- Queer duck!
Please don't think that he's perverse
He's the patients' favorite male nurse!
He's okay, he's just fey
Cuz he's openly gay
He's a truly queer
Theme song by RuPaul
Queer Duck is an animated web series created by Mike Reiss, one of the "golden age" writers for The Simpsons and co-creator of The Critic. It was produced by Icebox Entertainment, originally airing on their website before getting picked up by Showtime. Xeth Feinberg directed each episode. The series was a follow up to the duo's previous web show, Hard Drinkin' Lincoln.
The title character, Adam Seymour Duckstein (voiced by Jim J. Bullock), is an out-loud-and-proud water foul working as a male nurse who regularly deals with the mishaps that come with living as an openly gay man. Along for the ride are his close-knit circle of gay friends Bi-Polar Bear (Billy West), Oscar Wildcat (Maurice LaMarche) and his boyfriend Openly Gator (Kevin Michael Richardson). As this is an internet-based show about homosexuality created in the early 2000s by a hetereosexual man, expect some of it's content to be a tad... on the regressive side.
Tropes appearing in Queer Duck
- Abusive Parents: While they don't physically abuse him, Queer Duck's parents frequently insult him to his face and aren't very supportive of his sexuality.
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: Played for Laughs from time to time, such as when Queer Duck berates another man for "only" sleeping with seven other men.
- All Gays Love Theater: In "Oh Christ," Queer Duck is forced to sing hymns with a church group, but gets annoyed with the lackluster singing from the other men. He asks if any of them have any musical theater training and all of their hands go up.
- Anal Probing: In "Tales of the City Morgue", Bi-Polar Bear gets abducted by aliens and asks them to probe him.
- Bedmate Reveal:
- The second episode starts with Queer Duck and Openly Gator waking up to find a hippo in their bed after a crazy drunken evening.
- In the last episode, Queer Duck wakes up to discover that he's slept with a woman who he momentarily mistook for a drag queen.
- Black Comedy:
Queer Duck: Well, all I can say is... well done!
- Oscar Wildcat tells Queer Duck that coming out would kill his mother. After a sip of his martini, he decides to do it that night.
- Queer Duck's mother sticking her head in the oven after he comes out, resulting in her turning into a roasted duck.
(Jumps around Daffy Duck-style, then stops and holds up his fist)
Queer Duck: (solemnly) Gay pride.
- Black Comedy Rape/Double Standard: Rape, Male on Male: Bi Polar Bear and the Glorious Hole ends with Bi-Polar Bear, whose rear is sticking out of a hole in the ground, getting anally penetrated by Queer Duck, Openly Gator, and, eventually, every gay man in town. However, the ending makes it very clear that he enjoys it.
- Butch Lesbian: Queer Duck's sister Melissa, though his parents try to force themselves into denial about it.
- Camp Gay: Most of the characters are gay men who act effeminate and artsy, but especially Queer Duck himself.
- Catchphrase: Queer Duck's "Oh my Gay stars!"
- Christmas Episode:
- "Homo for the Holidays", where Queer Duck and Openly Gator visit Queer Duck's family for the holidays.
- "Santa Claus is Coming Out", where Queer Duck speculates that Santa Claus is gay. Santa eventually reveals that he's actually bi.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Queer Duck's straight brother Lucky and his nephew Little Lucky were phased out of the series in later episodes, to the point that the flashback of Queer Duck's birth in "Quack Doctor" inferred that Queer Duck was the Ducksteins' only son.
- Coming-Out Story: The first episode is about Queer Duck celebrating National Coming Out Day by bringing Openly Gator over to his parents' house for dinner and telling them that he's gay.
- Cure Your Gays: "Oh Christ!" has Queer Duck's parents send him a baptist preacher who kidnaps him and takes him to conversion therapy at a local church. Luckily, Queer Duck is too smart for him.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oscar Wildcat often makes snide remarks, considering his inspiration. Though Queer Duck has his moments: when his nephew Little Lucky says that his father used to beat up Queer Duck a lot as a kid, Queer Duck responds "Yes, he made me what I am today."
