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Release Date:
1 August 1986 (USA) See more »
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You will believe that a duck can talk. See more »
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A sarcastic humanoid duck is pulled from his homeworld to Earth where he must stop an alien invader. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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4 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Lea Thompson ... Beverly Switzler

Jeffrey Jones ... Dr. Walter Jenning

Tim Robbins ... Phil Blumburtt

Ed Gale ... Howard T. Duck

Chip Zien ... Howard T. Duck (voice)
Tim Rose ... Howard T. Duck
Steve Sleap ... Howard T. Duck
Peter Baird ... Howard T. Duck
Mary Wells ... Howard T. Duck
Lisa Sturz ... Howard T. Duck

Jordan Prentice ... Howard T. Duck

Paul Guilfoyle ... Lieutenant Welker
Liz Sagal ... Ronette, Cherry Bomb

Dominique Davalos ... Cal, Cherry Bomb

Holly Robinson Peete ... K.C., Cherry Bomb (as Holly Robinson)
Tommy Swerdlow ... Ginger Moss

Richard Edson ... Ritchie
Miles Chapin ... Carter

Richard McGonagle ... First Cop
Virginia Capers ... Cora Mae, Secretary

Debbie Lee Carrington ... Additional Ducks

Miguel Sandoval ... Bar Entertainment Supervisor
Sheldon Feldner ... Hot Tub Spa Owner
Lee Anthony ... Grossbach
Paul Comi ... Dr. Chapin
Maureen Coyne ... Teacher

James Lashly ... State Trooper
Tom Parker ... Steve Kanelli, TV Reporter
Ed Holmes ... TV Duck Hunter

David Paymer ... Larry, Scientist
William Hall ... Officer Hanson
Denny Delk ... Sergeant
Martin Ganapoler ... 1st Trucker
Tom Rayhall ... 2nd Trucker
Gary Littlejohn ... 3rd Trucker

Thomas Dolby ... Bartender in Rock Club
Kristopher Logan ... Punk
Reed Kirk Rahlmann ... Bender

John Fleck ... Pimples
William McCoy ... Skin Head
Steven Kravitz ... Lover Boy
Anne Tofflemire ... Lover Girl
Marcia Banks ... Mama Biker

Nancy Fish ... Homeless Bag Lady
Monty Hoffman ... Club Bouncer
Ted Kurtz ... Kirby
Wood Moy ... Chef
Wanda McCaddon ... Hostess
James Brady ... 1st Tour Guide
Carol McElheney ... Screaming Woman
Jeanne Lauren ... Bear

Richard Kiley ... The Cosmos (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck (voice)
Lol Levy ... Detective (uncredited)
Jorli McLain ... Waitress (uncredited)

C. Andrew Nelson ... Rocker (uncredited)
James Olea ... Policeman (uncredited)

Directed by
Willard Huyck 
 
Writing credits
Steve Gerber (Marvel comics character: Howard the Duck)

Willard Huyck (written by) &
Gloria Katz (written by)

Produced by
Robert Latham Brown .... co-producer
Ian Bryce .... associate producer
Gloria Katz .... producer
George Lucas .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
John Barry 
 
Cinematography by
Richard H. Kline 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Chandler 
Sidney Wolinsky 
 
Casting by
Dianne Crittenden 
 
Production Design by
Peter Jamison 
 
Art Direction by
Mark Billerman 
Blake Russell 
 
Set Decoration by
Phil Abramson 
 
Costume Design by
Joe I. Tompkins  (as Joe Tompkins)
 
Makeup Department
Gracie Atherton .... makeup artist
Karen Bradley .... makeup artist: second unit
Thomas R. Burman .... makeup designer: Dr. Jenning
Bari Dreiband-Burman .... makeup designer: Dr. Jenning
Joy Zapata .... hair stylist
 
