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Super Wings
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Korean출동! 슈퍼윙스
Chinese超级飞侠
Genre
Created byGil Hoon Jung
Written by
  • Anne D. Bernstein (Head Writer)
  • Young Woo Kim
  • Jung Jin Hong
  • Pammy Salmon
Directed byJin Yong Kim
Voices of
English version
  • Luca Padovan
  • J. L. Mount
  • Junah Jang
  • Colin Critchley
  • Gary Littman
  • Emma Fusco
  • Evan Smolin
ComposerSeung Hyuk Yang (Studio Doma)
Country of origin
  • South Korea
  • China
  • United States
  • Japan
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes204 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
  • Young Hong Jeong
  • Jisoo Han
  • Sang Ho Han
  • Chan Kyung Jung
  • Ray Wang
For Little Airplane
Producers
  • Seong Su Kim
  • Jonghyuk (Dane) Lee
  • Nae Young Kwak
  • Yong Jun Lee
  • Doo Ri Park
  • Sharon Gomes Thomas (Head of Production, Little Airplane)
  • Fred Weinberg (Little Airplane)
  • Do Uk Kim (FunnyFlux)
  • Jung Jin Hong (FunnyFlux)
  • Kelvin Li (Head of Production, Qianqi)
  • Miles Lau (Head of Production, Qianqi)
Running time12 min.
Production companies
Distributor
Release
Original network
Picture format16:9
Audio formatSurround
First shown inSouth Korea
Original releaseSeptember 1, 2014 (2014-09-01)

Super Wings (Korean: 출동! 슈퍼윙스; Chinese: 超级飞侠) is a South Korean-Chinese-American animated television series co-produced by FunnyFlux Entertainment in South Korea, Alpha Group Co., Ltd. in China, and Little Airplane Productions in the United States, with the production support from the Educational Broadcasting System in South Korea, and additional support from KOCCA.

Plot[edit]

The series follows a basic format, in which Jett interacts with other Super Wings at World Airport before being called to a delivery, being informed by Jimbo and taught some facts about the location and some of the local language. Using this knowledge, he interacts with the kid or kids ordering the packages until they reach a problem, during which he calls for the assistance of one or more of the Super Wings (some of the people ordering the packages are adults in certain episodes). The additional help would assist in solving the problem before they leave with Jett.

The format remained relevant in Season 2, though the interaction segments were dropped. Jimbo also no longer works at World Airport in this season, being replaced by his niece Sky while he goes on an around-the-world vacation (though he still makes cameos in the locations Jett makes his deliveries). The assisting format was also altered, as typically more than one Super Wing ends up with Jett at the end of the episode.

Season 3 brings the interaction segment back to the fold, and sees Jimbo return as a maintenance technician. The rest of the format stays the same as in Season 2, though the assistance method was changed once again. Jett now receives help from a specialized team of Super Wings, rather than a random selection. The episode count also dropped from 52 to 40.

Major changes came in Season 4, and much of the show now takes place on World Aircraft, a giant plane functioning as a mobile airport (with Jimbo as captain and Sky as communications officer). The kids now actually call the Super Wings to make specialized products (manufactured by Storm, a new character and World Aircraft's chief engineer), which were shipped in metal containers rather than the cardboard boxes of the past seasons. Jett now regularly has a travel buddy for his deliveries, and they are instead given upgrades via a super charge beam instead of receiving help, though other Super Wings show up at random times in some episodes. The number of episodes still dropped to 40.

Season 5 keeps pretty much everything that was new in Season 4, the Super Wings are still in the World Aircraft (Jimbo, Sky and Storm in their same positions). Except this time the Super Wings have new companions: the Super Pets, small vehicles resembling Super Wings, they can transform into all kinds of things for missions. They also have to face Golden Boy, a golden plane that can transform and use his arms like rockets, he appears regularly in episodes to prevent the Super Wings from carrying out their missions perfectly. Unlike in Season 4, Jett no longer calls Super Charge mode but rather Super Rescue, a team made up of a Super Wings and his/her Super Pet. Season 5 has for the moment only 20 episodes.