- Educational Song: Queer Duck sings one (to the tune of "Doe, A Deer") in "A Gay Outing" when his nephew and his two friends go through his copy of Out and ask what certain things mean, such as GBM, S&M, and bicurious. Of course, he doesn't teach them the actual meanings and instead teaches them bowdlerized definitions."GBM, a great big moose
S&M, the sun and moon
B&D is big and dumb
Bi means 'Buy me a balloon'"
- Eye Scream: When hunting Queer Duck in a bathroom at a gay bar, Dr. Laura looks through a glory hole in one of the stalls and... well, you do the math.
- The "Fun" in "Funeral": "Queer As Fowl" ends with Queer Duck turning the funeral for his deceased friend into a disco, thinking that it's what he would have wanted (though he does step out at the end to look sadly at a photo of him and the friend and say that he'll miss him).
- Furry Reminder: In the episode where the gang go to the Oscars, Joan Rivers tells them "No animals allowed!" It's the only time in the series the characters are acknowledged as animals.
- Gayngst: The characters sometimes angst over the downsides of being gay.
- Half-Dressed Cartoon Animal: Queer Duck and most of the male characters don't wear pants.
- Have I Mentioned I Am Gay?: About 50% of the jokes in this show are about characters stating they are gay as if no one knew already. The most notable example is in "Tales of the City Morgue", when the aliens that abduct Bi-Polar Bear offend him by informing him of their plan to use him to impregnate a lot of Earth women and one of the aliens incorrectly assuming that a curvaceous woman would be a more appealing form to assume.
- Heteronormative Crusader: Most of the villains of this show are homophobes, with Real Life radio show host and known gay-basher Dr. Laura Schlessinger being a recurring antagonist.
- Mathematician's Answer: When asked who he "had to blow" to get a seat at the Oscars, Queer Duck bluntly replies "Rupert Everett."
- Mistaken for Gay: Humorously inverted. In "Mardi Foie Gras," Queer Duck gets drunk out of his mind and wakes up next to what he thinks is a very convincing drag queen. He's shocked to find out that it's actually a woman (though he's still egotistical enough to ask how he was).
- Mocky Mouse: The episode "The Gayest Place on Earth" takes place at a gay-friendly theme park called Fairyland, where Queer Duck hits on Gobble the Salty Seaman, a turkey in a sailor suit spoofing Donald Duck. This earns the ire of Gobble's jealous lover, who is blatantly based on Mickey Mouse.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Aside from Oscar Wildcat, Bi-Polar Bear's voice is a rather obvious imitation of Paul Lyndenote and Openly Gator's is a less-obvious imitation of Harvey Fierstein. "Queer as Foul" also features a character named Truman Coyote.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Openly Gator has a jewfro in spite of being a reptile.
- Parallel Porn Titles: In one episode, Queer Duck is trying to find a movie for his younger nephew Little Lucky to watch. Unfortunately, Lucky finds Poke-A-Mon and puts it on under the impression that it's the similarly-named anime. Hilarity Ensues.Little Lucky: What are those two men doing?
Queer Duck: They're inflating... each other.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: There isn't an antagonist in the series who isn't homophobic.
- Prank Call: "Queer Doc" opens with Queer Duck prank calling Dr. Laura's radio show.
- The Prankster: Queer Duck has shades of messing with his enemies for the hell of it in some episodes, getting his Heteronormative Crusader enemies into hijinks and jumping around a'la Daffy Duck.
- Oscar Wildcat accuses Openly Gator of crying "crocodile tears" in the first episode.
- In another episode, he exclaims "Boy George!"note
- Queer People Are Funny: The other 50% of the jokes are the characters' homosexuality being played for laughs.
- Rapid-Fire Comedy: Considering that most of the cartoons are less than five minutes long, it's inevitable that most of the jokes would be quick and broad.
- The title sequence includes a shot of Queer Duck running through an open field with mountains in the background.
