Silverwing (TV series)

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Silverwing DVD cover
Genre Animation, Fantasy
Based on Silverwing novel series by Kenneth Oppel
Written by
  • Gary Jones
  • Richard Side
Directed by Keith Ingham
Voices of
  • Brian Carson
  • Ari Wise
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s)
  • English
  • French
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Cathy Schoch
Editor(s) Don Briggs
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Bardel Entertainment
Original network
Original release September 6 (2003-09-06) – December 14, 2003 (2003-12-14)
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Silverwing is a 2003 Canadian children's animated television series based on Kenneth Oppel's novel of the same name.


Long ago before the first migration, the animals initiated the Great Battle to establish the balance of nature and the territory limits of every species. The birds and beasts banished all bats into the darkness for not choosing sides. As Shade mistakenly breaks the law, he sets out to reason with the animals.



  • Shade: (Bill Switzer) the main character, A young heroic Silverwing bat who befriends Marina and uses echo projection Zephyr taught.
  • Marina: (Sharon Alexander) A young Brightwing bat living alone on the island and befriends Shade. The humans gave the silver band to Marina and the colony banished her, thinking the band was a bad omen. In the series, Shade and Marina remain friends.
  • Goth: (Michael Dobson) A villainous cannibal bat from South America that was brought to the city for laboratory studies. After escaping from there, he tricks Shade into leading him to the colony. However, Shade and Marina foil Goth's plan.
  • Throbb: (Richard Newman) Goth's brother in-law.
  • Frieda: (Pam Hyatt) The banded chief elder and main leader of the Silverwing colony whom later reasons with Brutus and the animals.
  • Bathsheba: (Shirley Millner) A selfish member of the Silverwing elders who dislikes Frieda and Shade. At the end of the series, Bathsheba abandons the colony.
  • Ariel: (Randall Carpenter) Shade's mother whose mate, Cassiel leaves the colony.
  • Mercury: (Ian James Corlett) Frieda's male loyal guardian and leader of the female bats.
  • Chinook: (Matt Hill) Shade's best friend.
  • Zephyr: (Richard Newman) A wise and blind albino bat living in the cathedral spire, serving as "traffic controller" and wishing the colony to be safe. He teaches Shade and Marina with star navigation for extensive knowledge, herbal remedies and echo projection.
  • Scirocco: (Ian James Corlett) The charismatic shapeshifting leader of the colony of banded bats dwelling in the mountain's cabin, where they confront Goth and Throbb.
  • Penelope: (Randall Carpenter) Marina's best friend and one of the banded bats, whom Shade rescues .
  • Hector: (Lee Tockar) Chinook's father and one of the Silverwing elders who reunites with the colony at Hibernaculum. He tells Shade that Cassiel is alive.


  • Brutus: (Richard Newman) The main leader of the owls who destroyed Tree Haven. He later declines the war and forgives the group of bats.
  • Orestes: (Richard Ian Cox) Brutus' son who brings nature in peace and fears to study about spiders. After saving Shade and Marina, he saves Brutus from Goth and Throbb.
  • Atlas: (Michael Dobson) Brutus' assistant and the supporting leader of the owls.
  • Ursa: (Candus Churchill) The Kermode bear who later serves as the leader of the beasts and protects the animals from wolves.
  • Luger: (Lee Tockar) The evil leader of the wolves who recruits Goth and Throbb into betraying all animals.
  • Remus: (Richard Ian Cox) The selfish king of the rats and Romulus' brother.
  • Romulus: (Lee Tockar) Remus' brother who trusts Shade and Marina, banishes Remus and becomes the new king of the rats.

Differences from the novel[edit]

  • In the novel, Orestes is King Boreal's son, but changes into Brutus' for the series.
  • in the TV series, goth is killed by icicles, in the book, he's struck by lightning attracted by his metal bands, with help from his god Zots, he survives this and reapers in Sunwing, Throbb is also struck but is not as lucky
  • the book makes no mention of Throbb being Goth's brother in law, instead being portrayed as a reluctant sidekick due to goth's royal birth
  • in the book, shade willingly breaks the law about not looking at the sun, intentions being, a challenge to chinook and irrisistable curiosity
  • in the end of the TV series, the owls forgive shade for looking at the sun, in the book, this doesn't happen untill after the events of Sunwing


Note: The episodes were also released in miniseries format as three television films, including episodes 1-5 were released as A Glimpse of the Sun, episodes 6-9 as Towers of Fire and episodes 10-13 as Redemption.

# Title Original air date (Teletoon)[1]
1 "A Glimpse of the Sun" September 6, 2003 (2003-09-06)
As Shade looks at the sun and mistakenly breaks the law, the owls destroy Tree Haven.
2 "No Bat Is an Island" September 7, 2003 (2003-09-07)
During the early migration after being separated from his colony, Shade ends up on the island and meets Marina, who explains that she got a band on her arm and the colony banished her. Shade suggests Marina to meet up with Frieda.
3 "Pigeon Court" September 14, 2003 (2003-09-14)
Arriving at the city, Shade and Marina evade the pigeons.
4 "Bat in the Belfry" September 21, 2003 (2003-09-21)
Before leaving, Shade and Marina meet Zephyr, who teaches them how to use echo projection.
5 "Dark Alliance" September 28, 2003 (2003-09-28)
Confronting Goth and Throbb, Shade and Marina learn that the two are killing a few animals.
6 "Friends in Deed" October 5, 2003 (2003-10-05)
Orestes frees the bats, and escape from the group of owls. After Orestes force the bats to leave the station, Goth chases Shade but gets electrocuted.
7 "Everything Is Not Black and White" October 12, 2003 (2003-10-12)
Shade and Marina meet and suggest Ursa to defend the animals from the pack of wolves. Later, Goth recovers and kills the crow.
8 "Deception" November 2, 2003 (2003-11-02)
Shade and Marina continue to evade Goth and Throbb, while Bathsheba shortly becomes the leader.
9 "I'm With the Band" November 9, 2003 (2003-11-09)
After meeting up with banded bats at the mountain, Shade saves Marina's colony from Goth and Throbb, who steal the rest of all bands. Meanwhile, the colony arrives at the airport.
10 "Rats" November 23, 2003 (2003-11-23)
After Romulus banishes Remus at the junkyard, Shade and Marina see Orestes again. As the colony and Bathsheba leave, Ariel, Frieda and Mercury escape from the airport.
11 "Strange Batfellows" November 30, 2003 (2003-11-30)
Shade echo-projects Zotz to distract Goth and leaves the mine with his allies.
12 "Hibernaculum" December 7, 2003 (2003-12-07)
As Shade, Marina and Orestes arrive at Hibernaculum, Shade reunites with his colony, Goth and Throbb recruits the wolves, and Bathsheba asks Brutus to remove Shade from the colony.
13 "Day of Judgment" December 14, 2003 (2003-12-14)
After the bears scare the wolves away and Goth is killed by collapsing icicles, the animals congratulate and permit the bats to fly outside.


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