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1st Oct '11 10:42:08 AM AmyJade
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[[redirect:Film/HowardTheDuck]]Howard the Duck may refer to: * The comic book character Comicbook/HowardTheDuck. * The film based on the comics, ''Film/HowardTheDuck''. ----
5th Aug '11 3:11:06 PM Chytus
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/howard_the_duck_1986.jpg]] Based on a relatively obscure MarvelComics [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck character]], ''Howard The Duck'' is a 1986 live-action movie about Howard, an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic duck]] who is accidentally zapped to Earth during [[AppliedPhlebotinum the test-firing of a laser]]. During the course of the movie, Howard must get used to his surroundings in the human world, while trying to find his way back home. He must also avoid another alien being called the Dark Overlord, who has possessed Dr. Jennings (Jeffrey Jones, as himself), one of the scientists in charge of the original experiment. Still with us? Great! [[BLAMEpisode The rest of the movie is like this.]] One of the... less [[StealthPun stellar]] cinematic endeavors by then-fledgling Lucasfilm (And also part of the reason as to how {{Pixar}} became what it is today), it is also the first MarvelComics film adaptation to receive wide distribution, which may in part explain why they didn't try again until the late 1990s. Until the release of ''{{Blade}}'', this was the highest-grossing Marvel film property. Really. Compare and contrast ''TheodoreRex''. ---- !! This Movie Contains Examples of: * AliensInCardiff: The movie takes place in {{Cleveland}}. Well, at least it's a change of pace from New York and California. * AsteroidThicket: Briefly seen when the narrator is talking. * BeamOWar: The climactic battle at the end. A duck with a laser cannon. * BrainBleach: You'll need some after "Duck Tits". * {{Camp}}: Just look at the concept! * CoversAlwaysLie: You won't see Howard breaking out of his egg while smoking a cigar. * DeadpanSnarker: Howard. * DinerBrawl: Two brawls. One diner. * {{Duck}}: really, how could they have resisted? * FanDisservice: An early scene offers a glimpse of duck boobs. Yes, in a PG movie. There is no logical reason for the movie to feature duck boobs, unless they thought [[RuleThirtySix someone, somewhere, would enjoy duck boobs]]. ** And even if somebody ''would'', they're ruined by the [[SpecialEffectFailure terrible]] [[UncannyValley duck effects]] and it just becomes even more disturbing. * FurryConfusion: Howard flips out when served fried eggs. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Duck tits! * GoofyPrintUnderwear: Howard wears red boxers with white polka dots, as revealed during a police strip search. * HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Averted. Howard wears pants, though he didn't in the original comics. ** He does now, after his pantslessness led to acusations that he looked too much like DonaldDuck. "My lawyers tell me I've always been wearing these pants." * HeyItsThatVoice: Howard is voiced by Chip Zien, also the original Baker in StephenSondheim's ''IntoTheWoods''. * HoldYourHippogriffs: "No more Mr. Nice Duck" among with countless others. * HurricaneOfPuns: There's so ducking many of them! * [[IKnowKungFaux I Know Quack Fu]] * InkstainAdaptation: This movie definitely stained Howard's reputation. * InNameOnly: The only things in common with the comics - the characters of Howard and Beverly. * InterspeciesRomance: Howard and Beverly. He might need a stepstool. * KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Due to its less-than-glorious reputation, it was only recently officially edited on DVD. * MarsNeedsWomen: While it could just be any human, the Dark Overlord still seems unusually focused on Beverly as a host for his comrades. * MarvelUniverse * {{Narm}}: "Dat's a duck! Dat's a duck, man!" ** On a similar topic, some kids think Howard is cute at first and want to pet him. But when he waves his fingers, he becomes terrifying. * NonMammalMammaries: Again, duck tits. * NoSmoking: The cover of the recent DVD set is a composite of the two original movie covers (beak peeking out of cracked egg + feet up and starry sky), except it has now left out the cigar in Howard's beak. * OldShame: GeorgeLucas disowned the movie after its completion. * PantyShot * PunyEarthlings: Lampshaded and averted in Howard, but played largely straight with the Dark Overlords. * ShowdownAtHighNoon: Scientist possessed by interdimensional demon versus anthropomorphic duck with a laser cannon mounted to a golf cart. Good times. * SomethingElseAlsoRises: In this case, head feathers. * StarringSpecialEffects: And with this in mind, the Razzies gave the performers who alternated stints in the suit the Worst New Star award for 1986. * ToothyBird: Howard has teeth, possibly to hold his cig. * TrappedInAnotherWorld: Howard has to destroy the laser that could send him home in order to prevent an invasion of Earth by lots more Dark Overlords. * UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Howard just walks around in public without disguising himself, and even gets a job, with little reaction. But then, people just think he is a midget in a duck suit. ** Not to mention that aside from the initial awkwardness in their first conversation, Beverly has no problem with Howard. