CotD: One of the best of a new breed of Christmas specials, “A Wish For Wings That Work” was based on characters created by Berkeley Breathed.
A Wish For Wings That Work (1991) – Animated TV Special
Opus the Penguin, among his other problems, always feels inadequate by his being “aerodynamically impaired.” Together with his brain-fried cohort Bill the Cat, he tries doggedly to overcome that weakness, all without success.
Wrestling with an unfulfilled wish to soar through the air like any other self-respecting bird, Opus turns for sympathy to his scroungy pals and his animal “support group”- a lovelorn kiwi, a fashion-minded cockroach, and a cranky piglet who thinks that he’s a rhino.
When that doesn’t help, the plucky penguin decides that there’s only one person who can make his aeronautic dream come true: Father Christmas.
But when Ol’ St. Nick finds himself in hot water on December 24, the fate of Christmas itself suddenly depends on the kind of heroism that only comes in a penguin-sized package!Only on Christmas Eve does Opus learn what worth his natural abilities are.
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