Quackerz

Movie review by
Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media
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Animated duck adventure teaches tolerance, teamwork.
  • PG
  • 2016
  • 81 minutes

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Educational Value

Viewers will learn about the differences between Mandarin and Mallard ducks, like their homes (Asia and Russia for the former and Canada for the latter) and habitats.

Positive Messages

Teaches cultural understanding, collaboration, friendship, and teamwork -- as well as the importance of respecting others' differences and traditions. Erica teaches Longway that assuming girls need help and can't do things on their own is wrong and misguided. On the other hand, there are some culturally insensitive jokes about Chinese ducks.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Erica and Longway are both intelligent and courageous; they help and encourage each other. The General and the Emperor both see the error of their ways and work hard to save their children and people.

Violence & Scariness

The Mallard ducks' leader fights in close quarters with the Mandarin ducks' leader; they hit each other. The police officer has what looks like a gun but is actually a camera. A mysterious woman carries a bullwhip, which she often flicks at those she's trying to control. She declares her plan to kill the sun duck. Two ducks are kidnapped. The Mallard ducks have military weapons.

Sexy Stuff

Suggestive moments includes a joke about a book being for grown-ups because it contains "positions" and a woman dressed in a tight corset (a police officer becomes infatuated with her and says "Just look at her"). The cop kisses an image of the woman and is too smitten with her to see how dangerous she is.

Language

Frequent insult language: "lame," "old man," "idiot," "weird," "dumb," "big behind," "stupid," "fat," "vagrant," "insane," "coward," "quack job," "dummy," "jerk," "duck poop," "dimwits." Also culturally insensitive jokes about Chinese ducks: "strange name," "your kind," etc.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The Mallard duck general holds what looks like a fruity cocktail a couple of times.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Quackerz is an animated adventure about Chinese and Canadian ducks that must overcome their differences to save the sun from being harnessed by a selfish villain. There are situations that leave characters in peril, as well as fight scenes between ducks and between humans and ducks. Some of the fight sequences also involve weapons. While there's no swearing, the script includes lots of insult words: "dumb," "stupid," "idiots," "dummy," "quackpot," etc. -- as well as a few culturally insensitive jokes about Chinese ducks. Expect a few mildly suggestive lines and romantic jokes, too. Families who watch can discuss the importance of teamwork, cultural tolerance, and friendship, all of which are strong themes of the movie.

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Parent of a 3 and 7 year old Written byRachel R. August 26, 2017

Lead villain too sexy

Going through a phase with my oldest daughter (7) noticing sexy behaviors and emulating them. The lead villain was VERY sexy and there was a lot of emphasis on... Continue reading

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What's the story?

QUACKERZ follows the Mandarin ducks, whose leader, Emperor Peng Li (voiced by Enn Reitel), has convinced his ducks they can't fly -- as a means of protecting his adolescent gamer son, Longway (Robbie Daymond), the prophetic "sun duck" (the special keeper of the sun, who's chosen every 100 years). When a group of Canadian Mallard ducks arrives in China, mistaking it for Hawaii, militaristic General Duckmus (Michael Gross) clashes with Peng Li, who's bound by cultural traditions to be hospitable to the unexpected guests. As the Mallards decide on their next mission, General Duckmus' daughter, Erica (Andrea Becker), begins a flirtatious friendship with Longway and encourages him to learn to fly. Meanwhile, on land, a mysterious woman hires two thieves to secure the legendary sun duck in order to capture the sun for her own selfish reasons.

Is it any good?

Amusing enough for kids but unremarkable for parents, this duck-themed adventure at least offers positive messages. The animation is colorful if mediocre, particularly when it comes to the humans. The voice cast -- mostly character voice actors, rather than big celebs -- is solid, and the storyline is fairly easy to follow, even if the legend of the sun duck isn't as well explored as you'd expect, considering the entire premise revolves around its importance. Confusingly, the accents range from British English (why would the Mandarin Emperor have a posh UK accent?) and American to Russian to vaguely Chinese, perhaps in an attempt to appeal to international audiences.

Part "chosen one" and part Romeo and Juliet story, the story and characters will make kids laugh -- especially the dimwitted thieves who can't get their evil benefactress' instructions right and the sparring leaders, who keep trying to one-up each other. And slightly older tweens may enjoy the budding romance that develops between world-traveling duck Erica and sheltered gamer Longway. Ultimately, Quackerz is harmless, kid-friendly fun, but it's the sort of thing parents will likely want to put on during a road trip or playdate, when they don't have to watch it, too.

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