What can one say about "Queer Duck"? You either know who he is or you don't. You either love his antics or you don't. It seems pretty simple. Originally broadcast as short films, Queer Duck and his entourage (Oscar Wildcat, Bi-Polar Bear, and Openly Gator) captivated many. Using conventional, and mostly negative stereotypes, they managed to be both raucously funny and surprisingly astute. I was never particularly in the "cult" of "Queer Duck"--I found them generally amusing but never sought them out specifically.
I must admit, I pretty much dreaded "Queer Duck-The Movie." How can you turn a minute cartoon into a full length feature? It's been done, I know--but often with disastrous results. Well, clocking in at just over an hour (a good length)--I found "Queer Duck" to be a nice surprise. It managed to maintain its integrity and be pretty darn funny, too. Skewering everything from Disneyland, the Minnelli-Gest nuptials, and gay conversion--"Queer Duck" takes on relatively easy targets, but still scores. There are lots of jokes, so if you don't like one--just wait a minute, they arrive fast and furious.
The film also benefits from nice cameos from Conan O'Brien, Bruce Vilanch, and David Duchovney as Baby Jesus (it's better not to ask). And I loved the thrilling climax straight out of the great thriller "Black Sunday" (go figure). Chances are if you like this kind of stuff, you'll like this. If not, then stay away. I'd give this 4 stars for the built in audience--if you don't know "Queer Duck," though, you might want to sample a couple of short films first. KGHarris, 01/07.