TaleSpin is an American animated television series based in the fictional city of Cape Suzette. The name of the show is a play on "tailspin": the rapid, commonly fatal descent of an aircraft in a steep spiral.
The two words in the show's name, tale and spin are a way to describe telling a story. After a preview of The Disney Afternoon that aired on the Disney Channel in May , 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 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 , later nominated for another Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program Entire Series in the same year. However, reruns continued to be shown on the Disney Afternoon through Afterwards, it was moved to the Disney Channel and later to Toon Disney.
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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. Also, many of the series concepts seem to be based on the 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. There are also many similarities to Hayao Miyazaki 's film Porco Rosso about an anthropomorphic pig who flies a seaplane and fights air pirates. 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.
The opening in the cliffs is guarded by anti-aircraft artillery, preventing flying rabblerousers 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 's, probably the year ; the helicopter and jet engine are experimental devices and most architecture is reminiscent of the art deco style of that period. Also, in one episode the characters talk about the newly invented jet-motor and the possibility of flying faster than the speed of sound.
The series centered on the adventures of bush pilot Baloo the bear, whose failing 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". 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 s and '40s like Raiders of the Lost Ark. Their adventures often involve encounters with a gang of Air Pirates led by Don Karnage , representatives of Thembria, which is a parody of the Stalinist Soviet Union inhabited by anthropomorphic warthogs, or other, often even stranger obstacles.
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Initially, Disney simply commissioned Magon and Zaslove with creating a thirty-minute animated program for them, with no requirements as to what the show should be about. Nearing the deadline for a pitch without having come up with anything, Magon hit upon the idea of making the story about Baloo , one of the central characters of Disney's The Jungle Book, which had recently been theatrically rereleased. Inspired by Cheers — then one of the most popular programs on television — Magon and Zaslove created the character Rebecca, basing her on the character Rebecca Howe and giving her that character's arc of being an intelligent and headstrong yet inexperienced manager put in charge of a fledgling business.
Deciding to make the show a period piece, the pair lastly decided to make one of the show's primary locations a neutral zone inspired by Rick Blaine 's bar in Casablanca , where they inserted the character of Louie in place of Rick. The decision to add Shere Khan to the cast was not made until later in the show's development. After a preview of TaleSpin aired on The Disney Channel from May 5 to July 15, ,   the series began its syndicated run in September of the same year.
The show was often seen either on its own as a half-hour show, or as part of the two-hour syndicated programming block The Disney Afternoon. TaleSpin ended on its 65th episode which aired on August 8, However, reruns continued to be shown on The Disney Afternoon until September Throughout its broadcast history, the series has been subjected to numerous edits.
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The city lies in a harbor protected by an enormous natural cliff wall. A single cleft in the wall is the harbor's only means of access. The cleft is guarded by anti-aircraft artillery , preventing flying rabble-rousers or air pirates from entering the city. The characters in the world of TaleSpin are anthropomorphic animals though normal wild animals exist too, but no humans. The time frame of the series is never specifically addressed, but appears to be in the mid-to-late s, possibly in the last stages of the Great Depression.
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In the show, the helicopter , television and jet engine are experimental devices, and most architecture is reminiscent of the Art Deco style of that period. In one episode, Baloo comments that " The Great War ended 20 years ago,"  thus indicating that the series takes place in or around Radio is the primary mass medium, and one episode even briefly alludes to the characters having never heard of television.
The series centers on the adventures of bush pilot Baloo the bear, whose air cargo freight business, "Baloo's Air Service", is poached by Rebecca Cunningham upon his default on delinquent bills with the bank run by the criminal tiger Shere Khan and renamed "Higher for Hire". An orphan boy and former air pirate, the ambitious Grizzly Kit Cloudkicker , attaches to Baloo and becomes his navigator. He sometimes calls him "Papa Bear".
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 s and s, like the Tailspin Tommy movies, and contemporary variations, such as Raiders of the Lost Ark. Their adventures often involve encounters with a gang of air pirates led by Don Karnage , as well as with representatives of Thembria a parody of the Stalinist Soviet Union inhabited by anthropomorphic Warthogs , or other, often even stranger obstacles.
In deference to contemporary sensitivities, there is no equivalent of the Nazis in the series, although one story in Disney Adventures Magazine , "The Dogs of War! The relationship between Baloo and Rebecca owes something to the screwball comedy films of the s. More precisely, according to Jymn Magon co-creator of the series , the two characters were fashioned after Sam Malone and Rebecca Howe from the then-popular sitcom Cheers. Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released the complete series on DVD; three volumes have been released in Region 1 featuring all 65 episodes of the series.
The first volume was released on August 29, containing episodes 1—27 and the second on November 13, containing episodes 28— TaleSpin : Volume 3 received a wide retail DVD release on January 13, ,   and has been seen as a Wal-Mart Exclusive in Canada since October 12, ,  and in the United States since October 14, ,  prior to the general January release date. The series has been released into several volumes in different countries, each containing only 4 episodes each. The sets contain the episodes in the same order as the US releases, as well as a Fastplay feature and 6 language tracks: English, Danish, German, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish, but no subtitles have been added.
A Second Collection, containing 16 episodes, was released on March 7. A Third Collection, containing 17 episodes, was released on May