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Sitting Ducks

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Sitting Ducks
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“Who says ducks and alligators can’t be friends?”
Genre: Comedy
Running Time: 22 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: September 13, 2001 – July 5, 2003
Network(s): Cartoon Network
Created by: Michael Bedard
Distributed by: NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Starring: Ian James Corlett
Dave "Squatch" Ward
Seasons: 2
Episodes: 26 (52 two-part segments per episode)

Sitting Ducks is a 2001 Cartoon Network television series that revolves around the everyday life of Bill the Duck, with his alligator pal named Aldo. The show first premiered on September 13, 2001, with the final episode airing on July 5, 2003, for 2 seasons, and 26 half-hour episodes containing 52 segments.

Why It Rocks

  1. "Bev's Big Day" showed some interesting backstories to the characters, like Bill gaining his bowtie after being constantly misrecognized.
  2. The animation style stays true to the books, and lithographs.
  3. The lithographs are actually referenced a lot in the show, like Oly, Waddle, and Ed sitting on the chairs pictured in the paintings.
  4. The show became a massive hit in Europe, spawning toys, books, and even a PS2 video game!
  5. Aldo, and Bill hugging each other when (almost leaving) in "Midnight Snack" was on the verge of being heartwarming, as it shows a true friendship (or a "bromance", if you will).
  6. The show gained a small cult following.

Bad Qualities

  1. Toilet humor isn't uncommon in this show, like crow poop, "naked" ducks, and "tail feathers".
  2. Even though CG animation was new for television, the animation is very subpar, with a few animation errors throughout. This improved in season 2.
  3. Aldo was treated like dirt in the final episode, Duck Lover.
    1. Speaking of which, Duck Lover and Outback Quack were awful ways to end the show.
  4. Most of the characters are based off of overused stereotypes in television shows. Raoul, for example, is the unlikable bully that torments the main character for their dream they want to pursue.

Trivia

  • The show was based off of the lithographs and the book both created by Michael Bedard.
  • Ducktown was originally a place for alligators to fatten up ducks for their meat.
  • Sitting Ducks is now available to stream on NBC Universal's streaming service, "Peacock".
  • Episode 14A, "Daredevil Ducks", parodies reality TV shows.
  • For some reason, the episodes on Peacock are rendered in the PAL format, which means the frames and audio are not the way they were intended to be aired.

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