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
This consistently clever, though rarely hilarious low budget cartoon is suitable only for hardcore cartoon (homoerotic?)animation fans, with it's sole purpose being 70 + minutes of shoddy animation dedicated to making fun with, though not of, gays. Alienating a large portion in an already small demographic, Queer Duck does not shy away from the queer demographic in it's relentless cuts to musical numbers and continuous homophobic baiting, although the constant pop culture and celebrity gags should appease many of the students of Family Guy, South Park, and The Simpsons (from which Queer Duck's creator was first established). If one were to distill the zany scatological humor found throughout those gems, cut the resources by about 85%, and add an entire unabashedly homosexual slant, one may appreciate what this little toon is offering.
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