Why ‘Last Horizons’ Episode of TaleSpin Isn’t Available for Streaming on Disney+

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In the 1990s, Disney dominated the animation scene, not only with iconic films like ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but also through a lineup of memorable original cartoon shows aired on ABC and in syndication. These shows were collectively known as ‘The Disney Afternoon,’ and one of its standout series was ‘TaleSpin,’ a modern reimagining of classic ‘Jungle Book’ characters like Baloo and King Louie as pilots and business owners.

While ‘TaleSpin’ is available for streaming on Disney+, there’s a caveat for fans looking to relive their childhood – one episode is conspicuously absent. The episode in question is ‘Last Horizons,’ which was banned due to its controversial content. In this episode, Baloo stumbles upon a mystical place called ‘Panda-La’ but becomes unwittingly involved in a plot to attack Cape Suzette. What caused the controversy was the episode’s insensitive racial portrayal of East Asians and references to the Pearl Harbor attack. As a result, ‘Last Horizons’ remains missing from Disney+’s ‘TaleSpin’ collection.

‘Flying Dupes,’ the series finale of ‘TaleSpin,’ is also notably absent. This episode featured a plot where Baloo unknowingly transports a bomb, and due to its perceived terrorist theme, Disney chose to remove it from syndication, airing it only once after its initial broadcast.

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Another beloved Disney cartoon, ‘Darkwing Duck,’ faced a similar fate with one of its episodes. ‘Hot Spells,’ which originally aired in 1992, involves Gosalyn using magic shortcuts, leading to Darkwing’s soul going to Beelzebub. It’s believed that the religious content of this episode led to its removal from broadcast. Consequently, ‘Hot Spells’ is not available for streaming on Disney+ or other platforms like Google Play and iTunes.

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