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD featurettes of the film mentions that the writers were talking about the film being worked out as an animated film. It was probably because this route wasnt taken because people would have confused Howard [[DonaldDuck to the other Duck]]. The featurettes also mention that the idea to make the film animated was scrapped because the studio wanted the film to be released in the summer of 1986, and there's wasn't enough time to produce an animated film. [[ExecutiveMeddling Oy]]. One can wonder what would have happened if we had gotten an animated feature of Howard the Duck. The closest thing we can get, is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj38JhvNBCw this fanmade animation of Howard]]. ** Also, had the movie not had bombed, Pixar would still have been a part of Industrial Light & Magic ([[OrIsIt or would it]]? as Lucas was suffering a divorce at the time of the film's production). * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: When Howard gets into a barfight with some bikers, they respond by ''holding him down and trying to cut his head off.'' ---- <<|{{Film}}|>> ->[[OverlongRunningGag Duck tits, woohoo!]]
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[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/howard_the_duck_1986.jpg]] Based on a relatively obscure MarvelComics [[ComicBook/HowardTheDuck character]], ''Howard The Duck'' is a 1986 live-action movie about Howard, an [[PettingZooPeople anthropomorphic duck]] who is accidentally zapped to Earth during [[AppliedPhlebotinum the test-firing of a laser]]. During the course of the movie, Howard must get used to his surroundings in the human world, while trying to find his way back home. He must also avoid another alien being called the Dark Overlord, who has possessed Dr. Jennings (Jeffrey Jones, as himself), one of the scientists in charge of the original experiment. Still with us? Great! [[BLAMEpisode The rest of the movie is like this.]] One of the... less [[StealthPun stellar]] cinematic endeavors by then-fledgling Lucasfilm (And also part of the reason as to how {{Pixar}} became what it is today), it is also the first MarvelComics film adaptation to receive wide distribution, which may in part explain why they didn't try again until the late 1990s. Until the release of ''{{Blade}}'', this was the highest-grossing Marvel film property. Really. Compare and contrast ''TheodoreRex''. ---- !! This Movie Contains Examples of: * AliensInCardiff: The movie takes place in {{Cleveland}}. Well, at least it's a change of pace from New York and California. * AsteroidThicket: Briefly seen when the narrator is talking. * BeamOWar: The climactic battle at the end. A duck with a laser cannon. * BrainBleach: You'll need some after "Duck Tits". * {{Camp}}: Just look at the concept! * CoversAlwaysLie: You won't see Howard breaking out of his egg while smoking a cigar. * DeadpanSnarker: Howard. * DinerBrawl: Two brawls. One diner. * {{Duck}}: really, how could they have resisted? * FanDisservice: An early scene offers a glimpse of duck boobs. Yes, in a PG movie. There is no logical reason for the movie to feature duck boobs, unless they thought [[RuleThirtySix someone, somewhere, would enjoy duck boobs]]. ** And even if somebody ''would'', they're ruined by the [[SpecialEffectFailure terrible]] [[UncannyValley duck effects]] and it just becomes even more disturbing. * FurryConfusion: Howard flips out when served fried eggs. * GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Duck tits! * GoofyPrintUnderwear: Howard wears red boxers with white polka dots, as revealed during a police strip search. * HalfDressedCartoonAnimal: Averted. Howard wears pants, though he didn't in the original comics. ** He does now, after his pantslessness led to acusations that he looked too much like DonaldDuck. "My lawyers tell me I've always been wearing these pants." * HeyItsThatVoice: Howard is voiced by Chip Zien, also the original Baker in StephenSondheim's ''IntoTheWoods''. * HoldYourHippogriffs: "No more Mr. Nice Duck" among with countless others. * HurricaneOfPuns: There's so ducking many of them! * [[IKnowKungFaux I Know Quack Fu]] * InkstainAdaptation: This movie definitely stained Howard's reputation. * InNameOnly: The only things in common with the comics - the characters of Howard and Beverly. * InterspeciesRomance: Howard and