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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: During a New York Comic Con panel, Word of God said that Cheers did have a big influence on the cartoon.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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  • 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
  • Shout-Out: Portray Cape Suzette as home of the "Capitalist Swine" and Thembria as "Commies". Looks like it foreshadows something in a very very fun video game in Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 where Cape Suzette is the Allies and Thembria is the Soviets.
  • 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 play Baloo again for the show, however his vocal range was thought to have aged too much following auditions, and soundalike Ed Gilbert took the role instead.
    • Some people who worked on the show, however feel Phil Harris still sounded young enough to voice Baloo, and the real reason he was passed over was because he would have been too expensive to pay every episode. (His performance in Rock-A-Doodle the same year as the show's second season demonstrates how flexible his voice still was)
      • 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. This actually makes sense and explains why Kit does bear a certain resemblance to Rebecca and the 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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