Queer Duck: The Movie is the relentlessly funny, feature-length extension of the animated series Queer Duck, created by frequent The Simpsons scripter Mike Reiss. Sexually scandalous yet sweet, the movie is a cascade of pop-culture stereotypes of gays in America, punctuated by rapid-fire references (as with The Simpsons) to, well, just about everything: classic movies, game shows, Gilbert and Sullivan, Paul Lynde. Hey, there's even a storyline: Queer Duck (voiced by Jim J. Bullock) and his partner of 18 months ("That's a lifetime in gay years"), Harvey Fierstein sound-alike Stephen Arlo "Openly" Gator (Kevin Michael Richardson), hit a relationship crisis when the fey fowl is wooed by a brassy Broadway broad. Queer Duck wonders if he'd be happier being straight. While Gator the waiter spills his problems to a compassionate Conan O'Brien (thanks for the cameo), Queer Duck goes on a personal odyssey that ultimately leads to a showdown with a television evangelist at a theme park ... Written by
I literally signed up at this site just to knock this lame duck out of the water. I'm almost positive the person who wrote the review "Queer Duck Rules" had some hand in the production of this film, because this was just junk. I checked it out because I saw that it was written by a former Simpsons writer, and had Conan as a guest voice...how could that not be funny? But this film just completely lacked the flow of a proper comedy. There were a couple of decent jokes in the mess though, but I didn't actually laugh at any of them. I just kind of acknowledged that they were jokes in a "well, that's not bad" type of way. Nothing worth spending money on.
In addition, the film kept on using sound effects after each joke...like a drummer in a nightclub. I guess to ensure that the audience understood which lines were jokes, and just about everyone came off looking bad. On top of all of this, the musical numbers were drawn out and tedious, which made them feel like nothing more than filler.
This cartoon runs at about seventy-two minutes. I turned it off at about fifty minutes, and I actually felt ashamed that I wasted fifty minutes on it. That should tell you all you need to know right there.
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