Plunder and Lightning

Season 1, Ep 1, Aired 9/7/90
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  • Episode Description
  • In this one-hour pilot, we're introduced to our cast. Don Carnage, pirate of the air, has just stolen a special jewel. When he and his men gather around to admire it, it's snatched up by Kit Cloudkicker who makes a daring escape from the Iron Vulture. Kit then hitches a ride to Louie's, where ace pilot Baloo is partying. When he starts back to Cape Suzette in his plane 'The Sea Duck,' Kit sneaks on. When Baloo finds out, he allows Kit to come back with him since he has no place to go. Once back at home, Baloo shows Kit his courier business. But soon after, it and the Sea Duck are soon repossessed and given to Rebecca Cunningham. Wanting to get his business and plane back, Baloo starts searching for fast money making plans. When Kit tells Baloo about the jewel he stole from the pirates, they decide to cash it in. But there's a larger story behind the jewel including it's worth in general, it's worth the Shere Khan, and it's worth the entire city of Cape Suzette.moreless

  • Cast & Crew
  • Kenneth Mars

    Professor Buzz

  • Dan Castellaneta

    Additional Voices

  • Tim Curry

    Additional Voices

  • Sally Struthers

    Rebecca Cunningham

  • Julie Uribe


  • Fan Reviews (3)
  • About this TV film

    By JordanWelch, Oct 13, 2012

  • By far the best episode of the series.

    By LaserAlloy, Feb 21, 2012

  • One of the Best!!

    By tone-master21, Dec 13, 2006

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (7)

    • Baloo: Wildcat, meet Rebecca Cunningham, our new boss. Wildcat: Really? You smell pretty good for a boss! Rebecca: Thanks...

    • (Shere Khan's carnivorous plants prepare to eat his "yes-man") Khan: I've discovered that business is like a jungle. There are the eaters... and there are the eatens. (Khan rescues his terrified yes-man from the plants) Khan: Find those pirates. Yes-Man: Yes, sir!

    • (Kit steals the Stone from Don Karnage) Kit: For me? Aw, you shouldn'ta! Karnage: Well, it was nothing really-- STOP THAT BOY!!!

    • (Baloo ransoms the Stone to Shere Khan)
      Baloo: What might it be worth to ya?
      Khan: Well, Mr. Baloon--
      Baloo: That's Baloo.
      Khan: Yes. That "stone," as you call it, is an electrical alloy developed by my scientists. What would you say to... a hundred?
      Baloo: A hundred lousy bucks?!
      : A hundred THOUSAND lousy bucks.
      Baloo: A hundred thousand?!
      Kit: Dollars?!

    • (The nature of the Stone is explained by Dr. Debolt) Debolt: The Stone is actually a Sub-Electron Amplifier, which means it can create unlimited amounts of electricity - Enough to run all of Mr. Khan's businesses. But, we were only able to create one stone, and it-- (Shere Khan suddenly grabs Debolt by the neck) Khan: Thank you, Doctor.

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    Notes (3)

    • Plunder & Lightning was adapted into a 4 issue comic miniseries prior to a shortlived monthly comic.

    • The TV film won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program (For Programming More Than One Hour).

    • This TV movie later aired in four parts.

    Trivia (7)

    • Don Karnage says to Kit: "well, my reckless reptile". Kit's not even a reptile, he's a mammal.

    • Don Karnage spares the pilot and co-pilot of the second cargo plane he plunders, so that they (the pilots) can report back to Shere Khan and tell him what Karnage stole, as Karnage wants Khan to worry. However, the pilots apparently did report back to Khan, since Khan doesn't seem to know that anything is amiss until Dr. Debolt tells him about the Lightning Gun.

    • When Baloo tells Kit they won't be going back to Louie's for a few weeks there's a knock at the door. As Baloo goes to answer it Kit says, "But I have to go NOW!" but if you look you can see his mouth doesn't move at all.

    • What was Dr. Debolt doing in Khan's office when Baloo, Rebecca, and Molly are brought in? Khan had already explained the stone to Baloo earlier, and he couldn't have known Rebecca would be there (as the limo driver was sent to get Baloo and Baloo only and grabbed Rebecca and Molly simply because they were there). It seems awfully convenient that Debolt was on hand to explain the nature of the stone.

    • When Dumptruck and Gibber charge up the stairs in Louie's, you can clearly hear more than two people shouting (and Gibber shouldn't even be shouting at all!).

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    Allusions (2)

    • Molly: See ya later, navigator! This is a reference to the song See You Later, Alligator, by Bill Haley and his Comets.

    • The Flesh Eaters: Near the beginning, the pilot of a chartered sea plane who wears a flying cap lies to the bossy female ground radio operator when she insists that he returns to base, saying that he has to get a woman to her destination because of a rare blood type infusion in a cocky sort of way, while holding a hand over her mouth to keep her from refuting the story, after which the radio operator mentions it is more likely a money infusion he is after, and then mentions her feelings for him after she logs off. This is very similar to the relationship between the bossy Rebecca Cunningham, owner of the sea plane and base, and Baloo, the cocky pilot who always wears his flight cap, and their secret feelings for each other that grow over time through the series.

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