Production Management
Robert Latham Brown .... production manager
Richard Hashimoto .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Patrick Cosgrove .... second assistant director (as Pat Cosgrove)
Rodney Allen Hooks .... second assistant director: second unit
L. Dean Jones Jr. .... second assistant director (as Dean Jones)
Dan Kolsrud .... first assistant director
John Liberti .... first assistant director: second unit
Thomas J. Wright .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Dave Archer .... celestial paintings
Bob Bauer .... property maker
Robert Bonino .... foreman
Danny Colangelo .... property master
Paul Dal Porto .... property master: second unit
Stephen J. Gardner .... assistant property master: second unit (as Steve Gardner)
Elizabeth Hamilton .... stand-by painter
Dale Haugo .... lead scenic artist
Harley Jessup .... assistant to production designer
Jack Kostelnik .... property maker
John Lister .... carpenter
Pamela Marcotte .... set designer
George F. Mauricio .... property assistant
Stacey S. McIntosh .... foreman
Jim Pohl .... set designer
Michelle Souza .... property assistant
J. Michael Speakman .... property assistant
John Warnke .... assistant art director
Steven Westlund .... property master
Dwight Williams .... construction foreman
J. Michael Davis .... set dresser (uncredited)
Michael Jupp .... storyboard artist (uncredited)
Doug E. Williams .... carpenter (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Agamemnon Andrianos .... sound recording mixer
Sandina Bailo-Lape .... sound re-synchronization editor: Skywalker Sound
Stephen Balliet .... boom operator: second unit
John Benson .... sound effects editor
Gloria S. Borders .... supervising sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Karen Brocco .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Ben Burtt .... sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound
Ben Burtt .... sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
T.M. Christopher .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Gloria D'Alessandro .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Carlyn Montes De Oca .... sound re-synchronization editor assistant
Melissa Dietz .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Ken Fischer .... sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound
Suzy Friedman .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Vivien Hillgrove Gilliam .... dialogue editor
Dan Gleich .... cable operator: second unit
Jean-Pierre Halbwachs .... sound trainee
Richard Hymns .... sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound
Tom Johnson .... foley recordist: Skywalker Sound
Mary Helen Leasman .... sound effects editor: Skywalker Sound
Marilyn McCoppen .... dialogue editor: Skywalker Sound
John Nutt .... dialogue editor: Skywalker Sound
Jenny Oznowicz .... sound editor apprentice (as Jenny Oz)
Diana Pellegrini .... foley artist
Steve Powell .... boom operator
E. Jeane Putnam .... assistant sound editor (as Jeane Putnam)
George Reinhardt .... cable person
Sara Roberts .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Paige Sartorius .... sound editor apprentice: Skywalker Sound
Greg Smith .... location sound: Skywalker Sound
Karen Spangenberg .... dialogue editor
Jenny Stein .... assistant sound editor: Skywalker Sound
Gary Summers .... re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Randy Thom .... sound designer: Skywalker Sound
Randy Thom .... sound re-recording mixer: Skywalker Sound
Dennie Thorpe .... foley artist: Skywalker Sound
Andy Wiskes .... sound mixer: second unit
Rob Fruchtman .... sound editor (uncredited)
Cindy Lowney .... sound (uncredited)
Bob Sarles .... assistant sound editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Marty Brenneis .... special effects
Gregory M. Childers .... special effects (as Greg Childers)
Scott Forbes .... special effects foreman
Scott Forbes .... special effects technician
Reuben Goldberg .... special effects
Jeff Jarvis .... second unit coordinator
Jeff Jarvis .... special effects foreman
Bob MacDonald Jr. .... special effects supervisor
Robert MacDonald .... special effects foreman
Jeff Marz .... special effects
John McLeod .... special effects foreman
Dan Nelson .... special effects
Noni Norwood .... special effects production assistant
Richard Ratliff .... special effects foreman
Raymond Robinson .... special effects
Diana Allen Williams .... puppeteer
Larry Odien .... special effects assistant (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Barbara Affonso .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
Peter Albrecht .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Jon Alexander .... animation camera effects: ILM visual effects unit
Kirk Amidano .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
John Allan Armstrong .... visual effects animator: ILM visual effects unit
Charles Bailey .... manager: ILM creature shop
