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Director:
Writers:
Berkeley Breathed (written by)
Berkeley Breathed (book)
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Release Date:
18 December 1991 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Opus the Penguin struggles to achieve his seemingly impossible dream to be able to fly. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Sorry Berkeley, But I Liked This Film A Lot See more (8 total) »

Cast

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

Runtime:
22 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Trivia:
During the production of Hook (1991), executive producer Steven Spielberg decided to utilize lead actors Robin Williams (The Kiwi) and Dustin Hoffman (The Cockroach) to record (in what little time he had) their voice-over work in a small studio. This is why both A-list stars were available for this animated special. It is also the reason why the quality of their voice recordings isn't as clear as the rest of the cast.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The cockpit window in the Lost Horizon dream doesn't match the cockpit window that's inside Opus's cockpit.See more »
Quotes:
Opus:Wait outside, Bill, and try not to give anybody rabies.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sorry Berkeley, But I Liked This Film A Lot, 13 September 2008
Author: D_Burke from United States

I know from reading an interview with Berkeley Breathed that he didn't like this TV special. He didn't explain exactly why, although being as familiar with "Bloom County" and its various spin off comics over the years as I am, I can guess as to why. Still, I don't know exactly.

It may have been because this TV special was marketed specifically toward younger audiences, whereas "Bloom County" is traditionally not for kids. Then again, this special was made in conjunction with a picture book Breathed wrote specifically for kids, so I really don't know what Berkeley's beef was.

I haven't read the book on which this film is based, but I liked it just the same. The TV special successfully walked the fine line between Berkeley Breathed's usual adult humor on politics and pop culture, and other cute-sy Christmas specials like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer". It was a smart movie that, in my opinion, doesn't alienate kids, while being a good piece of holiday eye candy with a lot of heart to it which doesn't repulse adults. For that reason, I'm glad they finally decided to release this movie on DVD.

Based on my understanding of the "Bloom County" universe, Opus the penguin doesn't get dumbed down in this cartoon. The basic plot of the movie is his insecurity with himself in being that his beak is too big, and he can't fly. That predicament appears to match his comic persona to a T, and it gave the story heart while not being too mushy. Added to Bill the Cat (who needs no dumbing down, since he's as dumb as one can get anyway) and his slapstick antics, the two characters just made this movie work.

If I had one complaint about this special, it's that it wasn't long enough. I'm sure since it was made-for-TV, they had to cut it down significantly for air time. It showed too, since the ending was a bit flatter than it should have been, perhaps as if the makers of this special were in a hurry to get it out before the next Christmas.

Other than that, the movie was fine. Breathed's contempt for the finished product is very similar to Stephen King's dissatisfaction with Stanley Kubrick's take on "The Shining". Breathed mentioned that he did want to bring Opus to the big screen and present him the way he should be. Until then, though, "A Wish For Wings That Work" is a better starting point than Breathed thinks. Thanks to the recent DVD release, this film just may get the cult attention it deserves. So Mr. Breathed, if you're reading this, don't be ashamed of this movie. It's very good, and I highly recommend it for the holiday season, or anytime for that matter.

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