919 – May 21, 2005) was an American comic actor and director. ...

  • Owl Capone (Maurice Lamarche), a diminutive gangster, parodying the real-life gangster "Scarface" Al Capone. He overtakes the gigantic Spruce Moose (read "Spruce Goose"), which is a giant airplane where Baloo and Rebecca go out to a swanky businessman's ball, primarily since Rebecca wished to schmooze with the wealthy clientele. Capone steals jewelry from most of the people there (except Rebecca, who didn't have any on her) and takes the people in the plane hostage twice.

Episode: "My Fair Baloo" Maurice LaMarche (born March 30, 1958) is a Canadian voice actor and former stand up comedian. ...

  • Thaddeus E. Klang (Tim Curry), leader of a cult-like organization seeking the secret weapon hidden in the lost city of Tinabula. He is a green cobra with a black cloak, warlock-like hat, metallic jaw (capable of crushing hard objects with his bites), metallic limbs, and speaks with a metallic echo to his voice (the abundance of metal being the basis for his name). He managed to pose quite a threat and even obtained the lost city's weapon (a destructive bell that utilized sonic waves), but was defeated when the weapon backfired and buried the city. Afterward, his metallic parts fell off, revealing him to simply be a regular, albeit over-sized, cobra. He would appear to still be at large, though nothing has been seen of him since.

Episodes: "For Whom The Bell Klangs" parts 1 & 2 Timothy James Curry (born April 19, 1946) is an Emmy Award-winning English actor, singer, and composer, perhaps best known for his role as mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975). ...

  • Ace London (Phil Hartman), a highly arrogant, yet highly-regarded gray wolf test pilot who went to school with Baloo, makes fun of him and his capabilities after losing a game of billiards then accidentally switches Baloo's cargo of pickles with a top-secret jet engine. When Don Karnage tries to steal the engine, the true test of the two pilots begins.

Episode: "Mach One for the Gipper" Phil Hartman (born as Philip Edward Hartmann) (September 24, 1948 – May 28, 1998) was a Canadian-United States Emmy Award-winning writer as well as an actor, voice artist, comedian and graphic artist. ...

  • Whistlestop Jackson (Hamilton Camp), Baloo's childhood hero, Whistlestop was a "hero to millions" and a "legend in his own time" for his aviation mastery and trademark bi-plane. As a younger man, he once beat out start-up entrepreneur Shere Khan on an air cargo contract, leaving Khan a bitter rival. However, by the time Rebecca hires him to be Higher for Hire's Vice President, Whistlestop's skills were sorely obsolete and he did business solely based on his reputation. Although Baloo's opinion of Whistlestop was deflated when the aging pilot bungled a trial flight of the Sea Duck and made him take the blame, the two made up and again beat Khan in securing another lucrative air cargo contract for Higher for Hire, which allowed the aviation master to retire in the great bang he'd always hoped for.

Episode: "Whistlestop Jackson, Legend" Hamilton Camp (October 30, 1934 - October 2, 2005) was a British-born singer, songwriter, and actor. ...

  • Cool Hands Luke (Ron Feinberg), a pun on the book and film Cool Hand Luke. Cool Hands is a large polar bear, rivaling Baloo in size, and has a highly aggressive and chauvinistic attitude. He makes fun of the fact that Baloo works for a woman, and presses the issue to drive business away from Higher for Hire. His winning streak in the Air Scavenger Race (achieved through cheating) was broken when Rebecca and Baloo beat him and revealed him to be a fraud.

Episode: "Feminine Air" Ron Feinberg (died January 29, 2005) is an American character actor who appeared in films and on television. ...

  • Clementine Clevenger (Kath Soucie), a tall, smart, earthy and attractive blonde feline dressed up in Western clothing with a American Southern accent, she's the unwitting secretary/court reporter/Girl Friday of the corrupt and self-appointed Sheriff Gomer Cleghorn in the small, Western frontier-type mining town of Boomstone (read "Tombstone, Arizona") owned by Khan Industries that the Higher for Hire crew of Baloo, Kit and Wildcat are forcibly landed by the unscrupulous sheriff and his dim-witted minion deputy, Wendell. Fed up with the corruption of Cleghorn for hijacking and kidnapping people to mine for the highly volatile and yet-to-be valuable substance urgonium and hording it from Khan, she (and the others) mistakes Wildcat for the corporate magnate after an explosion soots his face with tiger-like markings that makes him look like Khan (and decides to impersonate after Baloo convinces him to in order to leave), whom she has a deep admiration for. When the kidnapped "miners" hold Wildcat hostage to leave the mine, she sneaks off to phone Khan's international headquarters in Cape Suzette where she unknowingly speaks to the real Shere Khan about the situation, when she gets cut-off by a passing-by Cleghorn who locks her up in her boarding room and Khan decides to investigate his own "kidnapping." After a daring escape and rescuing Baloo and Kit from Cleghorn's jail cell, she leads them to the mine where the sheriff and deputy blow-up the entrance and decide to make their getaway just as Khan arrives by his private plane to find out what's going on. In the aftermath of catching the crooked lawmen and meeting the distant CEO, she becomes the new foreman of the urgonium mine. She appreciates Wildcat's gentleness, innocent sincerity and mechanical genius, with him having mutual feelings for her as well (calling her "Clemmie"); they both fall in love.

