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A Wish for Wings That Work  
Book front
Author Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator Berkeley Breathed
Cover artist Berkeley Breathed
Country  United States
Language English
Genre(s) Children's
Publisher Little Brown & Co
Publication date 1991
Pages 32
ISBN 0316106917

A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story was a children's book by Berkeley Breathed that was published in 1991. It was made into an animated television special that same year. The story is 30 pages long, and contains large color pictures every other page, and small black and white ones over the writing.


The story centers on Opus the Penguin (who was at the time one of the main characters in Breathed's comic strip Outland). Opus is downhearted because as a mere penguin he is denied the ability to fly. He longs to be able to soar in the air with the other birds, and his heart grows cold with the reality that he can't. Even the pigeons look down upon Opus, so Opus decides that one way or another he will learn how to fly. He orders a machine off the TV, and assembles it (maybe not correctly, the directions were in a different language). When it comes time to test the machine by jumping off a three mile high cliff, Opus decides to do something less dangerous, and goes home to make anchovy Christmas cookies. He doesn't give up on his dream though, and makes a Christmas wish to Santa for "wings that will go!". Happily for Opus, his dream of flying comes true, though not quite in the manner he expected.

TV special

A Wish for Wings that Work

DVD cover
Directed by Skip Jones
Produced by Peggy Regan
Written by Berkeley Breathed
Starring Michael Bell
Joe Alaskey
John Byner
Tress MacNeille
Alexaundria Simmons
Andrew Hill Newman
Frank Welker
Robin Williams
Music by Thomas Chase
Steve Rucker
Editing by Larry C. Cowan
Distributed by Amblin Television
Country  United States
Language English

The animated special, which was directed by Skip Jones and produced by Steven Spielberg's Amblimation animation studio for Universal Studios, featured the voices of Michael Bell as Opus the Penguin, John Byner as Bill the Cat, and Alexaundria Simmons as Ronald-Ann Smith. It also featured the voices of Robin Williams (credited under the pseudonym "Sudy Nim") and an uncredited Dustin Hoffman.

The special was released on DVD for the first time ever on November 6, 2007.

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