A Wish for Wings That Work

Synopsis: Opus the Penguin, amoung his other problems, always felt inadequate by his being "aerodynamicly impaired". Together, with Bill the Cat he tries doggedly to overcome that weakness, all without success. It is only on Christmas Eve that Opus learns what worth his natural abilities are.
22 min

Friskies again?



Well, I appreciate

your support on the way

to my support group.

Now wait outside

and please try not

to give anybody rabies.

You're late,

Mr. Opus.

Everyone's waiting.

There was a rhinoceros

on Second Avenue.

Uh-huh, save it.

Good afternoon, everybody.

I'd like to welcome

a new member to our group.


please introduce yourself.


My name is Opus,

and I am a flapoholic.

Hello, Opus.

I accept that my life

has become ruled

by an obsessive need

for flight.



Just be glad

your wife didn't leave you

for an albatross!

Good, George.

Confront your feelings.

My puny kiwi wings

weren't good enough

for Dolores.

Oh, no, no.

She had to have an albatross

with great big long wings.

He was on hormones.

You heard me, read my beak.


Uh, maybe

we shouldn't be confronting

those particular feelings.

Speaking of feelings,

darned if I don't feel

like a Boeing 747.

I'm cleared for take-off!

Good! Let's confront

our feelings about that one!

So what if they're small?

Some women prefer small wings.

What did Dolores want,

quantity or quality?

If she wants them big,

marry the space shuttle,

you shrew!

Space shuttle! Watch it!

Oh my, Dolores.

Oh, don't you know...

Now, we're

getting somewhere.

Pull up and out of here!



I'd run, I'd jump...

Shake and bake,

shake and bake,

shake and bake,

shake and bake!

Excuse me.

Is this cockroach

cross-dressers in crisis?

I want to talk

to the Colonel!

At this point,

Father Christmas,

there was only one option

for a penguin

whose wings only sputter.

I was compelled

to take the laws of physics

into my own hands.

I became

an aeronautic vigilante.


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Berkeley Breathed

Guy Berkeley "Berke" Breathed (; born June 21, 1957) is an American cartoonist, children's book author/illustrator, director and screenwriter, best known for Bloom County, a 1980s cartoon-comic strip and more recent Internet cartoons that reflect sociopolitical issues as understood by fanciful characters (e.g., Bill the Cat and Opus the Penguin) and through humorous analogies. Bloom County earned Breathed the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Cartooning in 1987. more…

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