Duckman (1994) - Seasons One & Two

Genre(s): Animation / Comedy
Paramount || NR - 480 minutes - $49.98 || September 16, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-10-01


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: NA
Writer(s): Everett Peck (created by)
Cast: Jason Alexander


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Pilot Episode Commentary
  • What the Hell Are You Starin At?
  • Designing "Duckman"
  • Six Degrees of "Duckman"


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Full Frame (1.33)
  • English (Stereo 2.0)
  • Subtitles: NA

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.::THE FILM::.

“Duckman” arrived on the USA Network right at the time Seinfeld became a crazed sensation. Coming at a time when dirty and offensive cartoons were a new breed (years before "South Park"), “Duckman” shocked everyone. Jason Alexander was at the top of his game and decided to voice the title character - a foul mouthed, abusive cartoon duck who just so happens to be a private detective. The show managed to last four years before ultimately being canceled but even now - more than a decade later - still find myself laughing at the same jokes that I did when I stayed up late at night. At least now I understand them.

So who is Duckman? Well, he is an ordinary P.I. who lost his wife a year before and struggles in day to day activities. He is now forced to live with his sister in-law - bringing with him his three children (two of which share the same body). Most of Season One and Two tend to focus on his life as a P.I. (while three and four ditch almost that entire premise and feature his dysfunctional family).

Most episodes have Duckman taking on a case where his partner Cornfed (a pig, obviously) try to solve some sort of case. Almost every single time it is Cornfed who ultimately solves it as Duckman manages to screw things up... most of the time.

What makes “Duckman” so great is the effort Jason Alexander put into the character. Rather than a typical, boring character Jason put a lot of thought into how Duckman would react to certain circumstances. While he does tend to have many 'George Costanza' moments, overall it’s a very distinct character.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary on the Pilot episode by Jason Alexander and Everett Peck - Both Alexander and Everett reminisce on the show now fourteen years later, and it’s a shame we never did get a fifth season to tie up some of the loose ends. Much like the feature below, fans will eat this up.

What the Hell are you Starin at? - An impressive feature that goes deep into all that is “Duckman” - from the series origins to the cast and crew discussion, this is a feature all fans will want to see.

Designing “Duckman” - Following up the impressive feature above, comes a better look at how each character was drawn and certain aspect styles.

Six Degrees of “Duckman” - An 'interactive' feature that gives a bit of background information on some of the characters.

Considering this title release was high on fans want list, it’s great to see Paramount took some extra care here throwing in some great additions. Kudos, Paramount!



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

“Duckman” presents season one and two on 3 DVDs all in typical 4:3 ratio. While the first few episodes are very rough looking, the quality gets better towards the second season.

Paramount has kindly included a standard English Stereo 2.0 track with suites the show fine. A few times I heard some scratches, but overall a nice track to compliment the series.



.::OVERALL::.

“Duckman” was a great show during its time, and while it may have not aged that well, I still laughed my ass off many times watching Seasons One and Two. Paramount has already (even before this hit shelves!) announced they are bringing out seasons three and four to DVD (together in one release) and you will soon have the entire series on your shelf.