Queer Duck: The Movie
|Queer Duck: The Movie|
DVD cover for Queer Duck: The Movie
|Directed by||Xeth Feinberg|
|Produced by||Tal Vigderson
|Written by||Mike Reiss|
|Starring||Jim J. Bullock
Kevin Michael Richardson
Jeff Glenn Bennett
|Music by||Sam Elwitt|
|Edited by||Damon P. Yoches|
Queer Duck: The Movie, is a direct-to-DVD film based on the popular web series Queer Duck produced by Icebox.com for Mishmash Media, Inc. The film first aired on the gay-themed channel Logo in July 16, 2006, then it was released on DVD July 18, 2006. Paramount and Viacom now own the rights to the film. They released it free to The Paramount Vault YouTube channel on April 3, 2015.
The film reunites the original creators and cast of Queer Duck, plus special guest stars Conan O'Brien as himself, Tim Curry as Peccery the butler, Jeff Glen Bennett as the main antagonist; a homophobic bigoted priest named Reverend Vandergelding, Mark Hamill as a hot dog vendor, Bruce Vilanch as himself, Andy Dick as former drag queen Rex (formerly Regina), Jackie Hoffman as Broadway actress Lola Buzzard, April Winchell doing additional voices and David Duchovny as "Tiny Jesus".
All of the Queer Duck production staff from Icebox.com returned for the movie. It was originally going to be produced and aired by its TV network Showtime but since the network quit supporting gay shows, the series was dropped and it became a full Icebox production. The animation has approved a little such as Queer Duck frolicking more smoothly, Openly Gator's mouth being shorter and Oscar Wildcat gaining weight, but still had the limited animation style from the webisodes. Also, the theater sign that says "Queer Duck - The Musical" changed to "Queer Duck - The Movie" to support the movie. The theme song has also extended as well. Footage of each actors recording sessions were provided in the credits.
Several past characters such as Queer Duck's family return for the film and just like the original series, several celebrities were parodied and voiced by imitators, with the exceptions of Bruce Villanch and Conan O'Brien. Unlike the original series, non-celebrity humans also appear such as the gay baseball players, a hot dog vendor (Mark Hamill) and the Happy Family who own the themepark Happyland, now Fairyland. The film was released to DVD in all the US except Utah. This was their latest Queer Duck and presumably final one since 2001. It was the first Internet animation to be screened during the Polish Festival of Equality 2008 in Warsaw. Creator Mike Reiss considered the film the "best thing he ever wrote".
The film focuses on Queer Duck who wakes up from a late night party and watches a commercial for an amusement park called Happyland. Declaring it a gay day for the park ("Gay Day at Happyland"), they were closed down by the officials and were told to leave because they were gay. Soaking in bed, he realized that there's no point of being homosexual if almost everyone is against it. During work, he meets the quirky, energetic and suave Broadway actor Lola Buzzard (Jackie Hoffman) which stroke his heart from her sweet and sassyness along with her upbeat attitude ("Smile, Damn You, Smile"). He encourages her to do Broadway acting once more which she does in a play called "Still Alive", which she won an award from Rosie O'Donnell's show. Because he starts developing a crush on her, he is deciding whenever to stay gay or turn straight. Oscar Wildcat insisted that marrying Lola would be his only chance of a relationship unlike his chance. During his youth, in the 60s, since homosexuality was a crime, gay bars were hidden and disguised and only revealed at times when authorities were gone. When he went to the bar, he meets a drag queen named Rex who calls herself Regina as she sings "Shamalama" with her band, The Blueballs. The two dance and before they kissed, the Stonewall riots occurred and he was separated from Regina and beaten up but he managed to keep his sixties earring as a remembrance becoming a nipple ring. This decision also has an effect on his lover, Openly Gator who wants Queer Duck to accept for who he is without change. Queer Duck asks Openly Gator about this and he states (in hidden emotion) that whatever makes Queer Duck happy will make him happy. Queer Duck decides to marry Lola but needs help turning straight so Lola recommends him to a homophobic bigoted priest named Reverend Vandergelding that can turn him straight. All of the reverend's procedures failed and so he creates an elixir that turns him straight. When Queer Duck drinks it, he is muscle bounded, becomes fat, straight and monotonish and marries Lola Buzzard until her unexpected death, leaving him to wish to turn gay again. Openly Gator, still sad from losing his lover, takes his frustrations out on Conan O'Brien who keeps eating at the restaurant. He also plans to stop Queer Duck's wedding before he realizes that Queer Duck didn't show up and when he did, he told him to beat it and called him a "homo".
