The 22nd installment of the long running Doraemon films. In this story Nobita learns about humanoid birds sighted in Africa and decides to learn to fly on his own. But after an unsuccessful practice round, Nobita, Doraemon, and Shizuka (who had lost her pet canary) meet a young humanoid bird named Gusuke who is from a world known as Birdopia and got stranded flying his makeshift airplane. After the trio help Gusuke fix his airplane and his about to go home, Gian and Suneo grab onto the plane and end up in Birdopia with him. Nobita, Doraemon, and Shizuka follow them to this new world populated by humanoid birds, where the gang learn of a plot to free all birds in the real world by destroying mankind.
Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Brave contains the following tropes:
- Acrophobic Bird: Gusuke is afraid of flying due to the trauma falling when he was a hatchling. He gets over this to save Nobita from Phoenicia, with encouragement from Icarus.
- Animal Stereotypes: You can expect the bird-people to be based on how their species is stereotyped. Which is why the eagle is heroic, the owl is wise, the stork helps with childbirth, and the villains are a vulture, a falcon, and crows.
- Big Bad: Commander Seagrid.
- Bigger Bad: Phoenicia.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: Humanoid penguins are among the inhabitants of Birdopia.
- Fantastic Racism: Commander Seagrid hates humans, due to them shooting him in the wing rendering him flightless. The crow soldiers also don't seem to be fond of cats, calling them "enemy to all birds".
- Happily Adopted: Gusuke.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Seagrid intends to use the giant, destructive Phoenicia as way to get revenge on the humans. Too bad the creature does not listen to him, especially after getting hit by the Transgression Beam.
- I Am Not Weasel: Subverted for once when the crow soldiers and an ostrich taxi properly identify Doraemon as a cat (to his joy), but then played straight when Professor Hou called him a tanuki.
- Our Dragons Are Different: Phoenicia is a large dragon-like creature. He doesn't show fire-breathing until he gets accidentally evolved by the Transgression Beam.
- The Owl-Knowing One: Professor Hou, a great horned owl.
- Scavengers Are Scum: The main antagonistic bird is a vulture, with crows for henchman. Downplayed in that the vulture is a Well-Intentioned Extremist and the crows are likely Just Following Orders.
- Toothy Bird: The bird-people often show gritting teeth. Possibly justified in that they're evolved birds.
- Would Hurt a Child: Seagrid sentences Gian and Suneo to execution just because they're human.