Quackerz is an animated film about a Mandarin Duck named Longway. He doesn’t know it yet, but Longway is a Sun Duck with special powers. His powers are so special that he attracts the attention of an evil woman that wants to harness the power of a Sun Duck. Quackerz is one of those movies that will appeal more with younger kids than parents. My two little ones enjoyed the movie and didn’t even fight once with each other when they were watching. That’s a good thing as far as I am concern. The 81-minute film is rated PG for rude and suggestive humor, and some action. Quackerz (Shout! Factory Kids) opens in select theaters in Los Angeles this Friday (June 3rd) and will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD on June 14th.
Quackerz is the story of a Sun Duck named Longway. He’s essentially a bored teen-aged Mandarin Duck that doesn’t know he’s the real Sun Duck. His father, Pengli, has been pretending to be the Sun Duck in order to save his son’s life. One day, their peaceful island is attacked by the Mandarin Ducks. Even though they are attacked, Longway soon becomes friends with Erica. She is the daughter of the Mandarin Ducks Emperor. Meanwhile the evil Ms. Knout, a human, is out to kidnap the Sun Duck so she can harness the power of the sun in order to remain young looking.
The Main Characters
The four main characters of Quackerz are Longway, Erica, Pengli, and Pengli:
He is the son of the leader of the flock, a young drake. Longway is the next generation Sun Duck who possesses superpowers and can control the sun’s energy. But he knows nothing of his superpowers. His father, the Emperor of the Mandarin Ducks, strives to protect his son from the dangers of the world by keeping him ignorant of his birthright and his destiny. However fate cannot be so easily averted and the day comes when Longway must save the entire flock and defeat the powers of evil.
She is the only daughter of the Military Mallards’ Commander. Erica is young, independent, brave, impulsive, curious and very proactive. She travels the world with her father’s squad and constantly violates army protocol and discipline, as a consequence of which she is frequently punished. But she is young and adventurous — she likes exploring new places and always finds the way to slip away and find some new trouble. Erica is very open minded and straight forward.
He is the Mandarin Ducks Emperor. Pengli is a philosopher and a family man. He is emotional (shifts from calm to irritation and back in no time) and a master of kung fu. He is an ardent custodian of tradition and family history. Pengli is the only one who knows that the Legend of the Sun Duck described in the Great Book of their flock is true. Moreover, the next Sun Duck is his beloved son Longway and he is in mortal peril, as the last Sun Duck was captured by the Witch. Pengli pretends to be the Sun Duck to save his son, but since he has no magical powers, no one believes the Sun Duck ever did any good to the flock.
He is a warrior, a commander, a natural leader. Duckmus is never mistaken, and even when he is, he is practically incapable of admitting mistakes. He is physically strong and well groomed. He is always ready for a fight or an argument. Although he deeply loves his daughter, he tries not to let it show. He sincerely believes that all those who seek her hand in marriage are bumbling idiots not worthy of her attention.
The movie features the voice talents of Michael Gross (Duckmus), Jesse Corti (Kianga), Robbie Daymond (Longway), Enn Reitel (Peng Li), Mark DeCarlo (dancer), Bruce Nozick (Shina), Aleksandr Golovin (Shina), Joshua J. Greene (old servant), Evelina Bledans (Margo), Andrea Becker (Erica), Amy Margolis (Nanny), Vladimir Presnyakov (Peng Li), Nikita Presnyakov (Nik), and Stanislav Strelkov (old servant). Quackerz was directed by Victor Lakisov.
The combo pack includes the movie in Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, and digital formats. In addition, the combo includes a couple of special features:
- Behind-the-scene footage
When the peaceful island of the Mandarin Ducks is mistakenly invaded by the Military Mallards, a conflict flares up between the Mandarin Emperor and the Mallard Commander. Longway, the Emperor’s son, and Erica, the daughter of the Mallard Commander, meet… and before long, a friendship takes wing. While their feathered fathers fight and egg each other on, the wicked Ms. Knout is con-duck-ting a scheme to destroy the sun. The kids will have to get all their ducks in a row to battle their foe… but waddle they do if her foul plan succeeds?
More info: Quackerz DVD
[Disclosure: I received a movie for review purposes. As always, the opinions expressed are mine and I am not obligated to write a positive review.]