TaleSpin (1990–1991)
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Plunder & Lightning 

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 cast overview:
Charlie Adler ... Mad Dog (voice)
Jim Cummings ... Don Karnage / Louie (voice)
Pat Fraley ... Wildcat (voice)
Ed Gilbert ... Baloo (voice)
Tony Jay ... Shere Khan (voice)
Chuck McCann ... Dumptruck / Gibber (voice)
Janna Michaels Janna Michaels ... Molly Cunningham (voice)
Rob Paulsen ... Ratchet / Dr. Debolt (voice)
Sally Struthers ... Rebecca Cunningham (voice)
Frank Welker ... Additional Voices (voice)
R.J. Williams ... Kit Cloudkicker (voice)


In the series premiere, Baloo, an air cargo pilot, meets Kit Cloudkicker, a 12-year-old orphan, and takes him on as his navigator. He also loses his business to Rebecca Cunningham, a business major who becomes his boss. Meanwhile, Don Karnage, a notorious air pirate, uses a special gem stolen from Shere Khan's company, Khan Industries, to power a lightning gun and threaten Cape Suzette.

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Release Date:

7 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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The title is referred to thunder & lightning. 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 »


Kit Cloudkicker: [seeing the jewel Don Karnage has stolen] For me? Aw, you shouldn't 'a!
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Alternate Versions

This pilot episode was later split into four separate parts for syndication, unfortunately resulting in severe cuts for time. See more »


Follows TaleSpin (1990) See more »


Home Is Where the Heart Is
Words and Music by Michael Silversher and Patty Silversher
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Rip roaring battle of the air pirates
29 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

'Talespin' has always been a show dear to my heart. One of those favourites from a young age that holds up really well, and is even more entertaining through adult eyes from appreciating the writing and stories even more.

Have been on a roll reviewing individual episodes for certain shows, animated, non-animated and of as many genres as possible (many as part of certain quests), and decided to do it with 'Talespin' and some others. Something that, as expected and hoped, has proven to be a more than worthwhile project and experience. "Plunder & Lightning" is a wonderful way to start and is still one of my favourite 'Talespin' episodes.

The animation is very colourful and atmospheric as always. The music matches what is going on perfectly and it is impossible to forget or resist the theme song, one of the catchiest for anything Disney and ever. "Sky Pirates" also sticks in the head for a long time.

Writing is witty, very funny without being too silly and thought-probing without being complicated. Things don't get too childish and it is all easy to follow. The story is hugely compelling and lively in pace without being rushed, and executes a nice idea imaginatively with a bucket-load of action and adventure.

Baloo and Louie throughout 'Talespin' were such a great double act, they already have distinct personalities that are funny and likeable and their chemistry sparkles, though Baloo features here much more. Don Karnage is among my favourites of the supporting/recurring characters, his cunning and ruthlessness makes him very memorable. Shere Khan is suitably suave and menacing and Kit is neither too cute or too bratty, an appealing kid rather than an annoying one and his chemistry with Baloo has heart. Rebecca is charming and suitably shrewd and ambitious without it going overboard that it grates.

Voice acting is terrific, Jim Cummings as Karnage taking the top honours. He is also amusing as Louie while Ed Gilbert is a spirited Baloo. Sally Struthers and RJ Williams are also on the money and Tony Jay couldn't have been a more perfect successor to George Sanders voicing Shere Khan.

Overall, wonderful. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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