Beverly. He might need a stepstool. * KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Due to its less-than-glorious reputation, it was only recently officially edited on DVD. * MarsNeedsWomen: While it could just be any human, the Dark Overlord still seems unusually focused on Beverly as a host for his comrades. * MarvelUniverse * {{Narm}}: "Dat's a duck! Dat's a duck, man!" ** On a similar topic, some kids think Howard is cute at first and want to pet him. But when he waves his fingers, he becomes terrifying. * NonMammalMammaries: Again, duck tits. * NoSmoking: The cover of the recent DVD set is a composite of the two original movie covers (beak peeking out of cracked egg + feet up and starry sky), except it has now left out the cigar in Howard's beak. * OldShame: GeorgeLucas disowned the movie after its completion. * PantyShot * PunyEarthlings: Lampshaded and averted in Howard, but played largely straight with the Dark Overlords. * ShowdownAtHighNoon: Scientist possessed by interdimensional demon versus anthropomorphic duck with a laser cannon mounted to a golf cart. Good times. * SomethingElseAlsoRises: In this case, head feathers. * StarringSpecialEffects: And with this in mind, the Razzies gave the performers who alternated stints in the suit the Worst New Star award for 1986. * ToothyBird: Howard has teeth, possibly to hold his cig. * TrappedInAnotherWorld: Howard has to destroy the laser that could send him home in order to prevent an invasion of Earth by lots more Dark Overlords. * UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Howard just walks around in public without disguising himself, and even gets a job, with little reaction. But then, people just think he is a midget in a duck suit. ** Not to mention that aside from the initial awkwardness in their first conversation, Beverly has no problem with Howard. * WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD featurettes of the film mentions that the writers were talking about the film being worked out as an animated film. It was probably because this route wasnt taken because people would have confused Howard [[DonaldDuck to the other Duck]]. The featurettes also mention that the idea to make the film animated was scrapped because the studio wanted the film to be released in the summer of 1986, and there's wasn't enough time to produce an animated film. [[ExecutiveMeddling Oy]]. One can wonder what would have happened if we had gotten an animated feature of Howard the Duck. The closest thing we can get, is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj38JhvNBCw this fanmade animation of Howard]]. ** Also, had the movie not had bombed, Pixar would still have been a part of Industrial Light & Magic ([[OrIsIt or would it]]? as Lucas was suffering a divorce at the time of the film's production). * WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: When Howard gets into a barfight with some bikers, they respond by ''holding him down and trying to cut his head off.'' ---- <<|{{Film}}|>> ->[[OverlongRunningGag Duck tits, woohoo!]][[redirect:Film/HowardTheDuck]]
28th Jul '11 5:36:18 AM LadyMomus
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* [[{{ptitlews9vjxau4x1j}} Hey, It's That Voice!]] Howard is voiced by Chip Zien, also the original Baker in StephenSondheim's ''IntoTheWoods''.
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* [[{{ptitlews9vjxau4x1j}} Hey, It's That Voice!]] HeyItsThatVoice: Howard is voiced by Chip Zien, also the original Baker in StephenSondheim's ''IntoTheWoods''.
17th Jul '11 9:32:43 PM philipnova798
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** Also, had the movie not had bombed, Pixar would still have been a part of Industrial Light & Magic ([[OrIsIt or would it]]? as Lucas was suffering a divorce at the time of the film's production).
17th Jul '11 9:13:08 PM philipnova798
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One of the... less [[StealthPun stellar]] cinematic endeavors by then-fledgling Lucasfilm, it is also the first MarvelComics film adaptation to receive wide distribution, which may in part explain why they didn't try again until the late 1990s. Until the release of ''{{Blade}}'', this was the highest-grossing Marvel film property. Really.
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One of the... less [[StealthPun stellar]] cinematic endeavors by then-fledgling Lucasfilm, Lucasfilm (And also part of the reason as to how {{Pixar}} became what it is today), it is also the first MarvelComics film adaptation to receive wide distribution, which may in part explain why they didn't try again until the late 1990s. Until the release of ''{{Blade}}'', this was the highest-grossing Marvel film property. Really.
17th Jun '11 5:31:57 PM philipnova798
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* AdaptationDisplacement: Would Howard the Duck be as famous if it wasn't for this bomb of a movie?