- In "Wedding Blee Blues," Oscar Wildcat points out the window of the airplane to something on the wing. Bi-Polar Bear asks if it's a gremlin.
- "The Gay Road To Morocco." An animated Bob Hope and Bing Crosby even make a cameo at the beginning.
- In "Radio Head," Openly Gator defeats Dr. Laura by throwing a bucket of water on her, causing her to melt.
- At the end of "Santa Clause Is Coming... Out," all four main characters look up while singing softly as snow falls around them a'la A Charlie Brown Christmas.
- Take That!:
- "Queer As Fowl" has a fairly subtle dig at AIDS and homopboia reducing the average life expectancy of gay men when Queer Duck complains about having to sit through too many funerals for his friends.
- At the end of "Gym Neighbors", Openly Gator gets upset when Queer Duck tells him that his deformed snout makes him look like Tori Spelling.
- Thermometer Gag: The series' opening shows a fake-out of Queer Duck preparing to shove a thermometer up a zebra's butt.
- Transparent Closet: The first episode starts with Queer Duck realizing that it's National Coming Out Day and announcing to the waiting room of his office that he's gay, only to be met with silent, blank stares and one of the people in the waiting room saying "Well, duh". The next scene has him telling his friends that everyone cheered and hugged him.
- The Unfavorite: Both Queer Duck and his lesbian sister Melissa are seen by their parents as inferior to their straight brother Lucky.
- Unsympathetic Comedy Protagonist: Queer Duck himself is vain, promiscuous and generally egotistical, but he always gets the bad guy in the end.
- Visual Pun: In "I'm Coming Out", Queer Duck refers to his boss as a "bitch of a boss", and she happens to be a female dog.
- Weight Woe: The plot of "Gym Neighbors" kicks off with Openly Gator crying over his fat ass.
- What Did I Do Last Night?:
- Episode 2 opens with the aftermath of a crazy drunken party at Queer Duck's house. After looking over the mess from their bed, Openly Gator rolls over and sees a hippo in bed with them.
- In "Mardi Foie Gras," Queer Duck gets drunk and wakes up in bed with a woman.
- Whole Plot Reference: Bi Polar Bear and the Glorious Hole is one of Winnie-the-Pooh and The Honey Tree.
- You Have to Have Jews: Queer Duck's very stereotypical Jewish family. His mother is even played by Estelle Harris! Queer Duck himself is a huge fan of Barbra Streisand.
Queer Duck finds himself in an existential crisis, questioning his homosexuality and thinking how much easier his life would be if everyone in the world didn't hate him because of who he was in love with. After breaking up with Openly Gator, he becomes acquainted with washed-up Broadway diva Lola Buzzard (Jackie Hoffman), helping her make a comeback with her one-woman show I'm Not Dead Yet and eventually getting engaged to her. Thinking this may be his one shot at a happy life, Queer Duck seeks the help of local gay conversion therapist Rev. Vandergelding (Jeff Bennett), who turns him into a "bro"-type slob. Will Queer Duck even again be the homosexual everyone knows and loves?
Queer Duck: The Movie provides examples of...
- Accidental Public Confession: Rev. Vandergelding, it's probably not a good idea to shout that you're going to continue kidnapping and drugging someone within earshot of police officers.
- Absurdly Long Stairway: Straight!Queer Duck carries Lola up multiple flights of stairs and has to take an elevator up to get to their bedroom for their honeymoon. Lampshaded when he stops on one landing to rest and sees about twenty more flights of stairs to climb, uttering a frustrated "Aw, crap."
- All Gays Are Promiscuous: About 90% of the jokes are about the stereotype that gay men want to have sex with anyone who's male.
- All Gays Love Theater: Plot relevant! After all, the whole thing is kicked off by Queer Duck helping a former Broadway diva make a comeback through a one-woman show.
- All Just a Dream: The intro turns out to be a dream Queer Duck is experiencing.