Donna K. Baker .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Gordon Baker .... visual effects animator: ILM visual effects unit
Greg Beaumonte .... engineer: ILM visual effects unit
Tom Bertino .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Barbara Brennan .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Bill Brewer .... wig maker: ILM creature shop
Rob Burton .... animation camera effects: ILM visual effects unit
Sean M. Casey .... mold design supervisor: ILM creature shop
Nicole Cavallero .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Lanny Cermak .... engineer: ILM visual effects unit
Wade Childress .... visual effects matte photography: ILM
Terry Chostner .... stop motion photography: ILM visual effects unit
Donald Clark .... optical camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Milo Coates .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Robert Cooper .... artisan: ILM creature shop
Kim Costalupes .... assistant editor: ILM visual effects unit
Peter Daulton .... visual effects camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Jay Davis .... artisan: ILM creature shop
Jeff Doran .... lab technician: ILM visual effects unit
Dick Dova .... stage technician: ILM visual effects unit (as Richard Dova Spah)
Karen Dube .... production assistant: ILM visual effects unit
Sheila Duignan .... stop motion construction: ILM visual effects unit
Cheryl Durham .... production accountant: ILM visual effects unit
Randy Dutra .... stop motion construction: ILM visual effects unit
John Ellis .... optical consultant: ILM visual effects unit
Chrissie England .... visual effects coordinator: ILM
Nicholas J. Esposto .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Chuck Eyler .... visual effects animator: ILM visual effects unit
Ellen Ferguson .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Bob Fernley .... production buyer: ILM creature shop
Robert Finley Jr. .... miniature pyrotechnics: ILM visual effects unit
Warren Franklin .... general manager: ILM
Joe Fulmer .... stage technician: ILM visual effects unit
Tim Geideman .... lab technician: ILM visual effects unit
Bill George .... visual effects chief model maker: ILM
Tim Gillet .... location animatronics: ILM creature shop (as Tim Gillett)
Chris Goehe .... moldmaker: ILM creature shop
Ralph Gordon .... optical line-up: ILM visual effects unit
Ned Gorman .... production assistant: ILM visual effects unit
Caroleen Green .... matte artist: ILM visual effects unit
Thomas M. Grimm .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Lynn Gustafson .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Joanne Hafner .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
James Hagedorn .... optical camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Cris Hammond .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
Ian Hiebert .... production assistant
Edward Hirsh .... production manager: ILM visual effects unit
Sandy Houston .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Tony Hudson .... moldmaker: ILM creature shop
Peg Hunter .... optical line-up: ILM visual effects unit
Jay Ignaszewski .... visual effects
Brad Jerrell .... stage technician: ILM visual effects unit
David Johnson .... location animatronics: ILM creature shop (as Dave 'Chuck' Johnson)
Ed Jones .... optical line-up: ILM visual effects unit
Sean Joyce .... matte artist: ILM visual effects unit
Sandra Ford Karpman .... production assistant: ILM visual effects unit (as Sandra R. Ford)
Paula Karsh .... production buyer: ILM creature shop
Pam Kaye .... production accountant: ILM visual effects unit
Pete Kozachik .... visual effects camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Tad Krzanowski .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Lisa Lamerdin .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Tim Lawrence .... duck world ducks creation: ILM creature shop
Victoria Lewis .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Laurel Lichten .... painter: ILM creature shop
Ellen E. Lichtwardt .... visual effects animation supervisor: ILM
James Lim .... optical camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Mike MacKenzie .... engineer: ILM visual effects unit
Tamia Marg .... stop motion construction: ILM visual effects unit
Michael J. McAlister .... visual effects supervisor
Patrick McArdle .... stop motion photography: ILM visual effects unit
Sean McCormick .... foam latex technician: ILM creature shop
David McCue .... visual effects optical supervisor: ILM
Roberto McGrath .... stills: ILM visual effects unit
Scott McNamara .... location animatronics: ILM creature shop
Mark S. Miller .... coordinator: ILM creature shop
Richard Miller .... sculptor: ILM creature shop
Jack Mongovan .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Rodney Morgan .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Jodi Muggenthaler .... production accountant: ILM visual effects unit
Charlie Mullen .... production manager: ILM visual effects unit
