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|The original concept was in the introductory television movie "Plunder and Lightning" in 1991 and was later turned into four half-hour episodes for reruns. TaleSpin ended on its 65th episode which ran in 1991. However, reruns continued to be shown on The Disney Afternoon until September 1994. Afterwards, it was moved into Disney Channel and later into Toon Disney, where it aired untill May 2008.
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. Kit Cloudkicker seems to be a stand-in for Mowgli of The Jungle Book, since Baloo calls him by the same nicknames as Mowgli, like "Little Britches" and "Baby Bear" with the former calling the latter "Papa-bear" in return. Shere Khan's soldiers are black panthers, resembling Bagheera. Despite its strong likeliness and the re-use of several characters from the film, Talespin has never been intended to be a "spin-off" or a parody of The Jungle Book. 
There is also a more than passing resemblance to Hayao Miyazaki's film Porco Rosso about a pigheaded man who flies a seaplane and fights air pirates, which the creators of Talespin explain by the influence the previous Miyazaki's films had on them, and the possibility of Miyazaki watching Talespin at some point. While the film was released in 1992 (two years after TailSpin had already aired).
TaleSpin is set in the city of Cape Suzette. The year of the series is never really addressed, but appears to be in the mid to late 1930s. Devices such as the helicopter, television and jet engine are experimental, and most architecture is of the art deco style of that period.
The series centered on the bush pilot Baloo the bear, whose air cargo business, "Baloo's Air Service," is bought by Rebecca Cunningham and renamed "Higher for Hire." An orphan boy and former air pirate, Kit Cloudkicker, attaches to Baloo and becomes his navigator, and then there's a "spaced out" lion mechanic, Wildcat.Together, they are the crew of Higher for Hire's only aircraft, a modified Conwing L-16 (a fictional combination of a Fairchild C-119 transport and a Grumman HU-16 amphibian), named the Sea Duck.
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