Episodes: "Citizen Khan" "Sheepskin Deep"(cameo)

  • Muffy and Buffy Vanderschmere, (Linda Gary (Muffy), Frank Welker (Buffy)), a fox con artist couple posing as a rich, snobbish clients who tricks Higher for Hire to transport some valuable family jewels to Hyenasport looking to get the Sea Duck in lieu of payment for the guaranteed clause for theft or lost of the jewellery as deemed by Rebecca, which they make an effort to lose the jewels at every opportunity that includes throwing them out one of the seaplane's windows and after landing at Louie's Place by putting the blame on Louie for the "stolen" jewels who find the nightclub/motel too seedy for their tastes. Later exposed by the nightclub owner as frauds wanted by the law and proving the diamonds are fakes, they're overpowered by him and Rebecca just minutes after they've taken-off with the plane. Muffy is dressed in a blue dress and wide-brimmed hat, a pearl necklace, bangles on her ankles and has blond hair (that turns out to be a wig) and Buffy is dressed like a golfer while both are imitating Bostonian blueblood accents, although Buffy does sound a bit like Thurston Howell, III.

Episodes: "A Touch of Glass" "Mach One For The Gipper," "Vowel Play," "The Golden Sprocket of Friendship," "My Fair Baloo" (cameos) Linda Gary (November 4, 1944-October 5, 1995) was a voice-over artist for countless animated projects. ...

  • Oscar Vandersnoot (Ben "Ryan" Ganger), a short, geeky-looking yellow bear cub who wears a formal jacket, shirt and bowtie with thick glasses, is a upper-crust naïve friend of Kit's who wants to join his Captain Midnight Jungle Aces club, much to the consternation of the others as one rule stipulates you must have had experienced a real adventure. A series of mishaps by Kit to help him to join are thwarted by Don Karnage to kidnap Oscar in order to get his rich parents, in particular his very overprotective mother; to pay a hefty ransom for him. On a flight on the Sea Duck where Kit, Wildcat and Baloo hatch up a plan by dressing up as pirates in order to get him into the club (and a little convincing to Rebecca and Mrs. Vandersnoot), he and the pilot are actually held hostage, along with Kit and Wildcat; by the Air Pirate leader which in turn he manages to outsmart Karnage, save himself and his friends, becomes a local hero and a honorary member of the Midnight Jungle Aces.

Episode: "Captains Outrageous"

  • Broadcast Sally (Sheryl Bernstein), a large, strong and sensual female hippopotamus with a very sultry voice who works as a popular morning disc jockey at K-CAPE radio station in Cape Suzette (so popular that her broadcast range goes as far as Thembria, which her transmission is banned by law but is heard, regardless of the penalty of imprisonment that comes with it), mainly wearing a flower print dress and big picture hat plus spritzing herself in perfume habitually. She is possibly punned in reference to the World War II-era propagandist broadcaster Axis Sally during the war against the Allies by Nazi Germany with the same type of voice and patronizing tone in her broadcasts throughout war-torn Europe and on shortwave American radio. Baloo is the constant object of her desire as he owes her about a grocery list of favours that in return she want him to repay by going on a date with her, much to his reluctance and aversion to her blackmailing methods in doing so.

