Silverwing is a fantasy action series based on the novel Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel. It is a mini TV series consisting of thirteen 20-25 minute long episodes. The plot was based off of the novel Silverwing by Kenneth Oppel, but has had some changes.
First episode was aired September 19, 2003, and the final episode was aired January 10, 2004.
Long before the first migration, there raged a Great Battle between the Birds and the Beasts. Alliances were formed and a battle was waged between the two kingdoms to establish the balance of nature and the territorial limits of every species.The bats, being neither birds nor beasts, would not choose sides in the conflict. For this, a law was passed that forever condemned the bats to darkness...One young bat, Shade Silverwing, dared to break the law.
Many seasons past, at the dawning of the ages, the birds and the beasts existed without order. No one knew the hunter from the hunted. All creatures struggled in a world without boundaries or rules.
Being both but neither, the bats refused to join the battle. When the war finally ended, a great treaty was formed at the base of the battlefield: the treaty of the birds and the beasts.
Because the bats refused to take either side in the battle, the Birds and the Beasts decided that their punishment would be most severe. Their punishment was banishment to the night for all eternity. To even fly in the warmth of the sun or even peer at its glow would be a direct violation of the law. The execution of the law by the owls, the sentries of the sky, would be fast and cruel: banishment - and even death.
Instead of being crushed by the weight of the law, the bats learned to adapt to their circumstances. They developed unique skills, the most important of these was to see the world without the light of the day - the ability to see with their ears. This amazing skill was known as "echolocation". It allowed these creatures of the dark the basic right to live and hunt under the safety and cover of the night. They would survive.
They would also believe that one day, they would be returned to their former state of grace, able to soar with the sun on their wings. They called this "Nocturna's promise." The fulfillment of the Promise was simple: one day, all bats would be free to fly in the sun as they choose.
Over thousands of years, Nocturna's promise was altered and reinterpreted to provide an explanation for the unexplained - such as the significance of the humans banding bats - and hope where there was no hope. Many believers of the promise started to falter and lose any endurance they once had. To this day, many bats gave up their once strong hope. However, the birth of an unlikely hero, Shade, will be the change to all of this, and the start to our story...
Differences from the BookEdit
The TV series starts out very similar to the novel, but toward the end, most of the episodes become made up. The main plotline took a different direction from the book, and more plotlines were added, namely the involvement of beasts in the conflict between bats and owls. Some of the scenes that were in the book were changed in the TV series, probably because the book may have been considered "too violent" to be made into the cartoon.
- The show was created in September of 2003.
- The show was composed of 13 episodes and "movies", with each movie being made of some of the TV episodes, edited together as a long TV movie.
- The episode "A Glimpse of the Son" was known to be the first episode in the Silverwing timeline, but was released after "No Bat is an Island", working somewhat as a prequel in the series.
- Silverwing was based off the book by Kenneth Oppel written in 1997.