Flight School Confidential
5 out of 5 Krakatoa Specials
Kit, embarrassed and mad at Baloo for making fun of him
after he crashes the Sea Duck into the beach at Louie’s, goes to Thembria where
Colonel Spigot is running a flight school for 12-year-olds. When he discovers
that Spigot has no intention of letting him—or any 12-year-old—fly, Kit
does everything in his power to thwart Spigot’s plan and even manages to fly a Thunder
Quibbles and Bits
Thembria has a turnip-peeling school. Wonder what other kind of schools they have. A school on how to salute seafood, maybe? No, wait—that’s the flight school.
After the Thembrian pilot tells Kit about the new flight age in Thembria, Kit looks at him in awe. “Wow! Do they fly real planes and everything?”
As he and Dunder are reviewing the flight school hopefuls, Spigot says, “Please form a single-file line…or you will be shot.”
Bobbo checks on Kit while he is serving time in the kitchen peeling turnips.
“Are you okay, Kit?” Bobbo asks.
“Oh, I’m just great, Bobbo. I’m in a flight school that doesn’t teach flying!” Kit retorts.
“This kind of thinking is normal in Thembria,” Bobbo tells him calmly.
“Yeah, but I left home so I could fly,” Kit says.
“Flying means a lot to you, doesn’t it?”
“It means everything to me. I sleep it, I dream it, I think about it once every ten seconds…at least!” Kit waves his turnip peeler for emphasis.
Bobbo leans towards him confidentially. “I know what you mean. I feel that way about shaving ice.”
Kit tries to break into the hangar to see what’s going on. After he overhears Spigot telling Dunder that the flight school students aren’t going to be flying, he gets upset, the beam he is on breaks, and Spigot yells for the guards.
“Ready…aim…fire liberally,” the Colonel orders.
The guards obey, causing more beams to come crashing down on them.
“We must have this hangar termite inspected,” Spigot says.
Kit goes back to the bunker and tells his fellow flight school students that they are all being ripped off. No one is particularly interested. Bobbo tells Kit that no one cares about flying.
“This isn’t just about flying, it’s about our rights as men!” Kit says indignantly.
“But we’re not men, Kit. We’re boys,” Bobbo reminds him. “Flying is too dangerous.”
“Oh, yeah? Tell the guys to look at the sky at
midnight. I’ll show you how dangerous flying is.” Kit storms away to go
shanghai a plane and prove his point.
Okay, I’ll level with you. If you don’t like Kit, you probably won’t like this ep. This is the episode for every Kit fan. There is very little of anything but Kit and another aspect of his character is beautifully explored. He is a boy who wants something so badly that he is willing to go to any lengths to achieve that goal. He leaves home, goes to a very inhospitable dictatorship of a country where he doesn’t know anyone, and proceeds to try to start a rebellion when he discovers that Spigot is not going to allow him to fly. Nice glimpse into what Kit will be like as a teenager. Heaven help Baloo is all I can say. J It was really great to see him as something other than the responsible, mature boy that he usually is. Adds worlds of depth to his character. The animation is also very good. Absolutely no glitches as there are in nearly every other episode. The colors of Kit’s fur and clothing remain consistent throughout, unlike some eps. The plot is very simple, but it works well. The writers focus more on Kit’s development than on making a complicated plot and the story is better for it. They also provide another nice insight into Baloo and Kit’s relationship. They need each other, though Baloo seems a lot more dependent than Kit. The final scene demonstrates this aspect perfectly. Though Kit is the one who saves himself, he is unable to do so until Baloo encourages him and tells him what he needs to do.