NEW WORLD PICTURES MONTH: Down and Dirty Duck (1974)

Charles Swenson worked on The Point and 200 Motels before this movie, which came into being once Fritz the Cat was such a success. It has the voices of former Turtles members Mark Volman (Flo) as Duck and Howard Kaylan (Eddie) as Willard Isenbaum, an insurance salesman whose brain is filled to overflowing with sexual fantasies.

He’s sent out to check on the insurance claim of an older woman who believes that she will be killed by a bomb that will be delivered by a wizard on Tuesday. As she dies of a heart attack, she gives Willard her duck and they go on a wild series of adentures.

Producer Jerry D. Good pitched the film to Flo and Eddie and production company Murakami-Wolf — who would go on to make Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles — prepped to make the movie while Swenson worked on the escript. He wanted to call it Cheap! because it might have been released as Roger Corman’s Cheap! Swenson and studio owner Bill Wolf did most of the animation themselves.

The funniest thing about this film is that because the film was X-rated, The New York Times refused to run ads, despite the ad having a positive review from The New York Times. Making that even more humorous was that the movie was never submitted to the Motion Picture Association Of America and that X rating was just for publicity.

The animation looks really cheap, the story just goes on to anywhere and everywhere, and the credits claim that parts of the story came from people that Swenson encountered during the making of the film. I did, however, love the robotic cop with a John Wayne voice that was played by Robert Ridgely, who would go on to be a voice in The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat.

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