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The Sissy Duckling (1999)

Harvey Fierstein wrote this cartoon fable about Elmer, a sensitive duckling whose schoolmates tease him for being a sissy. However, after his unusual talents help him save a life, the other... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Bell
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1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Dan Butler ... Drake Duckling (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Edward Asner ... Elmer's father (voice)
Andy Dick ... Abner (voice)
Melissa Etheridge ... Elmer's Mama (voice)
Harvey Fierstein ... Elmer (voice)
Estelle Getty ... Mrs. Hennypecker (voice)
Debi Mazar ... Mother Duck 2 (voice)
Kathy Najimy ... Mother Duck 1 (voice)
Stephen Root ... Big Ducky (voice)
Sharon Stone ... Narrator (voice)
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Harvey Fierstein wrote this cartoon fable about Elmer, a sensitive duckling whose schoolmates tease him for being a sissy. However, after his unusual talents help him save a life, the other members of the flock learn to respect him as he is. Written by Steven Capsuto <stevecap@pond.com>

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Genres:

Animation | Family

Certificate:

TV-Y7
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 September 1999 (USA) See more »

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Color:

Color
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Trivia

The children's picture book of this story didn't get published until 3 years after this special aired. It, too, was written by Harvey Fierstein. See more »

Soundtracks

Time Takes Time
Performed by Dionne Warwick
Written by Steve Plunkett, Harvey Fierstein, Spencer Proffer & Carol Connors
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Smart story, but had issues that couldn't be easily ignored.
11 December 2015 | by pjchatmanSee all my reviews

I just wish the voice actors were better cast. Harvey Fierstein was NOT a good choice, at all, for Elmer's voice. It was waaaaaay to distractedly raspy. Not AT ALL believable that a duckling would even have this kind of voice. Unless that was part of the point of Elmer being different. But, I believe as Ferstein is a homosexual, that the story was more about homosexual tolerance. (Or specifically, his own story) The name "sissy" could be argued that it was used to make a better point, as opposed to, say "fatty". Not that I have no issues with subjects, like homosexuality, but the voice actors just made it hard to take the story seriously. Harvey Ferstein's singing didn't help at all, either. While I was listening to this without actually watching (I'm typing this while the movie playing midway going towards the end) I could not even imagine that a duckling was talking. All u could hear was Ferstein. Even Ed Asner got corny. But, as for tolerance stories, it was pretty smart. But, the voice actors needed to offer better performances. Even for 1999.


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