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“I know, Sir, my birthday flag. It just might be big enough!”
―Duncan

Duncan and the Hot Air Balloon is the eleventh episode of the twelfth series.

Plot

Duncan is disappointed to learn that instead of taking the Percival twins on a special train ride for their birthday, they will be having a ride in a hot air balloon. When Duncan collects the balloon, he is told to go carefully. But when he comes across some bumpy track, the balloon becomes untethered. Duncan slyly bangs into the balloon, causing it to float away. However, when the weather-vane on Mr. Percival's house tears a hole in the balloon, Duncan sees the error of his ways and owns up to Mr. Percival. Duncan collects the balloon repair man, who has little hope of repairing the balloon until Duncan suggests using his birthday flag to patch it.

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Trivia

  • Going by production order, this is the eleventh episode of the twelfth series.
  • This episode marks the last of two things:
  • The Red Balloon with the yellow flag was used on the cover for the 2009 reprint of James and the Red Balloon. The aforementioned episode has a plot similiar to this one.

Goofs

  • The tracks through the narrow gauge shed do not have buffers.
  • In one scene, Peter Sam has Duncan's CGI face.

Merchandise

In Other Languages

Language Title
Brazilian Portuguese Duncan e o Balão
Chinese Mandarin 邓肯和热气球
Croatian Duncan u Balon
Czech Duncan a Horkovzdušný Balon
Finnish Tauno ja Kuumailmapallo
French La Montgolfière
German Duncan und der Heißluftballon
Indonesian Duncan dan Balon Udara Panas
Italian Duncan e la Mongolfiera
Korean 던컨과 둥실둥실 열기구 (Kids 1)
던컨과 열기구 (EBS)
Latin American Spanish Duncan y el Globo Aerostático
Polish Damian i Lot Balonem

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