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Kenneth Oppel's YA novel Silverwing received an animated adaptation in 2001, produced by Canadian studio Bardel Entertainment. However, the show was only a season long, and is a Pragmatic Adaptation at best. YouTube user xRunningStarx has uploaded the entire series, which you can view via this link.


This animated series contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Decay: The show took elements from both Silverwing and Sunwing but left out the main plot of Sunwing entirely. As a result, the TV show was not as successful as the books.
  • Adaptation Expansion: And how. To begin, the show added new characters that were never even mentioned in the books (for example, Ursa the white bear), new plots and sideplots were added, and scenes that were deemed too scary were taken out. Oddly, The Reveal of Goth's cannibalistic acts remains in the show, though mostly toned down.
  • Adaptational Badass: Strangely enough, inverted with Orestes.
  • Anime Hair: Even on the owls, which is kind of weird.
  • Ascended Extra: Bathsheba appeared only once in Silverwing as a strict elder antagonistic to Shade, but in the series she's promoted to Frieda's rival and eventual traitor.
  • Badass Spaniard: Goth
  • Butt Monkey: Throbb.
  • Enemy Mine: The episode "Strange Batfellows" has Shade and Goth briefly cooperating to escape from a collapsed mine.
  • Everything's Worse with Wolves: The series adds wolves as an enemy faction.
  • Evil Redhead: Goth.
  • The Film of the Book: Originally going to be played straight, but then inverted: the Silverwing trilogy was going to be re-written into a film, with the original author serving as script supervisor. But after a while, the crew decided that making a film wasn't the best way to go, so they retooled it into a TV series.
  • It Has Only Just Begun: Dialog in the end of "Towers of Fire" episode.

 Marina: It's over, Shade.

Shade: (grimly) No, it's just begun.

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