The more recent appearance and increased visibility of queer "queer duck" cartoons and children's narratives in the United States, all of them created by Jewish-American talent, has generated much broader mainstream media coverage, something that can be seen as having to do to with the high level of integration of white Jewish-American artists who write and perform in English in the New York publishing and Hollywood film, television, and animation industry, especially as compared to Latinoslas and more in particular, to Puerto Ricans.
In their article on the internet flash animation Queer Duck, published on Nov.
In addition to the lead character, who is a blue-colored Jewish gay male nurse (and a duck!), the Queer Duck flash animation episodes feature a menagerie of friends, including Oscar Wildcat, Bi Polar Bear, and Openly Gator, as well as several family members, including Mr.
As Caval and Montgomery notice, Queer Duck (the protagonist) is characterized by his penchant for fowl-mouthed jokes (pun intended!); the series in general is quite racy (Jefferson Graham from USA Today described it as "raunchy") and was definitely made for a mature, adult audience.
I share Attenberg's apprehension about the mixed messages of Queer Duck, yet I must admit that I am rather fond of the series, and also find the film enjoyable, but only insofar as an extension of the episodes.
Queer Duck (whose full name is Adam Seymour Duckstein) is a very fey, over the top, "stereotypically" gay (meaning he is expressive and loud), yet not particularly effeminate blue-colored duck.
Openly Gator (Steven Arlo Gator), who is Queer Duck's boyfriend, is the most effeminate or flamboyant of the four; his most distinctive traits include his tone of voice, his mannerisms, and his clothes, a pink floral tropical shirt and orange Mardi Gras-like beads that look like pearls.
While these characters' notions of the meaning of "gay culture" (such as Queer Duck's obsession with Barbra Streisand and recurrent attendance to the funerals of friends who have died from AIDS) at times seem dated (or rather, they seem to correspond to those of gay men who came of age in the 1970s), they do actively engage in issues of contemporary gay politics (a critique of anti-gay figures such as Dr.
While there is no consistent interest in things Hispanic in Queer Duck, there are three brief, passing references to Latino queer culture.
Harvey Fierstein's The Sissy Duckling (an animated film released in 1999 and also a children's book published in 2002) does not partake of the urban environment (and adult content) of Queer Duck, but rather takes place in the wilderness, in a space of "nature"; the text is in no way explicitly marked as Jewish except by the very strong association of the artist to that tradition.
The film is perhaps the first to seriously address this topic for a mainstream juvenile audience, and as such shares a pioneering status in animation, akin to the one Queer Duck holds for adult audiences.
Review of Queer Duck. Soundbitten's Guide to Online Animation.