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Opus n' Bill: A Wish For Wings That Work [VHS] (1991)

Michael Bell , Joe Alaskey , Skip Jones  |  NR |  VHS Tape
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Bell, Joe Alaskey, John Byner, Tress MacNeille, Andrew Hill Newman
  • Directors: Skip Jones
  • Writers: Berkeley Breathed
  • Producers: Berkeley Breathed, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy, Peggy Regan, Steven Spielberg
  • Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • VHS Release Date: October 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 22 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302884764
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,494 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Opus the Penguin has one aspiration in life: to be able to fly. Unfortunately, destiny, or evolution, has cruelly left his species flightless...that is until his friend, Bill the Cat, coughs up a wild idea. Can a Christmas miracle get Opus off the ground? This heartwarming and hilarious holiday romp - based on Berkeley Breathed's comic strip BLOOM COUNTY - features a fine cast of comedic actors, including an uncredited cameo by Dustin Hoffman, as a cross-dressing cockroach.

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Special December 10, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Opus has always been my favorite comics character and it was a sad, sad day when Bloom County ended. When I first heard that this special would be on TV, I was very excited. I was not disapointed.
One of the best things about this video is that it has two levels. Kids will like it because it has plenty of funny voices and, of course, Bill the Cat. But there is also a higher level that adults will enjoy with allusions to old black and white movies and references only they would get.
The story is about Opus, a penguin, who asks Santa for a pair of wings that work. He tries everything from therapy to balloons in order to fly. The ending really shows the meaning of Christmas and is, in my opinion, the best Christmas story (and should be shown on TV again). This is a great video that any kid would really enjoy and one that their parents will look forward to as well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Opus Fans Unite! May 25, 2004
By M
Format:VHS Tape
If you only let your kids see one video, let it be this. This is very well thought out and very well narrated by some great comic voices. Robin Williams just to name one. The creator Berkley Breathed is a comic book genius. Lighted hearted with a message that won't bang you over the head with sappy syrupy clap trap. P.S. Please Please let it be produced on DVD and soon! My VHS copy is very very tired as it is a Christmas Classic in our home.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If only it was on DVD!! December 16, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
I originally taped this special the one and only time it aired on TV. My VCR at the time was broken and recorded everything in black in white, but I loved Opus N Bill so much I kept the tape for years. After looking for a real tape of it everywhere with no success, I discovered Amazon shortly after the site came online and to my astonishment, Amazon had Opus N Bill listed. I bought it immediately! It was the first purchase I ever made on Amazon and years later it is still to this day, my favorite. I was thrilled to find it on VHS back then. The only thing that would thrill me more would be if it was released on DVD today.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wish for a DVD longer than 24 minutes. November 19, 2007
Format:DVD
I agree with everyone else, this 1991 Christmas special based on the Bloom County comic strip is pure classic adult christmas entertainment. And the kids will love it as well.

I remembered that this was only a half-hour TV special and was wondering what Universal was going do to pad out the DVD. They did nothing. With all of the christmas themed cartoons that they own outright ( including the Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker library ), Universal added nothing to this short film. Yet they charge $15 for a show that lasts less than a half hour (with out the commercials). Yet Universal will give you an 8-movie boxed set of Abbott & Costello films for just a few more dollars.
I'm not asking for that much, but we should get more than 24 minutes of program for our $15.