- Aluminum Christmas Trees: Openly Gators isn't wrong about Disneyland loving Gay Day. While the park doesn't arrange them, they are extremely permissive of regular independently-organized "gay days."
- Animal Stereotypes: Bi-Polar Bear's boss at Roebuck is a literal jackass who laughs at him when he makes a fool of himself.
- Animated Musical: It's an animated film loaded with musical numbers.
- Animation Bump: The animation is marginally better than the web series. Emphasis on marginally.
- As Himself: Conan O'Brien and Bruce Vilanch play themselves.
- Black Comedy:
- Among the pieces of Shirley Temple memorabilia in Oscar Wildecat's store is Shirley herself, boxed up like a doll and saying she can't breathe.
- The singing silverware in Lola's house includes the butcher knife that OJ Simpson used to murder his wife.
- Queer Duck's announcement that he wants to marry a woman and be straight brings his grandmother back to life because she's no longer dead to him. She later falls over dead when Queer Duck becomes gay again.
- Black Comedy Rape: Alluded to as Rev. Vandergelding is being hauled off to jail.Rev. Vandergelding: ...Just get me away from all this gay sex!
Officer O'Hara: Er, yeah...
- Alluded to again later when Rev. Vandergelding lands at a gay rodeo doused in his own straight-conversion juice, grows a thick, furry mane and is chased after by a horny bull.
- Bread, Eggs, Breaded Eggs: "Ladies, gentleman and lady-like gentleman..."
- Breaking the Fourth Wall:
Rev. Vandergelding: Wait, is this going to be a musical number? What is it with you people and musical numbers??
- As Queer Duck is about to sing about his childhood.
- Later, Queer Duck promises his friends anything they want to make up for neglecting them. Bi-Polar Bear asks for a bigger part in this movie.
- The movie starts with Queer Duck and Openly Gator waking up in bed together after a crazy party the previous night, similar to the episode "Fiddler On The Roofie."
- Queer Duck's flashback to when he first realized he was gay is a clip from an earlier episode where he pops out of his egg and announces "I'm gay!"
- Coming Straight Story: Inverted. Queer Duck begins to question his homosexuality, even pursuing a relationship with a woman and going through conversion therapy, but in the end concludes that yes, he's absolutely gay.
- Country Matters: Subverted via Curse Cut Short during "Baseball Is Gay."Singers: One hits
We're just a bunch'a silly...
Bi-Polar Bear: Woah woah woah!
- Cure Your Gays: The plot involves Queer Duck voluntarily seeking out conversion therapy. And unlike the web show, it's Played for Drama. It still doesn't work, of course.
- Curse Cut Short: Queer Duck tries to call Rev. Vandergelding a motherfucker when calling into his talk show, but gets hung up on before he can.
- Damned by Faint Praise: Openly Gator tells Conan O'Brian that he loves his show because it helps him sleep.
- Darker and Edgier: While still ostensibly a broad comedy, the stakes are significantly higher and the gayngst is taken a little more seriously, reflecting on more Real Life anxieties of homosexual men such as conversion therapy, questioning, hate crimes and even the Stonewall Riots.
- Drag Queen: Regina, the female singer whom Oscar Wildcat had a one-night stand with in the '60s, turns out to be Rex, the "converted" gay man who appears on Rev. Vandergelding's talk show at the beginning. The two are finally reunited when Rex comes to Oscar's antique shop to pawn shop to get a price on his old earring, only for Oscar to reveal he's had the other one all these years as a keepsake.
- Dude, Not Funny!: Straight!Queer Duck shoots Oscar Wildcat a look for making a bad pun at Lola's funeral.
- Fur and Loathing: Downplayed. An octogenarian at Bi-Polar Bear's job pinches his fur and says would make a terrific coat. Angered, he grabs her neck folds and says they'd make a terrific boat cover.
- Gag Nose: Barbra Streisand, of course, has a large nose, which she uses as a magic wand to turn Queer Duck back into a gay man.
