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TaleSpin, Volume 1 (1990)

Ed Gilbert , R.J. Williams  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ed Gilbert, R.J. Williams, Sally Struthers, Jim Cummings, Pat Fraley
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), French (Unknown)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 29, 2006
  • Run Time: 617 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9MVA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,511 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "TaleSpin, Volume 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 27 episodes on 3 discs

Editorial Reviews

The ever-swinging Baloo from Disney's Jungle Book has taken up flying and is now the proud pilot of his very own bush plane--problem is, Baloo's laid-back, "work only when you want to" attitude is definitely not conducive to running a thriving business. Add in a young orphan bear named Kit Cloudkicker who's befriended Baloo and stolen a valuable treasure from a band of pirates led by the evil Don Karnage and a newly graduated business major Rebecca Cunningham who's recently purchased the deeds to Baloo's plane and cabin, and you've got an animated series that simply explodes with adventure and conflict. This three-disc, animated DVD set includes the 1990 four-part television pilot and 23 additional one and two-part episodes. The plots encompass everything from piracy and circus performing, to childrearing, oil shortages, and the unexpected importance of good spelling, but what always remains constant is Baloo's willingness to stand up and fight for his friends and what is right, even in the face of the toughest enemy. Throughout his adventures, Baloo also encounters many old acquaintances from the jungle including the corporate maverick Shere Kahn and the ever-cool nightclub operator Louie. (Ages 3 to 10) --Tami Horiuchi

Product Description

Available for the first time ever on DVD, TALESPIN features beloved JUNGLE BOOK star Baloo the bear in his very own series. Happy-go-lucky pilot Baloo and his navigator Kit Cloudkicker are the intrepid flight crew for a cargo company owned by expert businesswoman Rebecca Cunningham. Throughout their travels, Baloo and Kit encounter familiar characters like the tree-swinging nightclub manager King Louie and corporate big shot Shere Khan. There's excitement at every turn as our heroes face off against Don Karnage and his band of evil Air Pirates, with only Baloo's skills and Kit's wits to save them. With three discs packed with laughs and thrills, the sky's the limit with TALESPIN!

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spin it! August 29, 2006
First of all, I'm glad that the pilot episodes are being released regardless of whether they are the 100% correct version. Ducktales and Chip N' Dale's Rescue Rangers (CNDRR) didn't even have any version of their pilot episodes. That fact alone makes Talespin a superior release.

Secondly, I could get nitpicky, but whether they released the edited "movie-ized" version of the pilot episodes or the actual 5-part separate version doesn't matter to me much. I'm just glad this piece of animation gold is finally out.

Thirdly, Talespin is the series that ruled all other series. It gets better and better each time I see it. It has that fun adventure feel that the Gummi Bears had. And unlike CNDRR, Ducktales, or Darkwing Duck it kept it stories edgy and interesting without over resorting to cutsie-wootsie episodes (except the Molly ones). The story revolved around a man-child (bear-cub) called Baloo. So while he was childish in nature the stories took place in the adult world for the most part.

Finally, killer animation, great characters, interesting twists on the roaring 20s/30s, and Baloo "The Greatest Bear Ever" make this truly the crown jewel of Disney television animation.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
TaleSpin was THE SHOW I used to watch on weekday mornings before going to elementary school!!! This is taking me waaaay back!! A true classic!! I just love this whole DVD thing!!!! They could never do this with VHS tapes. (Sigh) I love you, Disney!!!! This is one of those great shows I never thought I'd get to see again--like DuckTales, Chip & Dale's Rescue Rangers, and Darkwing Duck (which will be out on the same day as TaleSpin). Awesome!!!!!! YESSSS!!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to say thanks to the team, including the staff and voice cast who helped create this masterpiece back in the good ol' carefree days of 1990 and '91 (for me, at least) FINALLY, my favorite animated series on DVD. One down, two more to go!! This first edition contains "Plunder & Lightning" (I don't have the DVD yet, but another Spinner friend tells me it's the four-part edited version) =( - other ep's appear to be complete, though. At least it's assured that the episodes have not been altered or major edits processed. Any comments please visit my TaleSpin and Baloo website. Just type my name - I will have a tribute to Tony Jay (and my 2003 interview with the voice of Shere Khan) up shortly. Peace - Joe Goria
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! October 18, 2006
By T.E.
It's been years since I had seen thsi show properly. I was about 8 when it first came on and remember watching this fondly in reruns in the early 90's.

Compared to most of the AHDD-inducing cartoons out there today, it's good to go back and relive classic cartoon memories with this set. I'm so glad that Disney has finally released it on DVD for us.

