DVD Review: Duckman: The Complete Series

Duckman: The Complete Series is based on characters created by Everett Peck in his Dark Horse comic. The series was developed by Everett Peck and features the voice talents of Jason Alexander as Eric T. Duckman,  Nancy Travis as his sister-in-law Bernice, Gregg Berger as Duckman’s best friend and partner Cornfed, Dweezil Zappa as Duckman’s mentally challenged eldest son Ajax, Dana Hill and Pat Musick share voice duties for one-half of Duckman’s genius conjoined twins Charles and E. G. Daily voices the other half Mambo. The animation was produced by Klasky Csupo.

Private Dick family Man He’s crude. He’s rude. He’s lewd. Yes, he’s the total dick: DUCKMAN (Jason Alexander) the slovenly, smart-mouthed, private eye ladies don’t like and men don’t want to be like. Together with Cornfed, his portly, porcine partner in crime solving, this defective detective amazingly manages to solve crimes and be a single parent to his hilariously dysfunctional sons at the same time. Now, every irreverent episode from all 4 outrageous seasons of this Emmy-nominated series is available in this Complete Series collection! You have been warned.

Duckman: Private Dick / Family Man aired on USA Network from March 5, 1994 until September 6, 1997. The series follows this sarcastic crime solving duck who makes a lot of bad choices in his life and it always backfires on him with each step he makes. He has his dysfunctional family that’s hardly there for him when he needs them the most but there is his loyal pig partner who never turns his back on him even in the worst of times. Cornfed is actually the only sane character in this entire cast of oddball characters. What Duckman lacks in charm and class, he makes up for with his sleazy opportunistic ways and his big mouth that gets him in way over his head every single time he opens it. Did I mention the creepy Care Bear looking assistants called Fluffy and Uranus that Duckman always takes his frustrations out on? The series also wasn’t afraid to poke fun at many other franchises during its run. There’s also lots of guest stars stopping by in all four seasons.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The clear keepcase features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes series details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features more artwork and episode listing on each disc. The DVD discs have a flat grey finish and only feature the series logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I really had a blast revisiting Duckman: The Complete Series because there’s a lot of episodes I missed back in the day and now I’ve had the opportunity to finally check them all out. The stories for each episode were smart and well written and dealt with everything from family drama to politics and even religion but there was always a silly spin included. The voice cast did a great job giving these quirky characters their personalities and attitudes. The unique looking animation style comes across as something that would take place in the same weird universe as “The Oblongs” or something you’d witness late at night on Adult Swim. This is a really fun animated series that’s full of adult humor, rude and obnoxious antics and polticially incorrect behavior and that’s why dig it so much. The cult comedy animated series will be available on a 10-Disc DVD set on February 6th and is worth checking out, especially if you’ve never had a chance to witness this outlandish cartoon creation that came along way before its time.

Distributor: CBS Home Entertainment / Paramount Home Media Distribution

Run Time: 10 Discs / 70 Episodes / 1575 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Full Screen Format (1.33:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features:

  • What The Hell Are Your Staring At?: A Special Investigation Inside Duckman, Private Dick/Family Man
  • Duckman: Inside the Creation of an Anti-Hero from Comic Book Character to Screen Star
  • Six Degrees of Duckman (Interactive)
  • Video of the Original Animatic Drawings and Animation from the Unaired Pilot
  • Walk Cycles, Expressions, Storyboards and Pencil Tests

 

 

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