Episode: "The Time Bandit"

  • Ralph Throgmorton (Ken Sansom), an immaculately-dressed gopher with round glasses works as a flight instructor for FLAP, a flight licensing regulation agency in Cape Suzette. Uptight and humorless, he goes by the well-reputed and dreaded nickname of "Love to Flunk 'Em". Throgmorton works by-the-book so meticulously in every aspect of his life, that he makes Baloo nervous, and causes him to lose his flying license (was also Baloo's driving instructor during his adolescence). In desperation, Baloo tries to find work in other fields that somehow gets him fired every time by Throgmorton in all situations, even by his bratty granddaughter Kathy (Sherry Lynn) at a carnival ride. He finally redeems himself in the instructor's eyes, and gets his license back when he rescues them all from a tight situation with the Air Pirates, after discovering they had been behind a series of oil raids and causing an energy crisis on behalf of Shere Khan.

Episode: "On a Wing and a Bear" The Disney adaptation of Rabbit In the fictional world of the book series and cartoons Winnie-the-Pooh, Rabbit is a responsible rabbit who happens to be a good friend of Winnie-the-Pooh. ...

  • Plane Jane (Susan Silo), a highly-capable female hippopotamus pilot who learned to fly from Baloo (reputedly that it took her a minute), who shares almost the same mannerisms and behavior as her former mentor. Was once a finishing school attendee with Princess Gwace of Walla Walla Bing Bang, but "never finished." Despite her show-offy attitude (never misses a chance to rub it to Baloo that she's the better pilot) and oft-sneaky, competitive nature, she also has a heart of gold underneath and would help out a friend in need.

Episode: "Waiders of the Wost Tweasure" Susan Silo is an American voice actress who does voices in cartoons and commercials. ...

  • Captain William Stansbury (Peter Reneday), a 19th-century lion naval captain who crashed his ship a hundred years ago onto what is now the island of where Louie built his nightclub on and whose ghost haunts when it is magically resurrected from during a casual night of carousing. Frightened off the island and back to Cape Suzette, both Baloo and Louie tell about the haunting to an overtired Rebecca who disbelieves them. Returning back with trepidation, the place is deserted until his apparition appears before them in solid form and is highly amoured by the businesswoman. With his handsome looks and gentlemanly manners, Rebecca becomes smitten with him, but in reality he is a snobbish, judgemental and bothersome poltergeist who prevents them from leaving the island, so Baloo and Louie try to exorcise him out of the nightclub, if rather noisily. Seducing her under the moonlight with his charms during a walk on the island, the lonely ghost wants to take Rebecca away from the real world which she falls for in her tired state of mind. Finding a Book of Spells in the ruins underneath Louie's Place that will get rid of Stansbury forever and return everything back to normal, Baloo and Louie go through a series of the Captain's tricks to maintain the fantasy with Rebecca and keep them at bay which they partially succeed. After the pilot gently convinces his tearful employer that this isn't the life for her by connecting her responsibilities with Higher for Hire and her daughter Molly, Rebecca reluctantly finishes off the spell that sends the ghostly captain back into the spirit world, promising to wait for her in the afterlife. To console her broken heart, Louie gives Rebecca the painting of Stansbury that she hangs prominently on the wall in her bedroom.

Episode: "Her Chance to Dream" Peter Renaday (born June 9, 1935 in Louisiana as Pierre L. Renoudet) is an American voice actor. ...

  • Crazy Edie (Billie Hayes), a female wild-eyed and gravelly-voiced bird mechanic con-artist who sabotages airplanes in order to charge high prices, with the help of her four cute, furry gremlins who are forced against their will to assist her with high-tech collars around their necks to carry out their acts and is accompanied by her mute alligator, Al. Found and befriended by Wildcat, who mistakes and refers to them as lobsters; helps to free them and returns them back to their home in the bayou after he and Baloo foils Edie's latest acts at a flying competition.

Episode: "The Sound and the Furry" Billie Hayes (born 1932) is an American actress best known for her comic portrayal as Witchiepoo in Sid and Marty Kroffts H.R. Pufnstuf. ...

  • Hans and Helga (Stan Jones (Hans), Joan Gerber (Helga)), the homicidal servants of the von Bruinwald Castle in Bearvaria (read Bavaria) who live to serve and kill the von Bruinwald family in order to gain their inheritance from it when Baloo becomes the latest Baron to hold the title. The raccoon butler Hans provides everything from placing a great white shark into the pool and spooking him with a family curse to make him paranoid; while the shrew housekeeper Helga dishes out poisonous meals to serve the pilot. They then go on a rampage to finish him and his houseguests off which they finally are stopped after Baloo fakes his own death with Rebecca's help, tipping off the local authorities just as the von Bruinwald family lawyer tells him they're foreclosing the castle and confiscating the fortune due to centuries of unpaid taxes.

