The Duck Factory

NBC (ended 1984)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    Call Me Responsible

    Aired 7/11/84

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    You Always Love the One You Hurt

    Aired 7/4/84

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    The Children's Half Hour

    Aired 6/27/84

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    The Duck Stops Here

    Aired 6/20/84

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    It Didn't Happen One Night

    Aired 6/13/84

  • Cast & Crew
  • Don Messick

    Wally Wooster/Voice of Dippy Duck

  • Jim Carrey

    Skip Tarkenton

  • Jack Gilford

    Brooks Carmichael

  • Julie Payne

    Aggie Aylesworth

  • Teresa Ganzel

    Mrs. Sheree Winkler

  • show Description
  • Welcome to The Duck Factory guide. "The Duck Factory was set in a small, run-down Hollywood studio peopled by the loony crew who produced a TV cartoon show called Dippy Duck. The newest employee was Skip Tarkenton, an eager, young cartoonist fresh from the Midwest and bursting with excitement at his first professional job. His wide-eyed innocence contrasted sharply with the cynicism of his co-workers: Brooks, the fatherly artist full of doubts about his own brilliance; Andrea, the sarcastic, man-hungry film editor; Marty, the two-bit gag writer; Roland, the only black storyboard artist in the business; and Wally, the voice-over narrator who had a repertoire of so many cartoon voices that he had long since forgotten his own voice. ...the place was virtually leaderless when Skip arrived, so the whole crew turned to the reluctant newcomer to save Dippy Duck--which was constantly on the brink of cancellation by the network. This brought the enmity of Aggie, the pushy, penny-pinching business manager who thought she should be in charge, but also the appreciation of [Sheree], the sexy, young bimbo...who was...now the studio's owner." (Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present) Two veterans of 1960's cartoons came together to create this mix of live action and animation, which featured a then-unknown Jim Carrey in a now-unthinkable straight-man's role. Not to mention veteran voice actor Don Messick doing what he did best. Despite the presence of a laugh track, The Duck Factory was one of the very few MTM comedies to not be filmed/taped in front of a studio audience -- which probably doomed its chances right there, as the days of successful single-camera sitcoms were over by 1984. NBC and Brandon Tartikoff did give the ahead-of-its-time show a plum time slot -- between Cheers and Hill Street Blues (the latter of which it would cross over with) -- but did little to promote it. (Perhaps they had already used up all their yearly promotional dollars on The New Show.) Then Tartikoff ran several episodes out of order, and cancelled it after just a few weeks on the air, like pretty much everything else he put on that season. That summer, the show was nominated for two Emmys -- and won them both. A little trivia: The Duck Factory featured writer/producer Jay Tarses in one of his rare acting gigs on a show that wasn't his. A few months before it premiered, Jim Carrey made an uncredited, bit-part appearance on a show that was his, Buffalo Bill. And you know what Tartikoff replaced Buffalo Bill with? This. Talk about bittersweet! "Most folks think that it's a strange occupation Some folks call us a deranged aggregation We can't help it We're just happy this way Mama always wanted me to be a physician Dad said he'd rather I become a beautician But we can't help it We're just happy this way 'Cause it sure beats workin' for a livin' It ain't much, the livin' these days Yeah, it sure beats workin' for a livin' We're just happy this way Yeah, we're just happy this way (Workin' for a livin')" Theme song "It Sure Beats Workin' for a Livin'" written by Mark Vieha performed by unknown The Duck Factory is produced by MTM Enterprises, Inc. Broadcast History ----------------- Apr 1984-May 1984, Thu 9:30-10:00 Jun 1984-Jul 1984, Wed 9:30-10:00 First telecast: April 12, 1984 Last telecast: July 11, 1984 Show type: Single-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 13 Media: 35mm filmmoreless

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    • Aggie: ...so, uh, what I'm asking is that you don't cancel the show until he's had a chance to show you some of his marvellous proposals... 48 hours? And they say networks are cold and heartless.

    • Brooks: How'd things go at the network, Aggie? Aggie: They thought with Buddy gone, they were gonna be able to walk all over me. Well, I went right in there, and I said, "Look, there's no way we're going to keep doing The Dippy Duck Show unless you give us more money. In fact, I'm going to demand that you let me take it elsewhere." Andrea: You got us cancelled, didn't you.

    • Sheree: ...and then he saw me in this topless ice show, and that was, like, it. Skip: Uh, topless. [gulp] I've, uh, I've played a little hockey, uh-- Sheree: Oh, well to tell you the truth, I can just barely stand up on the ice. But you don't exactly have to be Peggy Fleming if you're willing to skate with your shirt off.

    • Sheree: What was your name again? Skip: Uh, Skip Tarkenton. Sheree: Oh. Right. Oh, of course. Buddy just thought the world of you.

    • Brooks: Anyway, I went to Buddy, and asked him if I could borrow $7000 for the triple bypass surgery. He sat there, thought about it, and said, "Frank" -- you know how he liked to kid us pretending he didn't know our names -- "Frank," he said, "I really would like to do it, but there's this speedboat I got my eye on, and I'm going to have to say no." Of course, I didn't have the operation, which was just great, because it turned out that they mixed up my angiogram with somebody else's. So I'm here to thank Buddy for the fact that I didn't go through any of that unnecessary surgery. Sheree: Thank you, Frank.

    • Aggie: The Widow Winkler forgot to get a minister. Roland: What are we supposed to do? Andrea: I went to a funeral once where everyone told nice stories about the guy who died. Marty: This is Buddy Winkler we're talking about. We don't have a nice story between us.

    • Sheree: It's just such a shock seeing Buddy's name on the screen like that. I mean, his being deceased and all. Skip: Well, we thought we should list somebody as producer. Andrea: Why not Buddy? He still does what he did before. Brooks: He just doesn't come in as often.

    • Andrea: ...It's none of your business how I spent my weekend, or if someone spent the weekend with me. And even if it was your business -- which it is not -- I wouldn't tell you. If, in fact, there was anything to tell, which you'll never know if there is or isn't. Marty: Well, I guess we know who spent the weekend alone.

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    Notes (26)

    • Art director James G. Hulsey and set decorator Bruce Kay won Emmys for Outstanding Art Direction in a Series for this episode.

    • Closing announcement: "Where's the cat?"

    • Closing credits: Slow-motion instant replay of Brooks' black and white pencil test, showing Sir Thanksalot's horse falling on him.

    • Animation producers Ted and Gerry Woolery won Emmys for Outstanding Graphic Design and Title Sequences for this episode.

    • Daphne Maxwell Reid is credited as Daphne Maxwell.

    • Closing credits: Slow-motion instant replay of two pink elephants dancing across the screen, from the opening credits.

    • Closing announcement: "Where's the cat?"

    • The gang all attend the 1983 Annies, which, in real life, were the 11th annual awards -- and which was the year the episode was filmed. But it contains a 1984 copyright date, and aired after the 12th annual awards.

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    Trivia (14)

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

    • In the animated opening credits, a cel of a purple rhinoceros-looking thing was accidentally omitted from one frame, making it do a disappearing-reappearing act.

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