The Duck Factory
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|The Duck Factory|
The Duck Factory cover
|Created by||Allan Burns
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Running time||30 min (per episode)|
|Original run||April 12, 1984 – July 11, 1984|
The show was co-created by Allan Burns. The premiere episode introduces Skip Tarkenton (Carrey), a somewhat naive and optimistic young man who has come to Hollywood looking for a job as a cartoonist. When he arrives at a low-budget animation company called Buddy Winkler Productions, he finds out Buddy Winkler has just died, and the company desperately needs new blood. So Skip gets an animation job at the firm, which is nicknamed "The Duck Factory" as their main cartoon is "The Dippy Duck Show".
Other Duck Factory employees seen regularly on the show were man-of-a-thousand-cartoon voices Wally Wooster (played by real-life cartoon voice artist Don Messick); comedy writer Marty Fenneman (played by real-life comedy writer Jay Tarses); artists Brooks Carmichael and Roland Culp, editor Andrea Lewin, and business manager Aggie Aylesworth. Buddy Winkler Productions was now owned by his young, ditzy widow, Mrs Sheree Winkler (Teresa Ganzel), who had been married to Buddy for all of three weeks before his death.
The Duck Factory lasted thirteen episodes; it premiered April 12, 1984. The show initially aired at 9:30 on Thursday nights, directly after Cheers, and replaced Buffalo Bill on NBC's schedule. Jay Tarses, an actor on The Duck Factory, had been the co-creator and executive producer of Buffalo Bill, which had its final network telecast on Thursday, April 5, 1984.
The show changed timeslots in June, moving to Wednesdays at 9:30. The last original episode of The Duck Factory was broadcast on July 11, 1984.
- Jim Carrey - Skip Tarkenton
- Jack Gilford - Brooks Carmichael
- Nancy Lane - Andrea Lewin
- Jay Tarses - Marty Fenneman
- Don Messick - Wally Wooster/Voice of Dippy Duck
- Julie Payne - Aggie Aylesworth
- Clarence Gilyard Jr - Roland Culp
- Teresa Ganzel - Mrs. Sheree Winkler
In 1995, two VHS videocassettes were released in the United States, one containing the first three episodes, the other the last three episodes. The two volumes were released in the United Kingdom in 1997(Pictured above), slightly expanded to the first four and the last four episodes of the series (which had never been broadcast in the UK). A full-season VHS or DVD set has yet to be released.
- Goodbye Buddy, Hello Skip (April 12, 1984)
- Filling Buddy's Shoes (April 19, 1984)
- The Annies (April 26, 1984)
- No Good Deed (May 3, 1984)
- The Way We Weren't (May 10, 1984)
- Can We Talk? (May 17, 1984)
- The Education of Mrs. Winkler (a.k.a. The Education of S*h*e*r*e*e W*i*n*k*l*e*r) (May 24, 1984)
- Ordinary People, Too (June 6, 1984)
- It Didn't Happen One Night (June 13, 1984)
- The Duck Stops Here (June 20, 1984)
- The Children's Half Hour (June 27, 1984)
- You Always Love the One You Hurt (July 4, 1984)
- Call Me Responsible (July 11, 1984)