Lori J. Nelson .... production assistant: ILM visual effects unit
Bruce Nicholson .... optical consultant: ILM visual effects unit
Kerry Nordquist .... stills: ILM visual effects unit
Phillip Norwood .... visual effects art direction
Michael Olague .... visual effects crew
Jeff Olson .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit (as Jeffrey Olsen)
Frank Ordaz .... visual effects matte painting supervisor: ILM
Randy Ottenberg .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
Michael Owens .... visual effects camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Ease Owyeung .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Ease Owyeung .... model shop supervisor: ILM visual effects unit
Caris Palm .... visual effects camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Udo Pampel .... visual effects machine shop: ILM
Terrence Peck .... assistant editor: ILM visual effects unit
Mary-Curtis Ratcliff .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Stacy Raven .... featherer: ILM creature shop
John Reed .... moldmaker: ILM creature shop
Cindy Reid .... rotoscope: ILM visual effects unit
Jay Riddle .... animation cameraman
Louis Rivera .... lab technician: ILM visual effects unit
Susan Ross .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
Thomas Rosseter .... optical line-up: ILM visual effects unit
Wesley Seeds .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
Mark Setrakian .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Kenneth Smith .... optical consultant: ILM visual effects unit
David Sosalla .... consulting designer: ILM creature shop (as Dave Sosalla)
Tom St. Amand .... visual effects stop motion animation: ILM
Howard Stein .... visual effects editor: ILM
Nick Stern .... visual effects animator: ILM visual effects unit
Kitt Stevens .... production buyer: ILM creature shop
Shelly Stevens .... featherer: ILM creature shop
Peter Stolz .... miniature pyrotechnics: ILM visual effects unit
Eben Stromquist .... animatronic design supervisor: ILM creature shop
Pat Sweeney .... visual effects camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Marc Thorpe .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Vince Tilker .... visual effects machine shop: ILM
Phil Tippett .... stop motion supervisor: ILM visual effects unit
Pat Turner .... visual effects camera operator: ILM visual effects unit
Sean Turner .... visual effects animator: ILM visual effects unit
Richard Vander Wende .... matte artist: ILM visual effects unit
Bruce Vecchitto .... optical line-up: ILM visual effects unit
Lauren Vogt .... location makeup and feathers: ILM creature shop
Harry Walton .... visual effects stop motion supervisor: ILM
Chuck Wiley .... model maker: ILM visual effects unit
Jeffrey Wilkins .... animatronic designer: ILM creature shop
Hal Miles .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Phil Robinson .... visual effects animator: ILM (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Everett Creach .... stunt coordinator
Margarita Fernández .... stunt duck
Paul M. Lane .... stunt driver
Don Ruffin .... stunts
Mickey Alzola .... stunts (uncredited)
Debbie Lee Carrington .... stunt duck (uncredited)
Everett Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Norma J. Creach .... stunts (uncredited)
Dick Durock .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Shawn Lane .... stunt double: Tim Robbins (uncredited)
Gary Littlejohn .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Mulder .... stunts (uncredited)
Felix Silla .... stunt duck (uncredited)
Neil Summers .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Rodney Armanino .... grip (as Rod Armanino)
Michael Bertram .... video assist operator: second unit
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator: "a" camera
Rick Borchardt .... key grip: second unit
Bobby Byrne .... director of photography: second unit
Dave Childers .... best boy grip
Joe Crowley .... gaffer: second unit
Bob Finley III .... best boy
Pat Fitzsimmons .... gaffer
Jon Guterres .... dolly grip
Jim Hawks .... video assist operator
M. Todd Henry .... assistant camera: "a" camera (as Todd Henry)
Robert Hillman .... camera operator: second unit
Doug Hunt .... second assistant camera
Monty Hunter .... second assistant camera: second unit
Barbara Lakin .... still photographer: second unit
Leo Loverro .... second grip second unit
Kim Marks .... camera operator: "b" camera
Richard Craig Meinardus .... first assistant camera: "b" camera
Daniel P. Moore .... video assist operator
Deborah Morgan .... second assistant camera: second unit
Tim Morgan .... lamp operator
David B. Nowell .... camera operator: second unit
Bobby Powell .... best boy: second unit
Patrick Riley .... first assistant camera: second unit
Peter Sorel .... still photographer
Monte Swann .... video playback operator
Gregg Valley .... video assist operator: second unit
Michael Whitehurst .... grip
 
