Western Animation: Down and Dirty Duck
A 1974 animated film. Catching the bandwagon of Ralph Bakshi
's Fritz the Cat
, it's very influenced by Underground Comics
. It was directed by Charles Swenson under the Working Title
" (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).
Don't confuse this with Bobby London's comic Dirty Duck
. 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), and also fans of Fritz the Cat
to accuse London of ripping off Fritz the Cat
- All Women Are Lustful: Practically every women is this to some degree. Especially Willard's boss.
- 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.
- Call to Adventure: Willard is rescued from his miserable life and taken under the duck's wing, going for a sexual adventure.
- 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 Seventies such as Fritz the Cat.
- Depraved Homosexual: One pops up later in the film, and begins sucking on the duck's feet. He is credited as "Big Fag."
- 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.
- 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:
- Funny Animal: The duck.
- Gender Reveal: The duck is revealed to be a woman at the ending. She even has sex with Willard.
- Limited Animation: Compared to other animated films of the era, the animation here is a lot stiffer, with fairly simplistic character designs and artwork.
- Manly Gay: "Big Fag."
- 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
- Random Events Plot: The movie seems to run on this, thinly 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 Seventies, 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.
- Shout-Out: The duck says, "I saw Two Hundred Motels! I know who I am!" Also, see Actor Allusion in the Trivia page.
- 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.
- Vulgar Humor: Runs heavily on sexual and race based humor.