Development[edit]

In 2010, Super Wings was originated from Little Airplane Wissie (Korean: 꼬마비행기 위시) which set in Ciel City. The main character of this series, Jett was originally named Wissie.[1] Wissie and his friends are not transforming robots, unlike current concept; and was looks closer to another South Korean animated series The Airport Diary.

Super Wings was announced in September 2013, and had a licensing market debut at that year's MIPJunior in Cannes, France.[2]

Characters[edit]

  • Jett (Korean: 호기; Chinese: 乐迪; voiced by Luca Padovan (Season 1) and Hudson Loverro (Season 2-present) in the English version): The main character, a red and white male jet plane. His task is to deliver packages to kids around the world. Jett is the fastest aircraft in the world! He is full of energy and confidence. Jett is very friendly with everyone at the international airport. He likes to fly around the world to help children deliver packages. Whenever there is difficulty, which is often because Jett is incompetent, he will call his best friend "super wings" to help! Jett's original power was solely Jett Speed, though as the show progressed, he became able to adapt to any environment, also gaining in competency. In Season 5, Jett has a new little companion: Mini Jett the Super Pet.
  • Donnie (Korean: 도니; Chinese: 多多; voiced by Colin Critchley in the English version): A male yellow and blue plane. His specialty is to make or repair things using his handy tool kit. He's prone to self-inflicted accidents, Donnie Based on Canadair CL-415 but in cartoony version.Donnie is an excellent engineer in Super Hero. He always meets the possibilities of infinity in the best condition. He is a good and trustworthy partner with a powerful toolbox that always helps other Super Wings at critical moments. Although Donnie is smart, he always likes to make things that make people laugh and cry.[3] In Season 3, he becomes the leader of the Build-It Buddies (which is formed by him and his two siblings, Remi (a mixing truck) and Scoop (an excavator)). In Season 5, he's followed by his new Super Pet: Mini Donnie
  • Dizzy (Korean: 아리; Chinese: 小爱; voiced by Junah Jang (Season 1) and Jenna Iacono (Season 2-present) in the English version): A pink and white female helicopter. Her main task is to rescue the people in need of her assistance. Dizzy is a pink rescue helicopter with rescue ropes and emergency equipment. Don't look at her Svens, she is very powerful. As long as Jett is in a critical situation and needs help, Dizzy will be dispatched immediately because they are the best partners! In Season 3, she's the leader of the Rescue Riders. In Season 5, Dizzy has a new Super Pet: Mini Dizzy
  • Jerome (Korean: 재롬; Chinese: 酷飞; voiced by Evan Smolin in the English version): A male blue fighter jet based on McDonnell/Douglas F-18 from Blue Angels aerobatic team. He believes that some problems Jett faces can be solved with a dance routine, and thinks he can do other Super Wings' missions better than they can do them themselves. He was written off as a main character in Season 3, becoming the leader of Team Jerome (which is formed by him and his two siblings, the Sister of Rome and Jerry (two other fighter jets, who don't transform), a competition stunt team.
  • Paul (Korean: 봉반장; Chinese: 包警长; voiced by Gary Littman in the English version): A blue and white police plane. One of his jobs is to guard the World Airport at night. At times, he helps Jett and others by using his traffic control and detective skills in certain situations. Paul was originally strict yet fun-loving, but as the show progressed, he loosened up and replaced Jerome as the dancing expert of the Super Wings. In Season 3, he's the leader of the Police Patrol. Paul has in season 5 a Super Pet: Mini Paul
  • Grand Albert (Korean: 다알지 할아버지; Chinese: 胡须爷爷; voiced by Bill Raymond in the English version): A retired male orange bi-plane with a front propeller based on Grumman F2F. He gives moral advice about some tasks to Jett. Also, he has a trunk full of items collected over time from his young days as an adventurer, the most prominent being the telephoto transporter, a camera which can change the size of whatever is photographed. Like Jerome, he was written off as a main character in Season 3, but he still makes cameos in succeeding seasons.
  • Mira (Korean: 미나; Chinese: 小青; voiced by Elana Caceres in the English version): A female green jet plane. She is the only member of the Super Wings team that loves water and can breathe underwater without the use of diving equipment (up until Chase's introduction and Jett's upgrades in Season 3). In Season 3, she's the leader of the Wild Team. She was written off in Season 5.
  • Bello (Korean: 주주; Chinese: 卡文; voiced by Jason Griffith in the English version): A male black and white striped safari plane with a propeller. His specialty is to talk with various animals in their language. He was written off in Season 3.
  • Chase (Korean: 에이스; Chinese: 酷雷; voiced by Will Blagrove in the English version): A male dark blue spy plane. He can transform into almost anything in addition to a robot and a plane. He was absent in Seasons 3, 4 and 5.
  • Todd (Korean: 두두; Chinese: 金刚; voiced by Joseph Ricci in the English version): A male brown construction plane. He has a drill for his nose. He was written off in Season 3.
  • Astra (Korean: 샛별; Chinese: 米莉; voiced by Hayley Negrin in the English version): A female white space plane. She is an expert on missions that involves outer space. Astra has a twin brother who appears in the Season Three called Astro. She's the leader of Galaxy Wings, and is the only Season 2 character to appear in following seasons. She as a new Super Pet in season 5: Mini Astra.
