Talespin (lost Phil Harris audio recordings from Disney Channel animated series; 1990)

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Titlecard for the show.

Status: Lost

Talespin was a popular animated series that aired as part of the Disney Afternoon block from 1990 to 1991.

Premise[edit | edit source]

The series is a loose spin-off of Disney animated film The Jungle Book (1967); Baloo, Louie, and Shere Khan are major characters, though their personalities are somehow different from those of the original movie, and they are more anthropomorphized (wearing clothes and Khann standing like a human).

The plot follows the adventures of intrepid airplane pilot Baloo and his ward Kit, as they deliver packages for Higher for Hire using Baloo's pontoon plane.

Phil Harris's Performance[edit | edit source]

Since Phil Harris, Baloo's original voice actor from The Jungle Book, was still active in voice acting, the show's creators initially wanted him to reprise his role as Baloo; however, after test recordings, his voice was determined to have changed too much with age, at which point he was replaced by Ed Gilbert.

Availability[edit | edit source]

There are conflicting reports as to exactly how much was recorded with Phil. One source says up to 5 episodes worth of lines were recorded before being re-casted, whereas others hint that it was less than a single episode. The status of these recordings is unknown. It is possible they are somewhere in a Disney recording studio, but it is more likely that they were disposed of.

See Also[edit | edit source]

Disney Animated Films[edit | edit source]

Disney Channel[edit | edit source]

Playhouse Disney[edit | edit source]

Disney Junior[edit | edit source]

Toon Disney[edit | edit source]

Disney XD[edit | edit source]

Other[edit | edit source]

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