Based on a relatively obscure Marvel Comics character
, Howard the Duck
is a 1986 live-action movie about Howard, an anthropomorphic duck
who is accidentally zapped to Earth during the test-firing of a laser
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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.
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One of the less-than-stellar
cinematic endeavors by then-fledgling Lucasfilm, it is also the first Marvel Comics
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, even if it was a critical and box office failure.
Compare and contrast Theodore Rex
, a serious film about a talking dinosaur, and Ted
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