Opus n' Bill in A Wish for Wings That Work
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Take your family to Bloom County with the quirky perennial favorite Opus n' Bill in A Wish for Wings That Work, a whimsical, wacky cartoon treat that's as funny for grownups as it is fun for kids! 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?
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Needless to say I was thrilled when I saw this available on an actual bona fide DVD! Thrilled! We don't keep macadamia nuts any more but i do have my copy of Wish for Wings that Work. Sad that this is not part of the annual Christmas viewing schedule like Frosty and Rudolph.
Anyway, buy a copy you'll be glad you did. Look! it's replaceable like a tire! Nyuk Nyuk! and if you don't get that line you've never seen the movie.
This DVD is only about 30 minutes long, but it is a rarely-seen special
that was shown on TV only once back in 1990 or 1991. It is part daily-comic
strip set as animation and part Holiday-themed proverb that centers around
Christmas-time and a character named 'Opus', who is represents an "Everyman"
in this tale and is a 'penguin' who believes he is a 'defective bird' as he can
NOT FLY like a "Normal Bird", as he says. He believes he is 'broken' as his
'wings just don't work'. He looks at himself as a failure and even joins a "support group"
for 'broken people' who are each trying to cope with being less-than perfect.
Kids will hopefully see in this story the reason that each person is already perfect as he or she is
and adults should appreciate the 'humor' of 'bureaucracy used to over-treat a non-issue'.
This is a Classic and no matter your Faith or beliefs, it is a comforting tale that makes all who see it
feel good and wanting to see more adventures of the main characters and his friends.
In 1978 Berkeley Breathed entered the scene with 'Academia Waltz' about his days at UT/Austin -- just as Garry Trudeau had done with Doonesbury more than a decade earlier at Yale (BD - the jock - was in my high school graduating class).
In 1980, he burst into the newspapers with 'Bloom County', and things haven't been the same since. Opus and Bill and the rest of the gang are absolutely hilarious - and there is that same child-like innocence that Charles Schulz brought to 'Peanuts'.
AWFWTW is a great book - with wonderful artwork - and the movie version (this DVD) is perfectly done.
Enjoy this seasonal favorite - and enjoy it often … let it keep the child in you alive to all of life's great possibilities.
So when I discovered it was available on DVD, I ordered two copies - one for myself, and one as a birthday gift for my younger brother, who's also a "Bloom County" fan. Needless to say, he loved it!
It's also an adaptation of a children's book Mr. Breathed wrote and illustrated about Opus the Penguin and his wish to be able to fly, as expressed in a letter to Santa Claus.
It's a whimsical and charming Christmas special suitable for the whole family to enjoy, as well as a valuable addition to any "Bloom County" fan's collection.
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