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
Not Great Cinema, But Funny if You Love Campy Humour
I enjoyed Queer Duck when it first showed up online. I went into the movie, however, with no expectations that I would even like it that much. I thought it was a fun hour+. The jokes and visual puns are nicely done, and Conan O'Brien played his "role" well. Sadly, many of the celebrity-driven jokes are from a specific time and place, but if you know the context, you'll laugh out loud. The DVD itself is worth watching, including the original internet videos and interviews with the creators and voice actors. All this said, if you're looking for something that speaks to the struggle to be happily gay in a heterosexual world or imparts a greater wisdom, watch "The Life and Times of Harvey Milk" or some other film; this is not for you.
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