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Release Date:
18 December 1991 (USA) See more »
Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
A beautiful fairytale See more (8 total) »


  (in credits order)

Michael Bell ... Opus (voice)

Joe Alaskey ... Truffles / The Ducks (voice)

John Byner ... Bill the Cat (voice)

Tress MacNeille ... The Chicken (voice)

Andrew Hill Newman ... Santa (voice)

Robin Williams ... The Kiwi (voice) (as Sudy Nim)
Alexaundria Simmons ... Ronald-Ann (voice)

Frank Welker ... Santa Claus (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Dustin Hoffman ... Milquetoast the Cross-Dressing Cockroach (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Skip Jones 
Writing credits
Berkeley Breathed (written by)

Berkeley Breathed (book)

Produced by
Berkeley Breathed .... executive producer
Kathleen Kennedy .... production executive
Frank Marshall .... production executive
Peggy Regan .... producer
Steven Spielberg .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Thomas Chase  (as Tom Chase)
Steve Rucker 
Production Management
Paul B. Strickland .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jonathan Levit .... assistant director
Sound Department
Vince Colavitti .... sound re-recording mixer
Timothy A. Carpenter .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Allen Foster .... special effects animator
Don Judge .... special effects animator
Kathleen Quaife-Hodge .... special effects animator
Animation Department
Matthew Bates .... animator
Daniel Bond .... animator (as Dan Bond)
Eleanor Dahlen .... animation checker
Gavin Dell .... animator
Sean Edberg .... key assistant animator (as Sean S. Edberg)
Allen Foster .... overseas supervisor
Klay Hall .... directing animator
Patricia Helmuth .... animation checker (as Patricia A. Helmuth)
Jon L. Hooper .... animator
Ron Hughart .... directing animator
Ron Hughart .... overseas supervisor
Ethan Kanfer .... key assistant animator
Ernie Keen .... animator
Craig Kellman .... animator
Ellen Kirk .... layout artist (as Ellen Drucker)
Mark Koetsier .... directing animator
Julianna Korsborn .... animator
Gay Lawrence .... layout artist (as Gay Lawrence-Ventura)
Cristi Lyon .... key assistant animator
David McCamley .... background stylist
Linda Miller .... directing animator
Chris Mitchell .... key assistant animator (as Christopher Mitchell)
Gary Mouri .... layout artist
Cynthia Overman .... animator
Mark Pudleiner .... directing animator
Robert C. Ramirez .... animator (as Robert Ramirez)
Sachiko Sato .... key assistant animator
Marty Scully .... animator
Brian Sheesley .... animator
Chad Stewart .... animator
Jennifer Stillwell .... key assistant animator
Brigitte Strother .... color stylist (as Brigette Strother)
Joe Suggs .... animator
Guy Vasilovich .... layout artist
Valerio Ventura .... layout artist (as Valerio Lawrence-Ventura)
Thad Weinlein .... animation executive
Editorial Department
Larry C. Cowan .... supervising editor
Sally Dixon .... negative cutter
Other crew
Mark Axton .... assistant coordinator
Katherine Codekas .... production accountant
Igor Khait .... production coordinator
Jennifer Mielke .... production assistant
Andrew Sorcini .... production assistant
Roxy Steven .... production coordinator (as Roxanne Steven)
Douglas Wood .... creative executive (uncredited)

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Additional Details

22 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Berkeley Breathed was exceptionally displeased with the quality of the final product. In an exchange published in the Washington Post he said to a person trying to find the VHS or DVD version, "Hopefully [you will find it] in the rubbish pail. We can do better than that and we will with an eventual Opus film...but I'm glad you enjoyed it. I presume your family was on speed when they watched it. I would imagine it helps."See more »
Continuity: The cockpit window in the Lost Horizon dream doesn't match the cockpit window that's inside Opus's cockpit.See more »
Santa:I see no penguins here whose wings merely sputter. Tonight it was courage that flew yours beyond others. Time to fly, son.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (2008)See more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A beautiful fairytale, 30 September 1999
Author: CPol from Sweden

Based on Berke Breathed's popular cartoon Bloom County, A Wish for Wings that Work is sure to amuse and enthrall every audience, from youngest to oldest. Wings is the story of Opus the penguin, whose greatest wish is to fly. But alas, penguins are not meant to fly no matter how hard some of them try. Throughout the movie Opus' misadventures entice the watcher to both laugh and cry, before, as befalls a good fairytale, it ends happily albeit with a twist.

Although I am no great fan of cartoons I really enjoyed Wings. It has a charming quality to it, an ability to make people feel like children again. Making it even better is the fact that it has a number of rather adult jokes (such as Elvis turning up or the Toy and Gun store being named after Norman Schwarzkopf).

In all I strongly recommend A Wish for Wings that Work, whether you are a Bloom County fan or not.

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