Casting Department
Jill Alman .... casting: second unit
Patricia de Oliveira .... additional casting
Nancy Nayor .... additional casting
Diane Saltzberg .... additional casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael Becker .... costume coordinator
Bill Brewer .... assistant costume designer
Andrea Cooper .... costumer
Claudia Everett .... specialty costume cutter
Barbara Hartman-Jenichen .... specialty costume cutter
Jerry Holcomb .... wardrobe assistant second unit
Odessa McDuffie .... costumer
Sue Miller .... assistant costume designer
Sue Miller .... wardrobe supervisor: second unit
Kathy Phillips .... costumer
Anne Polland .... key costumer
Nancy Servin .... costume cutter: specialty costumes
 
Editorial Department
Charles Bornstein .... additional editor
Phil Downey .... color timer
Rick Finney .... assistant editor
Jay Ignaszewski .... first assistant editor
Kate MacDonald .... apprentice editor
Debra McDermott .... associate editor
Jim Schurmann .... color timer
Edward Warschilka .... additional editor
John Watson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
John Barry .... conductor
Tom Boyd .... musician: oboe soloist
Christopher Brooks .... supervising music editor (as Christopher S. Brooks)
Thomas Dolby .... music producer: original songs
Dennis Dreith .... composer: additional music
Jeff Kliment .... music editor
Sylvester Levay .... composer: additional music
Richard McIlvery .... music mixer: Musician
Louise Rubacky .... assistant music editor
Rick Sanchez .... music recording engineer
James Thatcher .... musician: French horn
Dan Wallin .... music recordist
Clif Brigden .... music producer: original songs (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Jack Carpenter .... driver: camera car
Steve Collins .... transportation coordinator
Wes Phillips .... transportation captain: second unit
Bruce Richardson .... transportation captain
Anthony Muto Jr. .... picture vehicles (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Peter Baird .... puppeteer
Rick Blide .... craft service: second unit
Lyle Byrum .... pilot: ultralight plane
Deborah Capen .... dyer
Bundy Chanock .... set medic
Miles Chapin .... duck coach
Dan Curry .... title designer
Carol DePasquale .... script supervisor: second unit
Jo Donaldson .... researcher
Sarah Elgart .... choreographer
Rory Enke .... location manager
Deborah Fine .... researcher
Jim Gary .... dinosaurs
K.C. Hodenfield .... production assistant: second unit
Louise Jaffe .... script supervisor
Joe Johnston .... ultralight sequence design
Karen Kalton .... production coordinator
Emily Kaufman .... assistant: Gloria Katz
Patrick Moriarty .... duck communications
Nikki Rodis-Jamero .... duck design
Chuck Roseberry .... production assistant
Jim Schelter .... assistant: Randy Thom
Steve Sleap .... puppeteer
Lisa Sturz .... puppeteer
Peter Taylor .... production assistant
Phil Tippett .... alien monster design
Jeromy Zajonc .... aerial safety assistant
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... aerial coordinator
Robert 'Bobby Z' Zajonc .... helicopter pilot: second unit
Lynnanne Zager .... adr voice (uncredited)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Who Prosecuted Howard the Duck?" - Japan (English title)
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Runtime:
110 min
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Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
70 mm 6-Track (70 mm prints) | Dolby (35 mm prints)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Germany:16 (2007 re-rating) | Iceland:12 | Netherlands:6 | Portugal:M/12 | South Korea:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | UK:PG (cut) | USA:PG (certificate #28226) | West Germany:12 (cut)

