My good friend Bryan is probably jumping up and down over the announcement that the 90’s television series Duckman is heading to DVD. I remember Bryan staying up late night to catch the show on his antiquated VHS machine, instead of going out and getting drunk with his fellow men.
No definitive release date has been announced (sometime in 2008), but it has been suggested the first collection will include the first two seasons of the show (22 episodes in total).
The series consists of 70 episodes that aired right before USA’s Up All Night on Saturday nights from 1994 to 1997 on the USA Network. The initial showrunners were Reno and Osborn, and the show was produced by Paramount Television. The animation was produced by Klasky Csupo. In later years, the show running duties went to David Misch and Michael Markowitz. Producer Gene Laufenberg was with the show for most of its run. The music for first season episodes was composed and performed by Frank Zappa; however, because the show premiered after Zappa died, all the music was spliced and rearranged by his son Dweezil Zappa. The original timeslot for Duckman episodes while still being produced was changed to later at night due to complaints from parents about children seeing the adult humor-oriented show.
Gotta love the early Klasky Csupo work that launched Chuckie and the rest of The Rugrats on the world. It’s a shame there series is only getting a DVD treatment instead of being released on HD or Blu-ray. In either case, Bryan is still out of luck as I believe he is still nursing that VHS machine.