- Gallows Humor: Lola Buzzard's song, "Smile Ya Bastard Smile," which she sings to the dying patients in the ICU. Queer Duck even accompanies her terrible jokes by playing a sting on a bedpan like a cymbal.
- Gayngst: Played for Drama more than the series ever did.
- I Am What I Am: Openly Gator: "I am a gay man! Like my father and his father before him."
- I Ate WHAT?!: Oscar Wildcat shudders when he learns that he's eaten walnuts which Bi-Polar bear cracked with his butt cheeks.
- The Immodest Orgasm: Lola and Straight!Queer Duck's honeymoon sex causes the chandler several floors below them to shake. While the wedding guests are still there!
- I Need a Freaking Drink: While giving out thermometers at his hospital, a depressed Queer Duck takes one patient's cigarette out of it's holder and takes a drag off of it, then puts the thermometer in the holder. Said patient turns out to be Lola Buzzard.
- Innocently Insensitive: One of the re-decorators at Lola's house asks "what died in here." Queer Duck indignantly replies "My wife."
- Ironic Echo: The mascot at Happy Land yells "Beat it, homos!" at Queer Duck and his friends when he bars them from having a "gay day" at the park. After Queer Duck buys the park, he throws the mascot out while saying "Beat it, hetero!".
- It Is Pronounced "Tro-PAY": Lola's last name is pronounced "buh-ZARD."
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: While he's not at all happy about Queer Duck marrying Lola Buzzard, Openly Gator tells Queer Duck that he's nonetheless happy that he is getting married.
- Karmic Rape: Reverend Vandergelding's comeuppance for trying to make gay people straight is that a gay bull starts making advances toward him after he's doused with his own gay-curing serum.
- Laser-Guided Karma: The movie opens with Queer Duck and his other gay friends trying to have a "gay day" at Happy Land only to be denied entry. Later, Queer Duck uses his inheritance to buy the place and turn it into an exclusively gay amusement park.
- Male Gaze: A homosexual variant, as Queer Duck spent most of his youth "watching anything with men in tights" just to stare at their crotch bulges. After he turns straight but wants to be gay again, he bemoans how he can't stop staring at a nurse's big boobs.
- Major General Song: Queer Duck sings about his sexual awakening in a sound-alike of the trope-naming song, as it started with him seeing a performance of H.M.S. Pinafore as a kid and noticing all the sailors' crotch bulges.
- Marshmallow Hell: Lola smothers Queer Duck with her breasts a couple times.
- Mythology Gag: Queer Duck's love for Barbra Streisand comes full circle when she comes to help him turn back into a gay man.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Lola has some. Queer Duck lampshades his own lack of it.Hairdresser: How do you wear it?
Queer Duck: Dunno. Feathered?
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Lola has a rather ample cleavage for a buzzard.
- No Celebrities Were Harmed: Aside from the celebirites that the main characters are immitating (see above for that), we now have Ethel Merman (Lola) and Jonathan Harris (Peckary, who even moans "Oh, the pain!").
- N-Word Privileges: A couple of jokes.
- While Queer Duck and Lola are being serenaded at an Italian restaurant, the sing sings "She's an old bad and he's a young fa-" but Queer Duck cuts him off.
- Later, Rev. Vandergelding uses every euphemism for homosexuality to describe Queer Duck, who eventually yells "Hey, I'm not that gay!"
- The One That Got Away: Regina, the woman whom Oscar Wildcat had a one night stand with in the '60s.
- Out with a Bang: Lola dies the morning after she and Queer Duck have sex. Of course, it's also due to her age and the fact that she had more illicit substances in her than she did blood.
- Panda-ing to the Audience: A couple of lesbian pandas are at Queer Duck's house after a party and tell him that all pandas are gay, that's why they don't breed in captivity. Queer Duck notes that this also explains their eye shadow.
- Pet the Dog: In a significant break from his usual bitchiness, Queer Duck invites his friends to the Tonys to make up for hardly seeing them any more.