  • Flip (Korean: 피구; Chinese: 淘淘; voiced by Jian Harrell in the English version): A male red plane, who knows a lot about sports. He joined the Super Wings in "The Bermuda Blunder" after helping rescue Jett from the Bermuda Triangle. He was written off in Season 3.
  • Jimbo (Korean: 코보; Chinese: 金宝; voiced by J. L. Mount in the English version): The former main traffic controller and the only human working at the World Airport in Season 1. In Season 2, he goes on an around-the-world vacation while his niece, Sky takes his place as the traffic controller, though he does make cameos in Jett's delivery destinations. In Season 3 he returns, this time as Maintenance Technician, before becoming the Captain Commander of World Aircraft, the new base for the Super Wings during Season 4.
  • Sky (Korean: 하늘; Chinese: 安琪; voiced by Madison Kelly in the English version): The current main traffic controller and the only human working at the World Airport after Jimbo went on vacation (Until his return in Season 3). Jimbo's niece. In Season 4, she's the new communications officer of World Aircraft. She gets around on a hoverboard. His devices are the same in Season 5
  • Storm (Korean: 우주; Chinese: 小风): A young boy introduced in Season 4 and the chief engineer of World Aircraft. He gets around with a jetpack. his devices are the same in season 5
  • Roy (Korean: 로이; Chinese: 皮皮; voiced by Emma Fusco in the English version): A luggage tug. He is always wanting to fly, like the Super Wings. He often drops some items on the tarmac because he is in such a hurry. He has a twin brother named Ray.
  • Poppa Wheels (Korean: 파파트럭; Chinese: 卡尔; voiced by Benjie Randall in the English version): A truck who works as Donnie's Assistant and transforms into robot mode. He acts as a father figure towards Donnie. He was written off in Season 3.
  • Big Wing (Korean: 빅윙; Chinese: 大鹏; voiced by Conor Hall in the English version): A blue and white jumbo passenger plane with a yellow stripe. He is the biggest member of the Super Wings team. He's the only Super Wings member that does not transform into robot mode. (Note: A large airplane similar to Big Wing appears in the Season Three episode "The Case of the Lost Suitcase") He was written off in Season 4.
  • Neo (Korean: 네오; Chinese: 圆圆; voiced by Catie Harvey in the English version): A small plane colored yellow and green. She works at a factory that transforms. Neo was absent in Season 4 and Season 5.
  • Zoey (Korean: 조이; Chinese: 小柔; voiced by Alisha Liston in the English version): An female pink and white ambulance, who is part of the Rescue Riders.
  • Sparky (Korean: 로키; Chinese: 大勇; voiced by Nathan Blaiwes in the English version): A male fire engine, who is part of the Rescue Riders. He is also a member of the Super Wings Big Team.
  • Remi (Korean: 레미; Chinese: 雷米; voiced by Camille Schurer in the English version): A female mixing truck with interchangeable bed parts, who is part of the Build-It Buddies. She and Scoop are Donnie's siblings. She is also a member of the Super Wings Big Team.
  • Scoop (Korean: 포키; Chinese: 朗朗; voiced by Brysen Rush in the English version): An male excavator with alternate crane parts, who is part of the Build-It Buddies. He and Remi are Donnie's siblings.
  • Astro (Korean: 한별; Chinese: 米克; voiced by Tex Hammond in the English version): A male white space plane. He is Astra's twin brother, who is a part of the Galaxy Wings.
  • Rover (Korean: 로버; Chinese: 流浪者; voiced by Isaiah Russell-Bailey in the English version): A male white moon rover, who is a part of the Galaxy Wings. He is also a member of the Super Wings Big Team.
  • Swampy (Korean: 누피; Chinese: 沼澤的; voiced by Dashiel Berk in the English version): A male green fan boat. He is part of the Wild Team.
  • Willie (Korean: 해리; Chinese: 威利; voiced by Jalen K. Cassell in the English verson): A male green submarine capable of traveling on land. He is part of the Wild Team. He is also a member of the Super Wings Big Team.
  • Kim (Korean: 김순경; Chinese: 贝警员; voiced by Araceli Prasarttongosoth in the English verson): A female police car. She is part of the Police Patrol.
  • Badge (Korean: 배형사; Chinese: 徽章; voiced by Armen Taylor in the English verson): A tiltrotor police plane, who is part of the Police Patrol. Unlike Paul, he doesn't transform. He is also a member of the Super Wings Big Team.
  • Sister of Rome (Korean: 로마 자매; Chinese: 羅馬姐妹): A female fighter jet, who is part of Team Jerome. She is Jerome's sister. Unlike Jerome, she and Jerry don't transform.
  • Jerry (Korean: 작은 권총; Chinese: 傑瑞): Another male fighter jet, who is part of Team Jerome. He is Jerome's brother. Unlike Jerome, he and the sister of Rome don't transform.
  • Crystal (Korean: 보라; Chinese: 雪儿): A violet female Cat plane who doesn't have a team. She helps people after blizzards and ice storms.
  • Bucky (Korean: 버키; Chinese: 巴奇): An orange and yellow male Rabbit plane capable of shrinking who is the insect expert of the Super Wings. He deals with problems that require being small.
  • Golden Boy (Korean: 골든 보이; Chinese: 金小子): A yellow/golden male plane and the main antagonist in the series. He always plays tricks on Jett and his friends.
  • Sunny (Korean: 써니; Chinese: ?): A orange and white female plane, she's love singing and dancing and has a little companion Super Pet named Mini Sunny.
  • Leo (Korean: 레오; Chinese: ?): A blue flying car, like Flip in Season 2, he joined the Super Wings when Jimbo offered him the opportunity to become one of them. He has a new Super Pet named Mini Leo.
  • The Super Pets (Korean: ?; Chinese: ?): Also known as Super Minis; In the number of seven, the Super Pets his the news companions of the Super Wings; they can transform in various object likes a Glove, a Rescue Pillow, a Shield, a crasher, a holo-rope, or a speaker. They are very cute and playfull with the Super Wings.