Episode: "The Balooest of the Bluebloods" It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into Stanley Jones. ... Joan Gerber is an American voice actress, born July 29, 1935 in Detroit, Michigan. ...


Episode No. Title Airdate
1-04 Plunder and Lightning September 9, 1990 (re-aired in four parts from November 19 through November 22)
05 From Here to Machinery September 10, 1990
06 It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck September 11, 1990
07 Time Waits for No bear September 12, 1990
08 Mommy for a Day September 13, 1990
09 I Only have Ice for You September 14, 1990
10 Molly Coddled September 17, 1990
11 Polly Wants a Treasure September 18, 1990
12 Vowel Play September 19, 1990
13 The Idol Rich September 20, 1990
14 Stormy Weather September 21, 1990
15 Bearly Alive September 24, 1990
16 Her Chance to Dream September 25, 1990
17 All's Whale that Ends Whale September 26, 1990
18 The Golden Sprocket of Friendship September 27, 1990
19 For a Fuel Dollars More September 28, 1990
20 A Bad Reflection on You (1) October 1, 1990
21 A Bad Reflection on You (2) October 2, 1990
22 On a Wing and a Bear October 3, 1990
23 A Star Is Torn October 4, 1990
24 A Touch of Glass October 5, 1990
25 The Bigger They Are the Louder They Oink October 8, 1990
26 A Spy in the Ointment October 9, 1990
27 The Balooest of the Blue Bloods October 15, 1990
28 A Baloo Switcheroo October 16, 1990
29 Whistlestop Jackson, Legend October 22, 1990
30 Double or Nothing October 24, 1990
31 Feminine Air October 30, 1990
32 Last Horizons November 1, 1990
33 Flight of the Snow Duck November 5, 1990
34 Save the Tiger November 7, 1990
35 The Old Man and the Sea Duck November 8, 1990
36 War of the Weirds November 13, 1990
37 Captains Outrageous November 15, 1990
38 The Time Bandit November 23, 1990
39 For Whom the Bell Klangs (1) November 27, 1990
40 For Whom the Bell Klangs (2) November 28, 1990
41 Citizen Khan December 3, 1990
42 Gruel and Unusual Punishment December 4, 1990
43 A Jolly Molly Christmas December 20, 1990
44 My Fair Baloo December 7, 1990
45 Waiders of the Wost Tweasure January 9, 1991
46 Flight School Confidential January 10, 1991
47 Bringing Down Babyface January 17, 1991
48 Jumping the Guns January 21, 1991
49 In Search of Ancient Blunders January 30, 1991
50 Louie's Last Stand January 31, 1991
51 Sheepskin Deep February 4, 1991
52 Pizza Pie in the Sky February 5, 1991
53 Baloo Thunder February 6, 1991
54 Bullethead Baloo February 7, 1991
55 Destiny Rides Again February 8, 1991
56 Mach One for the Gipper February 11, 1991
57 Stuck on You February 12, 1991
58 The Sound and the Furry February 13, 1991
59 The Ransom of Red Chimp February 20, 1991
60 The Road to Macadamia February 21, 1991
61 Your Baloo's in the Mail February 22, 1991
62 Paradise Lost February 25, 1991
63 The Incredible Shrinking Molly April 8, 1991
64 Bygones May 3, 1991
65 Flying Dupes August 8, 1991

DVD releases

Disney released the first 27 episodes (including the 4-part pilot) of TaleSpin on DVD in Region 1 on August 29, 2006. Volume 2 of the series was released on November 13, 2007, which includes the controversial episode "Last Horizons". Disney has yet to confirm a third volume with the remaining episodes, and there is no word on whether the other controversial episode, "Flying Dupes" will be included, (see "Controversy" below).[2] Buena Vista production logo, 1950s. ... is the 241st day of the year (242nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 317th day of the year (318th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

DVD Name Release Date Eps#
Volume One August 29, 2006 23eps. with 4-part pilot.
Volume Two November 13, 2007 [1] 27 eps.
Volume Three TBA 11 eps.