I am still buying this classic, I just feel a little short changed.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Christmas Eve tradition in our family ... December 18, 1999
Format:VHS Tape|Verified Purchase
For years now, we've been dragging out a tattered old copy of this TV special we taped off of broadcast TV 7 or 8 years ago. Even with that poor quality and having to fast forward through the commercials - Christmas Eve wouldn't be the same without seeing A Wish for Wings that Work. Delightful and irreverant, but with touching messages about friendship and the real meaning of Christmas - this is a truly wonderful video. I'm baffled as to why it isn't routinely broadcast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A wish for more Bill & Opus January 9, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
If memory serves me correctly, this christmas special aired once on primetime television (in the USA). Since then it has been shelved as the popularity of Bloom County and other Berkley Breathed cartoons have waned. The off-beat comedy of this cartoon was very topical to the time of its release (late 80's or early 90's I believe) and semi-adult in nature. (a cross dressing cockroach, a delusional pig, and a kiwi bird with a small 'wing' complex for example) This special offers a relief from the forced annual playing of "It's a wonderful life" & "A Christmas Carol". Unfortunately since it is a holiday themed special, it can only hope to played at a certain time of year, and once (if) it becomes a holiday flick it will be cursed with incessant replaying. Its a shame nothing ever came of this work and that more animated features were not made by Mr. Breathed. Viewers not familiar with Bloom County may be confused by the characters at first, (Bill the cat for example) but reading his strips are not necessary to enjoy the show. I give it 4 stars. It is not a christmas institution, but should be used as life preserver when you've had too much scrooge and too much of zu-zu's petals.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest animated short of all time! February 2, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
Its the little things that stick with you when a film gives you as big a chuckle as "A Wish For Wings That Work" gave me. Like Opus' backside falling off, and the gulls say "its like a tire....its replaceable!". Bill having been rescued from the science lab after "his brains were replaced with tater tots". Milhouse the cockroach, dressed in full drag, mistakenly showing up at the sensitivity group for flightless fowl, asking "is this Cockroach Cross-dressers in Crisis?". I have watched this treasure year after year since its one and only broadcast when my children were small, and my now grown kids and I never fail to hoot with laughter. What a gift!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY FUNNY! March 5, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
I recorded this movie when it first came to air on TV. At first I didnt know what to think but after the second time around, it was an automatic classic for me. Now, I'm reviewing this as an adult. I really dont think kids will understand this movie no matter how many times they watch it. Its chock full of adult humor. (nothing off color)As todays adults are more and more into cartoons (Simpsons, Family Guy, Futureroma, King of the Hill) this is the pick for any of you. I'm glad the beautiful woman of my life (love you Deb)found this movie here and bought it for me, so I can have a studio copy of it. LONG LIVE BILL AND OPUS! "Ack"
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great christmas story
I loved the original comic strip and remember seeing the show when it first aired. It was great to get a copy of my own to watch and share with others. Read more
Published 1 month ago by W. Milas
5.0 out of 5 stars Memories
I grew up watching this and came across it on here one day and HAD to buy it. So glad that I did. I forgot how silly it is. :D
Published 1 month ago by WHathaway
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
What can one say about this pair? A truly wonderful laugh out loud experience to enjoy over and over! B Breathed we miss you, please do an encore!
Published 1 month ago by Patty Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny movie
This movie has been fun to watch. Anyone who remembers Bill the cat will like this movie. My grandchildren like it too.
Published 2 months ago by Sandra Kadow
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie
Our favorite Christmas family movie and now that we are in different states...it was the perfect gift to send out for christmas. We loved it!
Published 3 months ago by Becky Yvonne Watcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent delivery and I love the product I have no other issues with...
Excellent delivery and I love the product I have no other issues with this product. I is exactly what I expected and need.
Published 4 months ago by T. Thibault
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD review
I love this movie. I had it on VHS and was very excited to find out I could get it on DVD.
Published 5 months ago by Eileen M Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazon comes through again!
Best present I could give my husband! This is one of his childhood favorites and I was very happy to find it on DVD. Hooray for amazon!!!
Published 5 months ago by lynna
4.0 out of 5 stars A new Christmas Tradition in our House
Along with the Grinch and Emmett Otter, this little show has become a favorite in our house at Christmas! Sweet, irreverent, and at times hilarious. Read more
Published 5 months ago by CatMacWhit
5.0 out of 5 stars book
bought as a group with book and movie together as a gift.Recipient loved it watched it as a child. Excellent.
Published 5 months ago by andrea dunn
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