Teams[edit]

In Season 3, Jett receives help from a team of Super Wings instead of just one. Whenever a Super Wings team is selected, his wings symbol changes to that of the assisting team and he gains a new helmet and equipment related to the team (with the exception of Team Jerome and Big Team).

  • Rescue Riders: Composed of Dizzy, Zoey and Sparky. Specializing in rescue operations, they often help Jett in medical situations, fires and search and rescue. When Jett works with the Rescue Riders, he gains a safety helmet and a backpack loaded with first aid supplies and emergency kits.
  • Build-It Buddies: Composed of Donnie, Scoop and Remi. Specializing in construction and repair jobs, they often help Jett in situations where they need to build something. When Jett works with the Build-It Buddies, he gains a hard hat and a backpack loaded with a large assortment of tools.
  • Galaxy Wings: Composed of Astra, Astro and Rover. Specializing in problems involving space and technology, they often help Jett in situations involving space travel and advanced technology. When Jett works with the Galaxy Wings, he gains a space helmet and a jetpack containing specialized equipment.
  • Wild Team: Composed of Mira, Swampy and Willie. Specializing in missions on water and in the wild, they often help Jett in situations involving underwater travel or swamp treks. When Jett works with the Wild Team, he gains a set of diving mask and a pair of turboprops on his wings.
  • Police Patrol: Composed of Paul, Kim and Badge. Specializing in detective works and crowd control, they often help Jett in situations involving public masses and lost objects. When Jett works with the Police Patrol, he gains a safety helmet and a backpack loaded with assorted equipment.
  • Big Team: Composed of Sparky, Remi, Rover, Willie, and Badge. Specializing in many missions and many problems, they help Jett in situations that stucks people.
  • Team Jerome: Composed of Jerome, Jerry and the Sister of Rome. Unlike the other Super Wings teams, Team Jerome is a specialized stunt team, often seen at airshows.