* CultClassic

* GoodTroiEpisode: As terrible as this film was, the short scene at the unemployment office is a genuinely amusing simple scene that reflects the real satiric wit of Steve Gerber's comic stories.

* JustHereForGodzilla: Clive Barker has mentioned that he sat through this movie to see the Dark Overlord's true self.

* HighOctaneNightmareFuel: As Dr. Jennings flees with Howard's girl, he begins to run out of energy. The way he recharges sent an entire room of birthday children running screaming, and a pair of parents regretting they had rented the show. Witness it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkQA6fcOBk#t=6m47s here]]. ** The possessed Dr. Jennings, and the horrid aliens, creep out any kid. ANYONE.

* SnarkBait: The film seems to stay out of total obscurity simply because of GeorgeLucas' involvement. * [=~So Bad It's Good~=]

* SpecialEffectFailure: Howard is a duck? No way, he is a small person in a suit! Ironically, in the movie, he is ''actually'' mistaken several times for a small person in a suit!

* UncannyValley: Howard. Just...Howard. ** [[BeyondTheImpossible And he isn't even human...]]
3rd May '11 9:58:17 PM mrincodi
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3rd May '11 9:57:42 PM mrincodi
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* NightmareFuel: As Dr. Jennings flees with Howard's girl, he begins to run out of energy. The way he recharges sent an entire room of birthday children running screaming, and a pair of parents regretting they had rented the show. Witness it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkQA6fcOBk#t=6m47s here]].
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* NightmareFuel: HighOctaneNightmareFuel: As Dr. Jennings flees with Howard's girl, he begins to run out of energy. The way he recharges sent an entire room of birthday children running screaming, and a pair of parents regretting they had rented the show. Witness it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqkQA6fcOBk#t=6m47s here]].here]]. ** The possessed Dr. Jennings, and the horrid aliens, creep out any kid. ANYONE.
13th Mar '11 6:17:31 PM Theoriginalblader
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD featurettes of the film mentions that the writers were talking about the film being worked out as an animated film. It was probably because this route wasnt taken because people would have confused Howard [[DonaldDuck to the other Duck]]. Even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qldatjv_Jgc this guy]] states Howard works better for animation. ** The DVD featurettes also mention that the idea to make the film animated was scrapped because the studio wanted the film to be released in the summer of 1986, and there's wasn't enough time to produce an animated film. [[ExecutiveMeddling Oy]].
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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: The DVD featurettes of the film mentions that the writers were talking about the film being worked out as an animated film. It was probably because this route wasnt taken because people would have confused Howard [[DonaldDuck to the other Duck]]. Even [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qldatjv_Jgc this guy]] states Howard works better for animation. ** The DVD featurettes also mention that the idea to make the film animated was scrapped because the studio wanted the film to be released in the summer of 1986, and there's wasn't enough time to produce an animated film. [[ExecutiveMeddling Oy]]. One can wonder what would have happened if we had gotten an animated feature of Howard the Duck. The closest thing we can get, is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oj38JhvNBCw this fanmade animation of Howard]].
19th Feb '11 9:47:10 PM TheGreatUnknown
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** And even if somebody ''would'', they're ruined by the [[SpecialEffectFailure terrible]] [[UncannyValley duck effects]] and it just becomes even more disturbing.
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