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  • Completely Different Title: In Sweden the show is called "Luftens Hjältar", meaning "Heroes of the Air". This is a shout out to the Swedish title of Rudyard Kipling's novel "Captains Courageous" which is "Havets Hjältar" (Heroes of the Sea).
  • Creator Backlash: Despite providing additional voices for the show, Corey Burton once admitted that he doesn't think too highly of it. In particular, he felt that Disney's TV Animation division robbed Phil Harris of the role of Baloo (see below) and that, if they couldn't get him to reprise the iconic character, they should have just made up a new one, especially since he felt that most of Baloo's dialogue was too out of character for him.
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  • Cut Song: A scene in the TV movie "Plunder & Lightning" where Rebecca sings "Home Is Where The Heart Is", a lullaby to Molly as Kit listens in was cut for time when it was split into four episodes.
  • Edited for Syndication: Disney's iTunes/Amazon Video streaming uses the censored cuts.
  • Follow the Leader: Word of God has said that the show was heavily influenced by Cheers, another popular Work Com from the time.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The last 11 episodes were completely unavailable on DVD for many years, but they were finally released exclusively through the Disney Movie Club in June of 2013, and through stores a couple of years later. This also makes TaleSpin the first of The Disney Afternoon shows to completely avert this trope.
    • Played straight regarding the original feature-length version of the pilot, which had several additional or alternate scenes compared to the syndicated version of the four episodes, as well as an additional song. The likelihood of that ever seeing a home video release is slim.
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  • Market-Based Title: The show somehow became Captain Baloo in Germany[1]. Maybe Disney thought that the Punny Name title won't translate well into German. It's either that or they were trying to compete with another famous bear captain in Germany.
  • Missing Episode: Both "Flying Dupes" and "Last Horizons" were pulled from reruns (they're on the DVD sets).
  • Name's the Same: Dougie Benson from "Louie's Last Stand" is no relation to comedian Doug Benson.
  • The Other Darrin:
    • Kit was voiced by two actors—first Alan Roberts, then R.J. Williams. "A Bad Reflection on You" uses both Roberts and Williams; it's difficult to tell them apart, but you can do it if you're familiar with the subtle differences in their voices and you listen carefully.
    • R.J. Williams is Kit in "A Bad Reflection on You" part 1, and Alan Roberts is Kit in the "A Bad Reflection on You" part 2. The key to telling their voices apart is that R.J. Williams, who was Kit in "Mommy For A Day" and "Captains Outrageous" sounds a little bit older than Alan Roberts who was Kit in "Stormy Weather" and "The Time Bandit".
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  • The Other Marty: Allegedly Phil Harris was hired to record lines for at least five episodes before Disney decided to replace him with soundalike Ed Gilbert (see below), who also rerecorded Harris' work.
  • Relationship Voice Actor: This ain't the first time R.J. Williams (Kit) and Ed Gilbert (Baloo) worked on a cartoon together. An NBC cartoon called Kissyfur had Williams and Gilbert as the main character and his father, respectively.
    • Also Ed Gilbert, Charlie Adler, & Pat Fraley all worked together on Bravestarr
  • Shrug of God: Co-Creator, Jymn Magon, has refused to divulge information on Kit's origin's before meeting Baloo or even Don Karnage.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • The Sea Duck was originally intended as a vehicle for Launchpad McQuack for his own cargo service in an unused story idea for DuckTales (1987).
    • Phil Harris was apparently to reprise his role as Baloo and had even recorded some lines, but the producers felt his voice had aged too much by that point (though conflicting reports from others present have argued that it had more to do with Harris being too expensive for a weekly series) and he was replaced by soundalike Ed Gilbert.
    • In the writers' bible, Shere Khan was named "Mr. Downs", and Don Karnage was named "Anthrax" (and wore no pants). Also, Spigot and Dunder were originally designed as cats.
    • Kit was originally supposed to be Rebecca's son, looking for a father figure and finding one in Baloo, which would explain why he bears (hehe) a certain resemblance to Rebecca and has a sibling-like relationship with Molly.
  • The Wiki Rule: Has a wiki here.
  • Don Rosa wrote "It Came from Beneath the Sea Duck" and "I Only Have Ice for You".


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