Sure, you don't get snazzy bonus features and some people complain about the pilot or an episode being censored or uncut, but you know what? Who cares! I could never tell the difference when I watched these episodes. Extras would've been a nice treat, but not necessary to enjoy this great show.

This box set of Volume 1 of Talespin gets 5 stars, simply because it's a show that, if you haven't watched, you should give it a try. Hopefully kids of today will pick up these DVD's and cherish them like we did when we were children back then.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still fun! November 13, 2006
By Debby
As always the concern with shows you loved as a kid: will it be as good when you watch it as an adult? Alas, usually the answer to that question is no.

However, my boyfriend and I took a chance on this DVD and I must say it is one show that retains its excellence all these years later! The animation is clean (not yet outsourced, I think), the plots don't have holes, and the jokes are funny (and clean!). (Don Carnage- portrait of villainy, yes/no?)

I am hoping Duck Tails and Chip n' Dale's Rescue Rangers are as good a buy as Tail Spin is.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disney TV animation at its peak April 22, 2007
It took some doing - and a lot of sessions on the treadmill - but I finally have completed watching the first 27 episodes of this marvelous Disney TV series. IMHO, only "DuckTales" surpasses it in the DTVA canon. It does have its flaws - most noticeably, a failure to develop a large number of exceptionally one-shot characters into series regulars, and a little too much willingness to slot "ol' Baloo" into plots once shouldered by Fred Flintstone - but the ambience, the quality of storytelling, and the unique personality and background of Kit Cloudkicker, arguably DTVA's best original juvenile creation, simply cannot be matched. An absolute must for serious TV-toon buffs (not to mention "furry" fans - you know who you are).
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Spin It January 10, 2007
This is the greatest cartoon ever made. That dosen't sound biased at all right? I loved this cartoon growing up and watching them again is like reliving a simpler time. This show is just a good as when I was a kid which is not true for many of the things I liked then. When I finished this set the only thing I wanted for was another set with the shows that I remembered while watching this series. I love the style of the planes and the backgrounds all inspired by the 20's, and 30's. I didn't realise this but I owe my love of Strawberry soda to this show. I love the characters all adapted from the Jungle Book movie. Even that sort of rminds me of the old Hollywood system where one studio would use the same cast of actors in different movies.

Kids should see this, adults should see this.

As good as the cartoon is the DVD's are bad. There is no remastering, there is no superior audio quality. Not one special feature to be found. As good as these shows were and as much as they were the Disney cartoons a generation grew up with; Disney just dosen't care about quality anymore.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Lots of fun...
I used to watch this after school most days and rewatching it all these years later was a lot of fun and brought back some good memories. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jennifer Reid
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the good stuff
Just like I remember, back when cartoons were worth watching and didn't look like they were drawn by a crack addict. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Southern survivor
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as i remembered with my children
Saw this and thought my grandkids would love it. They did! When they come to visit it's what they ask to whatch now. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jerry L Hood
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic cartoon show
This is an excellent classic cartoon series. You will enjoy watching this and can share this with your family. It is a very family friendly show. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Ninja_008
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE LOVE LOVE
My husband requested I get this DVD for our kids - he liked it as a child, and I had no recollection of it. My 3 1/2 year old son LOVES this. Read more
Published 1 month ago by djcj005
5.0 out of 5 stars Little Britches...
Balou...Little Britches...Louie...Rebecca Cunningham!! This is a great little show that needs to come back on the air. Nice to finally own it!
Published 1 month ago by Charity R. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for my son for Christmas.
My son loves this DVD. He had asked for it. To him it's a classic. He will keep it forever.
Published 2 months ago by Gwen Farrell
5.0 out of 5 stars my 10yr old and 6 yr old love!
I told my boys that I grew up watching this show and they would love, they did not believe me, until they started watching. Now they don't want to watch anything else! Read more
Published 3 months ago by TERRI MICHELLE RUSSELL
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
I grew up on this cartoon so watching with my daughter was great. She enjoyed watching this cartoon. The DVD is also in good quality.
Published 3 months ago by Rachel Faulkner
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd to buy
it brings back memories from Disney channel its like the jungle book combined with their characters like scrooge mcduck and chip n dale this is the best
Published 3 months ago by joshua lenhart
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Volume 2 coming November 13, 2007
I could be one of those folks who stand in line for a couple of hours before Best Buy opens in my area. Then Again..maybe not!!! Spinners are waiting for this volume with excitement. I can't wait for Amazon..I can afford to wait for The Weather Channel Jazz CD but I cannot wait for TaleSpin!!!... Read more
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