Silverwing (TV series)

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Silverwing Season Set.jpg
Silverwing DVD cover
Genre Animation, Fantasy
Based on Silverwing novel seires 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)
External links
Production website

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) A young heroic Silverwing bat who befriends Marina and uses echo projection, that Zephyr taught him.
  • Marina: (Sharon Alexander) A young Brightwing bat who lived alone on the island and befriends Shade. The humans gave the silver band to Marina and the colony banished her. In the series, Shade and Marina remain friends.
  • Goth: (Michael Dobson) A villainous cannibal bat from South America who 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 who survives the thunderstorm.
  • Frieda: (Pam Hyatt) The banded chief elder and main leader of the Silverwing colony who 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 who lives in the cathedral spire, serves as the "bat traffic controller" and wishes that the colony is migrating safely. He teaches star navigation to lend extensive knowledge, herbal remedies, and echoprojection to Shade and Marina, which affects Goth and Throbb.
  • Scirocco: (Ian James Corlett) The charismatic shapeshifting leader of the colony of banded bats that dwell in a cabin of the mountain, where they confront Goth and Throbb.
  • Penelope: (Randall Carpenter) Marina's best friend and one of the banded bats. They are rescued by Shade and Marina.
  • 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 ordered the owls to destroy Tree Haven. Declining the war, he helps the bats and owls fight back against the wolves.
  • Orestes: (Richard Ian Cox) Brutus' son who wishes to bring 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 who is banished by Romulus.
  • 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]


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 and Throbb survives the thunderstorm, 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)
The bats, bears and owls fight back against the wolves, until Goth is killed by collapsing icicles on the waterfall. The animals congratulate and permit the bats to fly outside.


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