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A Wish for Wings That Work
Author Berkeley Breathed
Illustrator Berkeley Breathed
CoverĀ artist Berkeley Breathed
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's
Publisher Little Brown & Co
Publication date
Pages 32
ISBN 0-316-10691-7

A Wish for Wings That Work: An Opus Christmas Story is a children's book by Berkeley Breathed that was published in 1991. It was made into an animated television special that same year. The book and special feature characters from Breathed's comic strips Bloom County and Outland.


The story centers on Opus the Penguin (a main character of all three of Breathed's comic strips, and at the time appearing in Outland.) Opus is downhearted because, as a penguin, he cannot fly. He orders a machine and assembles it; 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 does not give up on his dream though, and makes a Christmas wish to Santa Claus for "wings that will go!" On Christmas Eve, Santa is making his usual delivery when he loses his reindeer and crashes into a lake. Opus jumps in and uses his natural swimming skills to pull Santa out. To thank Opus for his daring rescue, a group of ducks pick him up and take him flying through the air.

TV special

Opus 'n' Bill: A Wish for Wings that Work
Opus 'n' Bill - A Wish for Wings That Work DVD cover.png
2007 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 (as Sudy Nim)
Music by Thomas Chase
Steve Rucker
Editing by Larry C. Cowan
Distributed by Amblin Television
Universal Cartoon Studios
Release date(s) December 18, 1991
Country United States
Language English

On December 18, 1991, an animated special based on the book aired on CBS. It was directed by Skip Jones and was produced by Peggy Regan for Steven Spielberg's Amblin Television for Universal Cartoon Studios. It was released on DVD on November 6, 2007.

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