A Wish for Wings That Work

1991

CAST MICHAEL BELL, JOE ALASKEY, JOHN BYNER, TRESS MACNEILLE

DIRECTOR SKIP JONES

WRITER-EXECUTIVE PRODUCER BERKELEY BREATHED

Visit Bloom County with A Wish for Wings That Work, a whimsical, wacky animated special that aired on CBS for the holiday season of 1991. From Pulitzer Prize-winning author-artist Berkeley Breathed, it's a merry, madcap romp with Opus the earthbound penguin and his brain-fried feline cohort, Bill.

Wrestling with an unfulfilled wish to soar through the air like any other self-respecting bird, the plucky penguin decides there's only one person who can make his aeronautic dream come true: Father Christmas. Bill the Cat coughs up a wild idea that just may bring a holiday miracle, but when ol' St. Nick finds himself in hot water on December 24th, the fate of Christmas itself suddenly depends on the kind of heroism that only comes in a penguin-sized package! Will Opus come to the rescue and learn the value of being true to oneself?

Presented by Amblin Entertainment and Universal, the short animated special was adapted to the screen by Breathed from his illustrated storybook, and directed by Skip Jones, who'd previously worked as an animator for Amblin on our first two animated features, An American Tail in 1986 and The Land Before Time in 1988.