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Best Christmas Special Ever! by Christa Maurice
December 11, 2008, 12:11 am
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I won’t be hurt if you haven’t heard of this one. It’s not what you’d call common. I aired about 15 years ago and I don’t think it was ever shown again.

A Wish For Wings That Work stars Opus and Bill from Bloom County. Opus is very unhappy with his status as a flightless bird and he takes it out on the hapless Bill. He gets into a support group with a kiwi (voiced by Robin Williams) whose wife left him for an albatross and a chicken (voiced by Tress McNeill) who thinks she’s a airplane, or possibly an air traffic controller. At the end of his meeting, Opus encounters a cockroach (voiced by Dustin Hoffman) arriving for the cockroach cross dressers in crisis meeting. Opus then becomes an ‘aeronautic vigilante’ by buying a whole bunch of balloons. Bill messes this up by getting his tongue stuck where he was tying the balloons. Finally, Opus resorts to writing Santa for wings that work.

It doesn’t work out quite the way he’d hoped, but it works out the best way possible. The resolution is very satisfying. The comedy is priceless. And the animation? Beautiful. It looks like Bloom County, but better.

What’s your favorite Christmas special? Why?



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Actually I have two favorites — It’s a Wonderful Life and The Music Box.

Christmas just isn’t Christmas without hearing Jimmy Stewart who plays George Bailey calling out for Clarence the angel or Mary his wife. How cool to see how your nonexistance would effect your loved ones is awesome. We find out it’s truly a Wonderful Life.

The Music Box stars Maureen O’Hara as an elderly yet very wealthy woman who needs live in help. Richard Thomas plays the hardworking man who is debating opening another ski store and taking more time from his wife and young daughter. His wife who manages an apartment building wants more for her daughter and applies for the job. Richard learns what the first gift of Christmas was and a few other valuable lessons. It’s touching and beautiful, have tissues on hand, and a wonderful movie.

Cassie Exline

Comment by Cassie

I’ll have to go looking for The Music Box. I am a sucker for a good Christmas story.

Comment by Charlotte McClain

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