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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.

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Doraemon: Nobita and the Winged Braves 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.
  • Creepy Crows: The soldiers of Commander Seagrid are all crows, led by a particularly menacing captain.
  • The Dragon: Babylon, a falcon who is Seagrid's lieutenant.
  • Everything's Better with Penguins: Humanoid penguins are among the inhabitants of Birdopia.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: 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.
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  • 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".
  • 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.
  • Kick the Dog: Seagrid and Babylon mock Gusuke for participating the Icarus Rally when he won't fly on his own.
  • Noble Bird of Prey: Icarus, a large and powerful eagle who allies with the heroes in the final battle. Gusuke is revealed to be also an eagle, since he's Icarus's long-lost son.
  • Not So Extinct: It turns out moas are not extinct but taken to Birdopia so that their populations can recover.
  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • Shown Their Work:
    • The ostriches have only claw on the inner toe, just like real ostriches.
    • While wearing the albatross hat, Gian has to take a running start during take-off. When taking off from land, albatrosses must run to build up gusts for lifting their long wings.
  • Toothy Bird: The bird-people often show gritting teeth. Possibly justified in that they're evolved birds.
  • Unpleasant Animal Counterpart: The main heroic bird is an eagle, while the main antagonist is a vulture.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Seagrid sentences Gian and Suneo to execution just because they're human.

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