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Western Animation / The Wingfeather Saga

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The Wingfeather Saga is an animated adaptation of the book series of the same name from Magnetic Dreams, Inc. and Shining Isle Productions.

The story centers around the Igiby siblings. The eldest, Janner, dreams of adventures which come true when his younger sister, Leeli, runs into a Fang, and his younger brother, Kalmar, stumbles onto a map that may lead to the Jewels of Anniera.

The animated short was created by Andrew Peterson, directed by Tom Owens, produced by J. Chris Wall

In 2017, a short was put up on youtube acting as a pilot for the series. You can view it here.

In 2022, season 1 of the animated series was crowdfunded on Angel Studios and then it got greenlit for production. You can view it here. A second season was crowdfunded in 2023 and is set to be released later.

The animated short provide examples of:

  • Big Brother Instinct: While initially annoyed at having to bring his younger siblings along, Janner doesn't hesitate to protect them from a Fang.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Podo has some very big and thick eyebrows.
  • Bittersweet Ending: The Igibys are safe and home together with Kalmar bringing the map he stole from the bookstore. However, the Fang reports back to his superiors of what transpired and they are headed to the family.
  • Disappeared Dad: The father of the Igiby children is neither mentioned nor seen in the short.
  • Evil Is Petty: The Fang only started harassing the Igiby children because Nugget's barks scared him which led him to being humiliated.
  • Kick the Dog: A literal example. A Fang kicks the Igiby family dog, Nugget.
  • Mama Bear: When Leeli manages to speak (or sing) dragon, Nia hears the singing and rushes over to quiet her daughter while standing protectively over her from the dragon. She then picks up Leeli before ordering her sons back to their home in a serious, no-nonsense voice.
  • Multigenerational Household: The Igiby household consists of the Igiby children, their mother, and grandfather.
  • Painted CGI: The art style uses this effect to make it look like a painting with impressionist elements.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Fang the Igiby children encounter has no moral qualms over hurting them.