Episodes[edit]

SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
1523 December 2013 (2013-12-03)2 January 2016 (2016-01-02)
25224 March 2017 (2017-03-24)18 September 2017 (2017-09-18)
3401 September 2018 (2018-09-01)30 June 2019 (2019-06-30)
440TBATBA
520November 5, 2020 (2020-11-05)TBA

Release[edit]

Distribution[edit]

For Mainland China and the rest of Asia, as well as the Middle East, Alpha Animation and Culture holds the distribution rights of the series. For the rest of the world, the series is distributed by CJ E&M.[4][5]

Broadcast[edit]

In South Korea, Super Wings premiered on September 1, 2014 on what is now EBS1,[6] a public service terrestrial television channel operated by Educational Broadcasting System. The initial airings on EBS included a segment which celebrated certain children's birthdays during the closing credits. It was repeated on some of children's interest channels on multichannel platforms in the country since then: Tooniverse, owned by CJ E&M, was one of such channels. Season 2 premiered on March 1, 2017 on EBS1.[7][8]

In China, the series was syndicated, distributed by Alpha to television stations.

In the United States, Super Wings (Seasons 1 and 2) also premiered on March 14, 2015 on Sprout (now Universal Kids).

In Canada, the series was premiered on March 3, 2015 on Treehouse TV (owned by Corus).

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, Super Wings was premiered on Cartoonito and Tiny Pop on February 6, 2017.[9]

In the Arab World, the series was broadcast on Spacetoon on March 7, 2016. While in the Saudi Arabia, the series was broadcast on Basma on 2013.

In Australia, the series was broadcast on Eleven (now 10 Peach).

In Singapore, the series debuted on Okto on October 14, 2017.[10]

In Hong Kong, the series all debuted on Now TV (Hong Kong) on April 25, 2019.

In Indonesia, the series was originally broadcast on GTV (formerly Global TV); but moved to, and third season was debuted on RTV on April 29, 2019.[11] The fourth season debuted on August 5, 2020.[12]

In Israel, the series is being broadcast on Hop! Channel.

In Germany, the series was broadcast on Super RTL and KiKA.

In Russia, the series was broadcast on Carousel.

In Albania, the series is currently being broadcast on Çufo.

In Poland, the series was broadcast on TVP ABC.

In Ukraine, the series was broadcast on PLUSPLUS.

In Spain, the series was broadcast on Clan TV and Canal Panda.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Result
2016 International Emmy Kids Awards Kids: Preschool Super Wings Nominated
2019 International Emmy Kids Awards Kids: Preschool Super Wings Nominated

Merchandise and other media[edit]

Alpha Animation and Culture in China (whose toy division is also operated under its Auldey brand) holds master toy license worldwide.[2] In the United States and Canada, the toys are sold by Auldey Toys and Imports Dragon, respectively.[13]

Nelvana (a Corus company) has consumer products rights of Super Wings for the United States, Canada and France.[13][14]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Super Wings flies to new broadcasters". kidscreen.com. Retrieved March 16, 2017.
  5. ^ Wolfe, Jennifer (February 24, 2015). "Super Wings Takes Flight to the Americas". AWN.com. Retrieved March 3, 2016.
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  9. ^ "Boomerang UK And Cartoonito UK February 2017 Highlights" (Press release). Turner UK. Retrieved January 24, 2017 – via RegularCapital.
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