Western Animation: Down and Dirty Duck

"Wouldn't YOU like a Good Duck tonight?" note 

A 1974 animated adult film, directed by Charles Swenson under the Working Title "Cheap!" (instances of this title made it into the finished film) and produced by Roger Corman, with animation by Murakami-Wolf Production Company.

It tells the story of Willard, a sexually frustated blue-collar worker who is taken on a "raunchy adventure" by a duck, a character evolved from the producers' previous work, the Dental Hygiene Dilemma in Frank Zappa's Two Hundred Motels, which also shares Flo and Eddie (Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman) as stars (the duo voice the two main characters).

Catching the bandwagon of Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat, it's very influenced by Underground Comics. Don't confuse the film with Bobby London's comic Dirty Duck, though. It has nothing to do with it. London hates this movie for this reason, as this movie has caused confusion by leading fans of London's comic to believe this movie was an adaptation of his work (which it is not).


  • All Men Are Perverts: Plenty of examples, both gay and straight. Averted to an extent with Willard, as he is depicted as a timid, sexually frustrated weakling. This is until the ending, after he has had sex with the duck.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Practically every women is this film to some degree. Especially Willard's boss.
    • One scene fully invokes this. As Willard is waiting at a bus stop for work, a handsome man casually walks up and flirts with a women at the stop. Once the bus arrives, the two end up having sex right there on the bus steps, making it hard for Willard to enter said bus.
  • Anything That Moves: Subverted during an Imagine Spot Willard has in the beginning. After waking up in the morning, Willard imagines the potted plant at his window is the girl he is in love with at work, Susie. He then proceeds to close the curtains and motor-boat the flowers.
  • A Dog Named Dog: See No Name Given.
  • Bleached Under Pants: Charles Swenson, the writer of An American Tail: Fievel Goes West and producer/director for Rugrats and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters directed this film decades before the shows came to be. Many VHS releases for the film advertise this on the box.
  • Bloodless Carnage: The police officer gets a cartoony hole through his chest after getting shot by a tank, and not a single drop of blood is shown.
  • Call to Adventure: Willard is rescued from his miserable life and taken under the duck's wing, going for a sexual adventure.
  • The Chew Toy: Willard.
  • Covers Always Lie: The theatrical cover, shows The Duck with two girls. The art style for The Duck looks clean and more detailed compared to his actual appearance in the film.
  • Compressed Hair: After The duck removes her hat after the Gender Reveal, she sports a puffy purple hairdo. Odd, considering earlier scenes showed the duck without her hat on, and clearly showing a lack of hair.
  • Dark Age Of Animation: Believed to have been made to follow the success of other adult animation films of The '70s such as Fritz the Cat.
  • Depraved Bisexual: The Duck is chasing the ladies throughout the movie but hooks up with Willard at the end.
  • Depraved Homosexual: One pops up later in the film, and begins sucking on the duck's feet. He is credited as "Big Fag."
  • Deranged Animation: Very deranged. The animation alone is quite bizarre, but the choppy character designs don't help matters.
  • Expy: The duck looks uncannily like Donald Duck. Most likely intentional given the Underground Comics influence of the film. The fact that the duck is later named Daisy at the end of the film doesn't help matters much.
    • Though the character is not based on the comic at all, it shares the name with Dirty Duck by Bobby London as mentioned in the description. In fact, Bobby hated this film so much he accused the filmmakers of plagiarism.
  • Exploitation Film: Qualifies as an animated one, seeing how it is cheaply made and meant to catch the adult-themed cartoon bandwagon started by Fritz the Cat.
  • Extreme Omnivore: Near the end after the Gender Reveal, the duck had eaten not only Willard's alarm clock, but the landlord's cat. In an earlier scene before, the duck had eaten the sex doll thing Willard had produced from that strange contraption in his apartment.
  • Fan Disservice: Since it's a comedy, its hard to tell if some of it is intentional or not. Due to the choppy art style, most if not all the sex and nudity scenes in the film can come off as unpleasant to watch.
  • Funny Animal: The duck.
  • Gonk: Some characters such as Willard's boss and The Duck's mom count.
  • Gender Reveal: The duck is revealed to be (or just randomly becomes) a woman at the ending. She even has sex with Willard.
  • Groin Attack: Suzie gives Willard a good knee to the crotch when she thinks he is trying to "feel her up", even though he was only trying to wiped spilt coffee off her shirt.
  • Imagine Spot: Willard has a few throughout the film.
  • Jive Turkey: 70s slang is thrown around all over the place, but the "Negro Gentlemen" easily takes the cake. He spews just about every black slang term of the time period and beyond, even calling Willard a "cracker ass".
  • Karmic Death: The Car Salesman that literally shoots a dog multiple times at the beginning of the film, ends up getting attacked by hordes of other dogs and eventually eaten by a giant bulldog at a later point in the film.
  • Limited Animation: Compared to other animated films of the era, the animation here is a lot stiffer, with fairly simplistic character designs and artwork.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: The Duck is this to Willard, only fulfilling the "girl" part of the trope name at the end.
  • Manly Gay: "Big Fag."
  • Mind Screw: The surreal animation and non-sequiter plot line make this quite a strange film to sit through. The drug culture influence certainly is there.
  • No Name Given: The duck is simply referred to as "The Duck" throughout the film, and is even credited as such. It isn't until the end of the film that Willard names the duck Daisy. The majority of the other characters in the film, such as The Car Salesman and the Negro Gentlemen are only credited as such as well.
  • Odd Couple: Willard and the Duck, naturally.
  • Raised by Humans: The Duck is... well a duck, and yet he is raised at least up until her death by a human woman. The reason for this is never explained.
  • Random Events Plot: The movie seems to run on this, as most of the plot is a simply tide together with a surreal road trip style narrative about the duck trying to get Willard laid. Other than that, the film randomly transitions into overlong sex jokes, sequences that sound like the voice actors arguing with each other in character that the animators animated over, and surreal animation sequences.
  • Refuge in Vulgarity: As with most adult animated films of The '70s, this film aims to do this. Heck, in the beginning of the movie, the Car Salesman character literally shoots a dog, and later we see it limping away only to get hit by a car offscreen. The Salesmen even shoots the dog one more time afterwards for good measure. That's not even going into the sexual humor.
  • The '70s: But of course.
  • Shout-Out: Almost too many to count, many of which signify the time period the film came out in. Examples include:
  • Soul Brotha: The "Negro Gentleman" full stop. It should be noted that he is played by white character actor Robert Ridgely.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Title: It is quite blatant, especially from the opening theme and the Opening Monologue, that the film's title was originally intended to be Cheap!, but it was changed to draw attention to the Duck character, probably because the character's status as a Donald Duck look-a-like but with an adult twist would likely sell more copies.
  • Toothy Bird: The duck gives plenty of toothy grins to show off his pearly whites on a few occasions, even the movie's posters.
  • Vulgar Humor: Runs heavily on sexual and race based humor.
  • You Need to Get Laid: Practically the whole point of the adventure Willard and The Duck go on.

Alternative Title(s):

Down And Dirty Duck