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Voice impersonation

Another controversy related to TaleSpin involved the character Louie. In 2001, the widow of Louis Prima, who had voiced the scat singing orangutan in The Jungle Book, filed suit against Disney for "breach of contract, non-payment of royalties, unjust enrichment, fraud and negligent misrepresentation". At issue were back royalties owed for profits made from video and DVD sales of The Jungle Book and unauthorized use of her husband's voice and its likeness in shows like TaleSpin (Jim Cummings's impersonation of Prima's voice was near-perfect). Although the case was eventually settled out of court, Disney has since chosen to avoid any further trouble and has refrained from using the character in anything else (Louie's final appearance to date was the House of Mouse episode "King Louie"). It was due to this lawsuit that Louie was conspicuously absent from The Jungle Book 2 (2003); he is the only major Jungle Book character to never have appeared in the 2003 film. Louis Prima (December 7, 1910 – August 24, 1978) was an American entertainer, singer, actor, songwriter, and trumpeter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The House of Mouse is a Disney cartoon show where Mickey Mouse and his friends run a nighclub called The House of Mouse, which shows Disney cartons as part of its floor show. ... The Jungle Book 2 is an animated feature produced by the DisneyToons studio in Sydney, Australia and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution. ...


A monthly comic book based on the show was published by Disney Comics in 1991, running for seven issues (eleven, counting a four-issue mini-series based on the series premiere). Bobby JG Weiss was the writer for issues 1-4 and 6-7. As issue 5 was adapted from the episode 41, "The Old Man And The Sea Duck", Weiss only is credited for adaptation. A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... This advertisement for Disney Comics ran in the issues published at the milestone of their first year. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ...

The comic's cancellation seven months later terminated several planned stories that would have revealed pieces of background for the main characters. Issue 7 explored Kit's past, and how he joined up with the pirates. According to the letter page in #3, a planned story for the comic's annual would have explored the origin of the Iron Vulture. #4-7 would have letters 'answered' by the characters.

A collected edition called Disney's Cartoon Tales featuring TaleSpin came out in 1991 (ISBN 1-56115-269-2). It reprints #4 and 6 from the regular comic book series.

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TaleSpin #8

While issue #8 of the monthly comic series never made it to print, the end of issue #7 included a preview for it:

"Spies in Cape Suzette?! There are some mighty mysterious folk sniffing around Shere Khan Industries. When Special Agent Booker shows up to handle the problem he finds that battling foreign agents is easier than dealing with Baloo as an assistant in... THE SPY WHO BUGGED ME!"


At some point during the series, Baloo and Rebecca's relationship matures into a strong friendship with possible romantic overtones. In "It Came From Beneath the Sea Duck", Baloo reluctantly accompanies Rebecca on a shopping spree; in "Her Chance to Dream", Baloo becomes slightly jealous when Rebecca is courted by the ghost of a Victorian era sea captain; in the beginning of "A Star Is Torn", the two have a dinner date as "friends". Baloo's statement to Rebecca of "Remember the last time we went out?" suggests that this is not their first date; In "Feminine Air", when Rebecca reveals that she could tell her co-pilot "Tan Margret" was really Baloo in drag, she calls Baloo her "best friend"; "Gruel and Unusual Punishment" both Baloo and Rebecca ready themselves to go the annual Pilot's Ball with her getting a new dress (which is a leftover from "Her Chance to Dream") and him losing weight when she threatens to take someone else and they get just a little bit closer (but not a lot) in the closing moments of "My Fair Baloo." In addition, at the end of "Lost Horizons," Rebecca clearly shouts with joy at Baloo's escape from certain death, "I love you, Baloo!" The Victorian era of the United Kingdom marked the height of the British Industrial Revolution and the apex of the British Empire. ... Ann-Margret Ann-Margret (born April 28, 1941) is a Swedish-born actress and singer. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


  • Prior to Talespin, voice actors Ed Gilbert and R.J. Williams starred as father and son in the NBC cartoon Kissyfur.
  • Kit Cloudkicker's first name is leftover from a never produced Disney TVA series called "Metro Mice" which starred two mice detective: Colt Chedderson and Kit Colby. Metro Mice eventually evolved into Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.
  • Don Karnage's massive airship, the Iron Vulture was originally going to be called the Sky Shark. It also had a much more fishlike appearance in the early concept art.
  • Baloo is the only character to appear in all 65 episodes
  • In one episode of the Aladdin cartoon the Genie, Princess Jasmine, Abu and Iago attempt to stop an evil genie by flying a plane very similar in design to the Sea Duck. Genie is dressed as Baloo, and resembles him facially; Jasmine is dressed like Rebecca, Abu like Louie, and Iago like Kit.
  • The plot for episode 38, "The Time Bandit" was recycled from an episode of DuckTales, "Allowance Day", which premiered less than eight months earlier.

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  1. ^ Creator Jymn Magon Interview on Tale Spin EMUCK webpage
  2. ^ http://www.ultimatedisney.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=14984

External links

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