A WISH FOR WINGS THAT WORK (1991)
A part of my childhood was occupied by Opus and Bill. This one was first aired on TV. Its one of the few that I haven’t grown to love as much when I grew up, although I did only get a hands on the DVD last year. I watch it every year though because I think that the voice work is quite good. Its a bit strange though, so I’m not sure whether Opus was popular.
The movie is quite short at about 30mins for the whole movie. For those who don’t know, Opus is a penguin who wants to fly. Its his absolute dream and for Christmas, he decides that its what he wants from Santa the most. Bill is a cat that Opus rescued from a mad scientist (something like that) and he’s quite bizarre but very loyal to Opus. He doesn’t really talk but makes random sounds. We also have a fun cast with a pig called Truffles who thinks he’s a rhinoceros. We have the Ducks who are like the clowns of the movie.
I can’t really say too much about the plot in case you do see it. It is a fun movie and I think in particular, kids would enjoy it a lot. I actually went to check out who did the voices, since I learned that even Robin Williams had a voice in the movie as a kiwi whose wife ran off with an albatross (silly, eh? I know). That role was short but so hilarious. Other than that, we have Joe Alsakey who did the voice for a movie I had looked at in Halloween, Casper as one of the three uncles, Stinkie.
Its definitely something that kids would enjoy a lot. The characters are adorable and the story is really nice. Opus and Bill has a nice duo dynamic. I’d say this is a good holiday movie.
Have you ever seen this? Who knew about Opus and Bill before this?