I already watched this episode of TaleSpin a while back, so this review has been on the back burner for a couple weeks while I worked on other stuff. It’s no secret that I loved TaleSpin as a kid, and while a lot of the romance has faded, we’re still friends.

As a kid, I don’t think I liked this episode much (I got a bad vibe watching it this time around), but this time around, I find myself wishing the inventor Martin Torque had returned to the show, either as an Enemy Mine sort of ally, or a recurring antagonist.

I think I got upset whenever Baloo failed at something, so him taking the solo flight without a copilot, or at least his trusty navigator, was probably very frustrating as a kid. There was no explanation as to why Baloo flew by himself, but either his idiotic pride or the rules of the competition probably had something to do with it.

Looking back on it, I don’t see why the Auto-Aviator was scrapped, either. They’re still going to be less expensive, and while far from perfect, having a mix of real and robotic pilots, or maybe having them as a backup in case the pilot is taken out would have been a great use for them. It hurts to see good world-building go to waste.