TaleSpin: Season 1, Episode 0

Plunder & Lightning (7 Sep. 1990)

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A young orphan cub with a valuable jewel hooks up with an daring bush pilot against Air Pirates determined to recover it.

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Episode credited cast:
Mad Dog (voice) (as Charlie Adler)
Don Karnage / Louie (voice) (as Jim Cummings)
Wildcat (voice) (as Pat Fraley)
Ed Gilbert ...
Baloo (voice)
Shere Khan (voice) (as Tony Jay)
Dumptruck / Gibber (voice) (as Chuck McCann)
Janna Michaels ...
Ratchet / Dr. Debolt (voice)
Additional Voices (voice)
R.J. Williams ...
Kit Cloudkicker (voice)


In a fantasy world populated by humanoid animals, Air Pirates, led by the infamous Don Karnage, steal a treasure from a Khan Industries transport plane, only to have it snatched by a young cub, Kit Cloudkicker. Making his escape, he hooks a ride to Louie's club where he meets up with Baloo the bush pilot. Together they find themselves the target of the Pirates' constant pursuit that eventually costs Baloo's beloved plane which comes under the ownership of Rebecca Cunningham who keeps the bear on as a staff pilot. However, the pirates have other plans as they continue their quest which has far greater implications than simply the item itself. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Many of the main characters in the series (Louie, Baloo, Shere Khan, etc.) are taken from Disney's The Jungle Book (1967) with some updating (wearing clothes for example). See more »


The appearance of the Sea Duck covered with the rubber tires changes between shots during the battle against the air pirates after taking off from the dock. See more »


Don Karnage: Lookity look!
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Follows TaleSpin (1990) See more »


Sky Pirates
Words and Music by Michael Silversher and Patty Silversher
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Excellent Way to Start A Series - WARNING! Possible Spoilers Ahead
17 May 2004 | by (Porters Lake Nova Scotia) – See all my reviews

This is the pilot episode that started out as a two hour movie on the Disney Channel. The plot sounds simple enough: A pack of Air Pirates led by Don Karnage steals a treasure box containing something very valuable. However; as Don was about to proclaim victory a young bearcub steals the box from Don and escapes the Iron Vulture. Known as Kit Cloudkicker he relucently finds refuge with a grey bear pilot know as Baloo who is having problems of his own as his own laziness and partying have finally caught up with him when his airplane the SeaDuck is one day away from being reprocessed due to Baloo's inability to pay...and that's just the start of the troubles.

I'm only giving away just a little of this story because this is one of the best stories ever written by the Disney Company...ever. It is surprisingly well done and had a great balance of comedy, adventure and action that pleases me both as a child when I first saw this and now as an adult as for some odd reason it seems to get even better the more I watch it now. The artwork is beautiful as was the series in general; although the first two acts were done by Walt Disney Animation France which made the switch over to Walt Disney Animation Japan's animation in act three a little confusing. The music is great as always from Christopher L. Stone. I did finds some of the songs to be a little inconsistent. I wasn't impressed with "I'm Gone"...and Sally Struthers singing "Home Is Where The Heart Is" although the scene (which is cut from the syndication four episode run of this film by the way) was considered to me the best turning points in the movie. The other song was the "Sky Pirates Theme" and it was the best...and the first act was lacking a bit of the thrill that it was designed for; but it was still good enough to keep me interested until the end.

Overall; Plunder and Lightning is considered one of the best television animation pilots out there and also won and Emmy award for its trouble....It's not hard to understand why as Jymn Magon and Mark Zaslove delievered a fun 1 1/2 hour television film that nearly everyone can enjoy. Plus; it shows at furry animal characters can dance and kick butt at the same time too. **** 3/4 out of *****

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