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A Wish for Wings That Work (1991)

Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly.

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Opus (voice)
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Truffles / The Ducks (voice)
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Bill the Cat (voice)
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The Chicken (voice)
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Santa (voice)
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The Kiwi (voice) (as Sudy Nim)
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Ronald-Ann (voice)
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Santa Claus (voice)
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Opus the Penguin, amoung his other problems, always felt inadequate by his being "aerodynamicly impaired". Together, with Bill the Cat he tries doggedly to overcome that weakness, all without success. It is only on Christmas Eve that Opus learns what worth his natural abilities are. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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18 December 1991 (USA)  »

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A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story  »

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Based on a children's book which featured characters from the comic strips "Bloom County" and "Outland". All were written and drawn by Berkley Breathed. See more »

Goofs

The cockpit window in the Lost Horizon dream doesn't match the cockpit window that's inside Opus's cockpit. See more »

Quotes

Duck #1: Hey look, I'm a bird. I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth.
Duck #2: Honey, I'll be taking lunch on the moon today.
Duck #3: What's the red thing on the neck? Turbo prop? So where's the exhaust? Don't answer that.
Duck #1: Note the mighty wings. I suspect they sputter more than flutter. (They all laugh)
Opus: They're obviously jealous of my nose. Anybody would be.
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After the credits, we see Truffles yelling up at Opus "Don't get cocky up there!" before Opus' prothstetic buttocks falls on him. See more »

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Spoofs Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987) See more »

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A must for all Bloom County / Outland fans.
1 April 2001 | by (Prague, Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

I have not seen this Christmas special since it was new (did they ever show it as a rerun ?). Nevertheless, I still remember how underneath all the irreverent humor, "A Wish for Wings that Work" had a truly beautiful story. Opus the penguin is caught in the awkward position of being a bird without having qualities normally associated with birds and also of being completely anthropomorphic even though he is obviously not human in the physical sense. To make him feel even more like an outsider, he does not have much contact with other penguins. In the special (as well as in the "Bloom County" / "Outland" comic strips), this is a source of much angst for him. However, by the end of the show, he manages to recognize his true worth by realizing that his differences can be assetts too. While it´s true that this message is nothing new, it is one which is worth reinforcing. Otherwise, the special is really funny too, owing to Berke Breathed´s unique writing style. He is also probably the only person to have the proper handle on the characters. After all, he created them ! Nevertheless, "Wish" would have been even better if it had cartoon versions of great "Bloom County" characters like Steve Dallas, Michael Binkley, and Oliver Wendell Jones but it was made during the "Outland" era so their absence is understandable.


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