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Kenneth Oppel's YA novel Silverwing received an animated adaptation in 2003, produced by Canadian studio Bardel Entertainment.

However, the show was only a season long, and is a Pragmatic Adaptation at best.

This animated series contains examples of:

  • 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. There's no blood and Goth eating isn't shown head-on.
  • Adaptational Wimp: 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.
  • Big Eater: Goth and Throbb can chow down on birds the size of owls and pigeons and still have room for dessert.
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  • Butt-Monkey: Throbb.
  • Conspicuous CG: Some of the elements in the show, including certain backgrounds, effects, gigantic objects and even Cama Zotz himself are CG, which differentiates a lot from the 2D animation in terms of the rendering and stylism.
  • Enemy Mine: The episode "Strange Batfellows" has Shade and Goth briefly cooperating to escape from a collapsed mine.
  • 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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  • Ironic Echo: Shade mockingly repeats Goth's Catch-Phrase "Hola…" back at him.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Chinook.
  • Large Ham: Brutus. "JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED!"
  • Lightning Bruiser: Goth and Throbb. Goth in particular, as he completely overwhelms anyone in a physical fight and is willing to contest a meal with a wolf.
  • Madness Mantra: When Shade conjures an illusion of Cama Zotz and makes Goth repeat the phrase "I am a naughty bat" over and over, it quickly devolves into this. Throbb tries to poke fun at Goth over it in a later episode, but Goth shuts him up.
  • Mythology Gag: At least once does Goth refer to Cama Zotz, a major player in the second and third books.
  • Neck Lift: Goth does this to Shade more than once.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: The protagonists are at the owls' mercy when Goth and Throbb decide to attack the owls, proving the Silverwings' innocence.
  • Petting Zoo People: On a borderline side.
  • Pink Girl, Blue Boy: Main characters Marina and Shade, respectively. However this may be more reflective of their species rather than their gender, as Silverwings tend to be colored blue while Brightwings are pink or red.
  • The Quisling: Bathsheba sells out the bats to Brutus.
  • Reports of My Death Were Greatly Exaggerated: Said pretty much word for word by Frieda in one of the episodes.
  • The Resenter: Bathsheba to Frieda.
  • Savage Wolves: The series adds wolves as an enemy faction.
  • Unusual Euphemism: Marina's "Holy sunlight!"
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Orestes. He finally earns his father's respect during the battle against Goth and the wolves.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Shade gets this from many of the colony for looking directly at the sun, causing them to lose their home. But when they flee, Chinook's friend Todd tells Chinook that it was his fault for daring Shade to look at the sun and warns him of the consequences of showing off.


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