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Trivia about Howard the Duck.

  • Phoebe Cates and Tori Amos auditioned for the part of Beverly Switzler, eventually played by Lea Thompson.
  • Jay Leno was up the role of Phil Blumburtt.
  • Howard landed on Earth on 8 September. It was on that date in 1966 that "Star Trek" (1966) premiered on NBC.
  • The ultra light aircraft used in the movie was a Quicksilver MX.
  • Executive producer George Lucas spent $2 million on Howard's duck suit, and eight different actors worked inside the costume. According to the 2009 DVD release, a child actor was intended to be the "main" Howard, but didn't work out; another actor, Ed Gale ended up performing the lion's share of the major scenes as Howard and as such earned himself a credit at the start of the film.
  • Shortly after the movie was released, Frank Price quit his job as the head of Universal Pictures, the studio that funded the film. "Variety" reported the story with the headline, "'Duck' Cooks Price's Goose."
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When Howard knocks the duck hunter out of his boat and shouts "Banzai!"
  • In a 1986 interview in "Star Hits" magazine, singer Belinda Carlisle stated that she auditioned for a role in the film.
  • According to reports at the time of the movie's release, George Lucas was heavily in debt (having just built the $50-million Skywalker Ranch complex) and was counting on this film to get him back in the black. When it bombed, he was forced to start selling off assets to stay afloat. His friend Steve Jobs, the CEO of Apple Computer, offered to help by buying Lucasfilm's newly-launched CGI animation division for a price well above market value, and Lucas, in desperate straits and thankful for the assistance, agreed. That division eventually become Pixar Animation Studios.
  • Lea Thompson actually did the singing for all of the songs of her character's band, as did the other actresses in the group. On the 2009 DVD, Thompson states that even during filming the studio had not made a final decision as to whether to keep Thompson's singing voice or dub her.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: Heard when Dr. Walter Jenning (while being the Dark Lord) sends the man through the window with his energy and the guy lands on a car.
  • A clip of this movie is on "The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made" DVD Region 1 NTSC.
  • George Lucas's close friend John Landis was originally slated to direct this film but after reading the script turned down the opportunity due to the police car crashes in the finale. He felt this was too similar to that of his previous film The Blues Brothers (1980).
  • Although "space" rabies was a non-existent disease (Howard used to scare Beverly's management into paying her band), the real rabies virus can only be transmitted by mammals; not birds.
  • The first feature film based on a Marvel comic.
  • George Lucas has jokingly stated on occasion that perhaps one day he'll go back and replace the Howard puppet with a CGI Yoda. It is assumed this was a sarcastic comment referring to Lucas' touch-ups on Yoda in the Star Wars franchise.
  • This is one of the only six Marvel films (the others being The Punisher and it's reboots and three Blade movies) to be rated R, containing strong usage of profanity, drug use, sexual innuendo (hinting of sexuality) and a scene where a female duck is taking a bath and is completely topless. This is one more reason why the film was hated by critics.

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