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Trivia:
The movie was nominated for seven Golden Raspberry Awards in 1986 including Worst Director (Willard Huyck), Worst Original Song ("Howard the Duck") and Worst Supporting Actor (Tim Robbins). The picture won four Razzies, these were for Worst New Star ("the six guys and gals in the duck suit"), Worst Visual Effects, Worst Screenplay, and Worst Picture, which it tied with Prince's Under the Cherry Moon (1986).See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: During the final scene, in which Beverly's band is playing on stage, there is a mirror as part of the stage in which the crew and camera can be seen occasionally.See more »
Quotes:
[last lines]
Howard T. Duck:Not bad for a duck from outer space.
Beverly:You were great, Duckie!
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Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
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14 out of 23 people found the following review useful.
Howard, forever the Underduck, 20 February 2008
Author: Shawn Watson from The Penumbra

Let me tell you something about film critics. It's easy to pick faults in someone else's work, even if you do not have it in your power to create an equal work of art. The average film critic, by his very nature, is just a pretentious know-it-all who is quite frequently talking from the wrong end of his alimentary canal. When HTD came along in 1986 it was the first true victim to the pop culture critic.

For 22 years it has been called 'the biggest flop of all time' and other such terrible labels. Well, it cost $30 million dollars (nothing compared to today's budgets) and took $37 million worldwide and that's not even counting the higher-than-you-think rental revenue. Add it altogether and HTD is most definitely NOT the flop it is accused of being. But since it was a rather eccentric family comedy (an easy target) and one of the first films to significantly under-perform at the domestic box office (George Lucas expected the returns to be astronomical) it became a scapegoat for bad studio spending and taste.

I guess that the world needs something or someone to blame when pop culture goes wrong and the jackass critics I mentioned already seized upon Howard's failings to make a name for themselves. Derogatory soundbites are easy to come up with and everyone who hated the film used some kind of duck-themed insult to put it down and make themselves feel clever. But, when you think about it, these are basically the same people who will deliberately give a bad film a great review just to see their own name on the poster (yes, I am talking to you Paul Ross).

The film also suffered a further bad rep when George Lucas publicly disowned the film. It's under-performance forced him to sell off a part of his company which went on to become Pixar (think of how much he could have earned if he didn't) and it really made him quite angry. Wouldn't you be? Me? I am a huge fan of the late Steve Gerber's comic-books. HTD was basically the first BIG comic-book movie and came surprisingly soon after he found success in his own series. Howard first appeared in an issue of Man-Thing and starred in a few other issues of Conan and even Spider-Man before getting his own wings in the late 70s. The comic-book stories are the most surreal, archaic and satirical I have ever read and it's a shame that they had to tone it down for the movie, but that's to be expected.

As an ordinary duck working for an advertising company on his home planet of Duckworld, Howard is blasted across the universe right out of his living room by an experimental laser developed by Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones). He lands in Cleveland, where he meets Beverly Switzler (Lea Thompson) a singer who takes him under her wing...I mean arm. Now trapped in a world he never made the one attempt at sending him back home unleashes the forces of the Dark Overlord of the Universe on earth through the possession of Dr. Jenning and he intends to bring more of his demons through the portal. Yeah, that sounds pretty heavy.

I'm actually a sucker for duck-related stuff. I don't know why. Donald Duck, Daffy Duck, Duck Tales, Darkwing Duck, Duckman etc. The list goes on and on. What I particularly like about the HTD movie is how most people seem to be completely at ease at talking to a humanoid bird.

Some of the fairer critics claimed that the film might have been a bigger hit if they had used CGI or traditional animation to bring Howard to life, but I must disagree. Part of the appeal of Howard is the fact that he is actually physically there and not some ghost who has been photo-shopped in afterwards. I love the duck suit, to me it is completely convincing and Chip Zien's voice work is perfect. I'd totally love to have Howard as a pal.

No joke, this film has a unfairly notorious history and a totally wrong perception by the general public or those who turned their noses and beaks up when it came out in 1986. Clear your head of any preconceptions that you might have and enjoy it on its own level. Though we really could have done without that silly narration over the opening title.

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