- Prank Call: Queer Duck calls Rev. Vandergelding's talk show asking him to cure his turrets as an excuse to call him names. He calls up again a few seconds later pretending to be an offended caller who agrees with the previous caller.
- Pun: The gay bar Queer Duck and Oscar Wildcat talk at is called The Manhole. According to a sign outside, there's no cover.
- Refuge in Audacity:
- In-Universe, Queer Duck decides to have a "Gay Day" at Happy Land instead of the more-accepting Disneyland for the sole purpose of being a troll.
- In Bi-Polar Bear's flashback of getting picked last for softball as a kid, the two teams pick (blind) Little Stevie Wonder and (paralyzed) Little Stephen Hawking before giving him a chance.
- Self-Abuse: Regina's song "Shamalama" is about a boy named Jimmy she dated who masturbated while thinking about her every night because she wouldn't have sex with him. She mentions that Jimmy's excessive masturbation caused him to become blind and crazy.
- The intro includes a couple of quick parodies of King Kong and Flashdance.
- While looking over the mess from last night's parts, Openly Gator asks Queer Duck what they're going to do. Queer Duck happily announces "I'm goin' to Happy Land!" (an amusement part he just saw a commercial for).
- Queer Duck announces Gay Day at Happy Land while standing on a balcony and singing to the citizens below.
- The singing silverware in Lola's house.
- Joan Rivers calls Queer Duck and his friends the Pet Shop Boys (doubles as a Call-Back to the episode where she tries to throw them out of the Oscars because it doesn't allow animals).
- Queer Duck flashes back to coming out to his father, who's off-screen dialogue is all represented by trombone bleeps, though it turns out that his father is just practicing the trombone while his song is trying to talk to him.
- Part of he straight conversion therapy involves Queer Duck's eyes being pried open as he's subjected to various heteronormative images and shocked whenever anything homoerotic is shows.
- Openly Gator speeds to Queer Duck's wedding to the tune of a sound-alike of "Mrs. Robinson."
- After being turned gay again, Queer Duck throws open the windows to a snowy town below and yells down to a Cockney street urchin, asking him what day it is.
- When saving Queer Duck at the end, Openly Gator stares down Rev. Vandergelding and says "Get away from him, you bitch!"
- The "Disgrace Films" logo at the end (with Queer Duck telling an off-screen shushing lady "Oh hush yourself, bitch.") is a parody of the Gracie Films logo that appears at the end of each episode of The Simpsons (which creator Mike Reiss used to work on.)
- Spaghetti Kiss: Parodied when Lola and Queer Duck are slurping the same noodle only for Lola's false teeth to be pulled out and smack him in the head.
- Table Space: This gag appears when Queer Duck and Lola have dinner together at her house.
- Take That!:
Queer Duck: Figure skating is boring (Peckary gasps), RENT has no hummable songs (Peckary gasps again), Margaret Cho isn't funny...Peckary: (sniggers) I guess we all knew that.
- "Roebucks: The Harsher Side of Sears."
- After getting botoxed, Lola tells Queer Duck that it's now impossible to make her frown. He tests this by telling her that George W. Bush is running for a third term. Lola replies by bemoaning that Bush will ruin the country.
- Melissa thanks Rosie O'Donnell for coming out as lesbian and confirming every negative stereotype about them.
- Among the headlines on the Spinning Paper reads "J. Lo to renew pact with devil."
- "Girls Gone Batshit! A production of FOX News."
- Straight!Queer Duck bemoans the downsides of heterosexuality.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Lola Buzzard is seen stuffing money in her breasts and pulling a microphone from them.
- Visual Pun:
- Openly Gator's exclamation in the beginning of the movie. "Busted tables! Overturned Chers! This place is a wreck!"
- Queer Duck's lesbian sister Melissa is dating a literal beaver. And just in case it wasn't obvious enough, the girlfriend starts eating the carpet.
- Your Costume Needs Work: Openly Gator hires Liza Minnelli to be his fake girlfriend in one scene, under the impression that she's a look-alike because she was cheaper.