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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 »
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A must for all Bloom County / Outland fans. 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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Trivia:
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 »
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:Aerotooter, aerotooter... aerotooter?See more »
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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A must for all Bloom County / Outland fans., 1 April 2001
Author: Jan Hrubin from Prague, Czech Republic

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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