Alfred J. Kwak

VARA (ended 1991)


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Alfred Jodocus Kwak is the titular character in a European-Japanese cartoon about an orphaned duck. The series is based on a Dutch theater show by Herman van Veen. While the show is designed ostensibly for children, it deals with unusually mature and dark themes. Alfred's family is killed by a car in the first episode. Bigotry, political zeal, and social justice are topics that the series touches on frequently. The character of Alfred Jodocus Kwak originated in the midst of the seventies, after Herman van Veen ran over a duck in the polder; the next day he saw a duck with seven ducklings waddling through his garden. The same time he was asked to write a theatre production about a fairy tale. He chose the yellow duck as the main character. The theatre production lead to a children's musical which was first presented in 1976.