A Wish for Wings That Work ()

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


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Opus (voice)
Truffles / The Ducks (voice)
Bill the Cat (voice)
The Chicken (voice)
Santa (voice)
The Kiwi (voice) (as Sudy Nim)
Alexaundria Simmons ...
Ronald-Ann (voice)
Santa Claus (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Milquetoast the Cross-Dressing Cockroach (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

Skip Jones

Written by

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)
Douglas Wood ... creative executive (uncredited)

Music by

Thomas Chase ... (as Tom Chase)
Steve Rucker

Editorial Department

Larry C. Cowan ... supervising editor
Sally Dixon ... negative cutter

Casting By

Danny Goldman ... (as Danny Goldman & Associates)

Production Management

Paul B. Strickland ... executive in charge of production

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Jonathan Levit ... assistant director

Sound Department

Vince Colavitti ... 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 / 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

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)

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Opus n' Bill in a Wish for Wings That Work (World-wide, English title)
  • A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story (World-wide, English title)
  • Мечта летать (Russia)
  • 22 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia During the production of Hook (1991), Executive Producer Steven Spielberg decided to utilize 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 The cockpit window in the Lost Horizon dream doesn't match the cockpit window that's inside Opus's cockpit. See more »
Movie Connections Features Lost Horizon (1937). See more »
Crazy Credits 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 »
Quotes Opus: As your records will show, Father Christmas, I am a bird. Specifically, a penguin. An embarrassing accident at birth, for which I do not blame my mother. I prefer to blame Congress.
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