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About This Movie
The DVD release of this film features
interviews of the cast and crew, original trailers, behind-the-scenes
featurettes, and all kinds of cool stuff! A must-buy for fans of
Chip Zien as Howard T. Duck (voice)
Ed Gale as Howard T. Duck
Lea Thompson as Beverly Switzer
Tim Robbins as Phil
Jeffrey Jones as Dr. Jennings
Director- Willard Huyck
Writers- Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz
Producer- Gloria Katz
Executive Producer- George Lucas
Howard the Duck (1986): This is an
incredible movie! It baffles me why this flopped since it so
perfectly captures the quirkiness of the 1980s. And not only did
it flop, it bombed so bad and received such negative critical reviews
that it nearly made "Howard the Duck" a cardinal sin for anyone to mention. It was nearly
impossible to find on VHS and hardly ever on TV. I have only one
thing to say to all the people who blasted this movie, caused it to
flop, and pick on the people who DO like it: "F*** YOU!"
I think it was really just a case of people getting
on the bandwagon without really thinking about it. A lot of those
who downplayed this movie didn't really see it. And a lot of
people wanted to take a potshot at George Lucas who was at the top of
his form. It doesn't make sense to me, but I never followed the
pack. I liked this movie when it first came out and I like it
just as much today if not more. I think a lot of things in this
movie makes more sense now that I'm an adult.
But time went on, and a lot of people figured out
for themselves that this was a cool movie. Since the release of
"Howard the Duck" it is far more liked now than it ever was. So
much so that in 2009, "Howard the Duck" got an official DVD
release! The popularity of this movie is a paradox. In 1986
it bombed royal and became the butt of jokes for comedians and episodic
television, but nowadays, what other movies from 1986 do you
remember? "Howard the Duck" is probably the most widely
remembered movie from that year. And deservedly so.
I think the cast and crew of "Howard the Duck"
should be tickled with the fact that nowadays, in a time where hit
movies are only hit movies for a few weeks, "Howard the Duck" has been
remembered by people for over two decades with no end in sight.
Everyone involved did a wonderful job. On the DVD release, most
of the major cast, and Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz ALL openly admit
that they are proud of this work. It's great to see that almost
everyone who headlined the production appears in recent interviews (Ed
Gale, Lea Thompson, Jeffrey Jones, Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz).
What I would like to ask the nay-sayers, if I gave a
d***, is "Why do you hate 'Howard the Duck' so bad?" Is the duck
not cute and funny? Are the actors not top-notch? Is the
movie not filmed well with incredible special effects and continuous
action? Is the story not entertaining? I can see how some
people would like the movie better than others, but how can anyone hate
this movie so vehemently? Everyone should at least like this film
for its parts.
"Howard the Duck" is, of course, based on the Marvel
Comics title of the same name. This film pretty much follows the
origin story set in the comics. Howard is pulled from his planet
of Duckworld onto Earth through a vortex. Our plucky duck tries
to adjust to Earth while finding out how he can get back home. In
the process another alien, much more sinister, is brought down to Earth
and takes over the body of kindly scientist Dr. Jennings. This
"Dark Lord of the Universe", as he is called, plots to bring down the
other Dark Lords and take over the world! It's up to Howard to
save the world from a terrible fate!
This movie was made with the intent of being a
series. Of course that never happened. It would be most
interesting, however, to see another "Howard the Duck" film made.
I know it won't possibly be a sequel because the first film is over 23
years old. It also wouldn't be good to change any of the
cast. But if "Howard the Duck" was given a reboot, with today's
outstanding CGI effects, I think it would take. I'd say in a few
years, when more people like the original film and it has more of a
following, we might just see another "Howard the Duck" film.