TaleSpin: This show focused on the adventures of Baloo the bear (yes, from The Jungle Book), working as a pilot for an air cargo freight business in the tropical paradise of Cape Suzette (sadly, Cape Suzette is not real. Trust me, I’ve looked into it.). Baloo’s business is bought out by a sassy Rebecca Cunningham when Baloo is delinquent in payment (sending a good message to little girls the world over – ladies, you CAN have it all…if the “all” you’re seeking is to be a bear and order around a snarky pilot who you have a secret crush on). The possibilities for romance between Baloo and Rebecca are seemingly endless, but (spoiler alert) it never actually happens. Baloo is joined by his second in command – orphan boy and former air pirate Kit Cloudkicker (think Yogi and Boo-Boo but with more heart), and this rag-tag bunch gets into a series of misadventures as they fight to prevent air pirates and other would-be street toughs from entering their fair city. These cubs are the unsung heroes of Cape Suzette, but tales of their bravery in thwarting off constant and unwelcome attempts at invasion by bad-news-wolf Don Karnage will live on in 90s lore. AND in this blog.
At this point, I could go into pages of discussion and analysis as to why I loved each of these shows, the lessons I took away from them and how each had a hand in turning me into the well-adjusted, idle-minded lady I am today, but I can sum it up with just five words: Disney Afternoon Equals Pure Bliss.