After turning gay by Barbra Streisand, he loses the love of his life; Openly Gator, who states that he's in a relationship with Liza Minnelli thinking that the Liza he got was just an imitator but it turns out to be the real one, but gains respect and independence of homosexuals. The reverend was arrested for kidnapping and intoxicating clients after Queer Duck returned to him as a gay man again in which he threatened him in response. Lola gave all of her fortune to Queer Duck when she died and so, he used it by buying the gay bashing theme park Happyland, giving Bi-Polar Bear a baseball stadium since as a child, he always gets picked last ("Baseball is Gay"), and gave Oscar Wildcat his own antique variety show. Oscar reunites with Regina as she tries to pawn off her earring. Regina has become Rex again and gave up his drag life, being a customer of Reverend Vandergelding. Oscar, realizing that he can stay a homosexual and get the love of his life, shows him her earring he snatched. Since they now recognize each other from when they were young, they no longer have to worry since there both gay and they save sex on national TV. Vandergelding is so irritated with so much references of homosexuality from Oscar's live sex routine to the announcement of the world's first gay theme park, that he escapes prison, kidnaps Queer Duck and vows to pour his big pot of elixir all over Fairy Land (formerly Happyland) to turn all gay people into heterosexuals, but Openly Gator, after hearing that Queer Duck is in trouble when he was assigned as a captain of a ride in the park by his agent, comes to the rescue and stops the Reverend and kicks him out where he is splashed with his own elixir and pink hair is stuck on him, in which a gay bull charges him and kisses him, thinking he was another bull.
Openly Gator and Queer Duck kiss and make up, which Queer Duck states that he's gay to stay, which they end the movie with their last hit number "I'm Glad I'm Gay".
- Jim J. Bullock as Adam Seymour "Queer Duck" Duckstein: A gay duck who works as a nurse and gained the fortune from his ex-wife Lola Buzzard, who died, which he used to make the world's first gay theme park and made his friends' dreams come true.
- Jackie Hoffman as Lola Buzzard: A 78-year-old Broadway actress who was full of power and married Queer Duck before her death which was caused from too much toxin in her blood.
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Steven Arlo "Openly" Gator: Queer Duck's longtime partner who works as a waiter in a restaurant called T.S. It's Monday which he often sobs that Queer Duck is not accepting himself for who he is and takes his frustrations on Conan O'Brien. His voice is a reminiscent to Harvey Fierstein.
- Billy West as Bi Polar Bear: One of Queer Duck's friends with a chuckling laugh and makes funny jokes that he only laughed at. He was always picked last at baseball and then Queer Duck bought him his own baseball stadium and team. His voice is a reminiscent to Paul Lynde. He works at a perfume stand in a mall.
- Maurice LaMarche as Oscar Wildcat: One of Queer Duck's friends, an alcoholic who reunites with a drag queen named Regina (now Rex) who he loved during his youth. He works at a Shirley Temple antique store. LaMarche also voices Morty Duckstein and others.
- Jeff Glenn Bennett as Reverend Vandergelding: A bigoted homophobic priest that made Rex and Queer Duck straight and was arrested for intoxicating his clients.
- Tim Curry as Peccary: Lola's (formerly) and Queer Duck's metrosexual pig butler who loves to drive the limousine very fast and has an affair with a hot dog vendor.
- Conan O'Brien as Himself
- David Duchovny as Tiny Jesus: A miniature model of Jesus Christ in a cross that makes some small lines towards the end of the film.
- Bruce Vilanch as Himself
- Estelle Harris as Mrs. Duckstein
- Tress MacNeille as Melissa and others
- Andy Dick as Regina/Rex
- Mark Hamill as A hot dog vendor, Police Officer, Owl Doctor
- Billy West
- Kevin Michael Richardson
- Mark Hamill
- Howard Hoffman
- Tress MacNeille
- Barbara Goodson
- April Winchell
- Kevin Chamberlin
- Nick Jameson
- Cher (as overturned chairs)
- Stevie Wonder (as a child)
- Stephen Hawking (as a child)
- Shirley Temple (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
- Rupert Everett
- Daniel Day Lewis (mentioned)
- Jay Leno
- Jon Lovitz
- Robert Blake
- Jennifer Lopez
- Björk (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
- Joan Rivers (voiced by Debi Mae West)
- Coco Chanel (as Björk's scarf turned corpse)
- Rosie O'Donnell (voiced by Audrey Wasilewski)
- Elaine Stritch
- Bea Arthur
- Gwen Verdon (as a skeleton)
- Bob Dylan (voiced by Billy West)
- Stanley Kubrick
- Richard Nixon
- Pat Nixon
- Michael Jackson (voiced by Chris Cox) and Bubbles
- Elizabeth Taylor (voiced by Barbara Goodson)
- Carrot Top (voiced by Billy West)
- Dr. Laura
- Cameron Diaz (as a photo)
- Camryn Manheim (as a photo)
- Sister Wendy (as a photo)
- The Houston Astros
- Barbra Streisand (voiced by Tress MacNeille)
- Liza Minnelli
- Queer Eye for the Straight Girl cast members
- Emilio Estevez
- Linda Blair (as a pepper mill)
- David Sedaris (as a dwarf)
- Dick Cheney (voiced by Maurice LaMarche)
- Rock Hudson (as an angel)
- Louie Armstrong (voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson)
Queer Duck: The Movie received generally mixed reviews from critics and audiences. While they criticized the animation, narrative, and songs, they did praise the characters and voice acting.