The Big Picture: What the Duck?

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What the Duck?

Well, you asked for it - MovieBob breaks down what exactly the infamous Howard the Duck film was all about.

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I do wonder whether Howard the Duck is now going to be in a movie of his own or if he's just going to be a major character (or even turns out to be a member of The Avengers).

Either way the scenes shown here make me uncomfortable, so I think I'll pass on trying to grab a copy and watch it.

Well...no. Just no. I dont think even todays marvel could pull this off. Or....could they...?

I remember Howard the Duck. It's a bad movie but.. it's a good kind of bad, the kind that you remember . I mean it was funny and all but also not funny. The closest thing I could place it with is 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'.

I believe what went wrong was simply that the budget was too high. If it had been half the budget..it'd probably have been better received.

Thanks for explaining why Lucas went and created that weird movie.

That said, I'm not going to go out of my way looking for a copy to watch.

In the film's defense, the Dark Overlord's design/animation (by Phil Tippett according to Wiki) is pretty cool.

For years as a kid, I thought Howard the Duck was a crazy dream I had at the event horizon of my burgeoning consciousness as an even younger kid.

It works in that context.

PunkRex:
In the film's defense, the Dark Overlord's design/animation (by Phil Tippett according to Wiki) is pretty cool.

This! say what you will about the film but the alien monster at the end is monstrously awesome and very unique.

This movie is a motherducker!

For me Howard the Duck is something of a guilty pleasure. I spent half a year in my teenage years living in a very small town that had exactly 3 things to do if you weren't into sports. the first was to go see what ever was on at the one screen movie theater (where I saw the supper mario movie) the second was to window shop in the 2 strip malls we had (too small for even a walmart and both malls had christian book stores.) or rent a movie. Only the two was too small for a blockbusters so we had the selection at the corner store two blocks from my house. the two we rented over and over again were Howard the Duck and Inner space. even back then I knew the movie wasn't good but to this day if it's on tv I have to watch it.

Well that looked just as awful as I remember it being. Hopefully that cameo was just a joke and nothing further happens with the character.

I think Howard could work in the MCU as maybe someone who shows up in a cameo to make a snarky comment but otherwise stays out of the way entirely, like he's treated in the main comics (other than his own line). His heyday has come and gone, and there's no point in Marvel wasting goodwill on trying to make a movie that isn't going to go anywhere plotwise and that doesn't have messages that could be better presented elsewhere.

Plus, the movie's CGI model was creepy. Say what you will about the costume looking fake, but it didn't disturb anyone.

I remember seeing Howard The Duck at the cinema. It was pretty lame, but hardly the worst thing I saw during the 80s. We went to see at least one of the Police Academy sequels. Those were pretty much the worst thing to come from the 80s.

So... does this mean Howard the Duck's going to get his own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

I loved how Bob pointed out how people definitely WOULD HAVE decried Guardians of the Galaxy as obviously being too weird if it bombed and was a critical failure, instead of it being a success and everyone saying that it's uniqueness is part of the success. Isn't that weird?

BigTuk:
I remember Howard the Duck. It's a bad movie but.. it's a good kind of bad, the kind that you remember . I mean it was funny and all but also not funny. The closest thing I could place it with is 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'.

I believe what went wrong was simply that the budget was too high. If it had been half the budget..it'd probably have been better received.

THANK YOU. people take their nerdy films so freaking seriously thee days. i swear the 80's was the last time we managed to get bad but fun tacky popcorn films like howard the duck, attack of the killer tomatoes, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension! and killer klowns from outer space.

they werent serious, they werent good, and they reveled in it, they were the films you picked up at the back of the video store on a friday night when your mates came round.

and for the record id love to see bob look at buckaroo banzai

PunkRex:
In the film's defense, the Dark Overlord's design/animation (by Phil Tippett according to Wiki) is pretty cool.

I do admit that's the only thing I went "Hey, that's kind of neat".

I remember enjoying it as a kid, but I enjoyed the Ewok Adventures, and Gumby when I was a kid too. So take that with a grain of salt.

When I told my brother that Howard made a cameo in GoTG, his response was, "That's because everyone likes him." I hadn't realized there was such a cult following but I guess it's true to some degree.

So this episode dredged up some half forgotten memory of mine that I need help with. I remember a weird sci-fi movie from when I was a kid that had a magic glowing purse, and a big finale at some sort of giant sattelite dish. Can anyone help me out?

I love how everyone is saying Marvel shouldnt make one cause the Lucas movie was bad... and nobody seems to remember or know that Captain America had a really damn bad movie way way back in the day and then we got Captain America: The First Avenger. Remember everyone, with movies the past doesnt always dictate the present or the future.

The cameo of Howard the Duck was literally my favorite part in Guardians of the Galaxy (which I found to be otherwise fairly boring and typical). And it a big chunk of why a friend told me to go see it. In other words, I love the Howard the Duck movie. As a really young kid (prior to starting school), I watched three movies: Howard the Duck, Return of the Living Dead and Predator. And I still deeply love the first two.

I've re-watched it recently and still love it, but it is goofy and bad. I happen to really enjoy functional bad movies (not Troll 2 levels of bad though). And I would re-watch Howard the Duck before I'd re-watch Guardians of the Galaxy.

Rawbeard:
This movie is a motherducker!

Is that better or worse than it being a Mother I'd Like to Duck? (MILD)

Heh, I thought today episode would of been a tribute to Robin Willaims or something like that.

Anyway, I remember watching the last part to that film and needless to say, I have no intention of watching the whole film!

I don't much care for this movie. I thought it was...erm...not stupid but not entertaining. Somewhere in the middle. Inconsistent, maybe?

Damn it, Bob. Do you really hate your audience enough to tell us to watch Howard the Duck?

What did we do to deserve that?

castlewise:
So this episode dredged up some half forgotten memory of mine that I need help with. I remember a weird sci-fi movie from when I was a kid that had a magic glowing purse, and a big finale at some sort of giant sattelite dish. Can anyone help me out?

Is is My Stepmother is an Alien?

Oh yea, its all coming back to me now. No wonder why I only ever watched it once. Even as a kid watching Hell Raiser movies Freddy Kruger, Jason slashers and Halloween movies I knew this confusing for even me. On that note I really hope marvel dose try and remake it or at the very least cameo Howard in more often, I loved those comics as a kid and it would be a stupendous challenge for them and really show what Marvel is capable of.

Burnouts3s3:
So... does this mean Howard the Duck's going to get his own film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

James Gunn has said that Marvel has no plans for that currently, he's going to be more of a walk through cameo in Marvel movies... at best.

I say this with complete and utter sincerity...

... I hope Squirrel Girl shows up in one of these movies. That would put the biggest smile on my face.

If Marvel rose to the challenge...

Well, if it worked that would make one George Lucas very angry.

I suspect that Howard the Duck will be in the same movie as Deadpool. Simple as that.

I always thought the movie was so tonally inconsistent because that was the way the comics were. I never read them, so I still don't know if that's true. Even if it is, it's still not an excuse to make the same mistakes as the source material and crank it up to 11.

Was that bestiality? And anyway I thought the reason that was taboo to begin with was because animals can't consent. Howard isn't even an animal, he's an alien. When it comes to aliens I find this philosophy works best: If you can share a drink with it in a bar, it's ethically boneable.

I mean, am I wrong? It seems like arguing against my above point would be harder then defending it.

The whole "Monday morning quarterbacking thing," while I agree with it, is prevalent in more than just the film industry. It is an aspect of every facet of human behavior, IMO. No real reason to only blame Hollywood, but pretty much the entire entertainment industry, HAHA!

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