Howard the Duck was a
science fiction comedy that was released in 1986.
The film was originally intended to be an animated
release based on the Marvel comic book also called
Howard the Duck. The movie starred Lea Thompson as
Beverly Switzler and Tim
Robbins as Phil Blumburtt. The movie received negative
reviews across the board, and it was not a profitable
movie after adding up sales.
In this movie, Howard lives on the Planet
Duckworld, a planet of big, human-like ducks.
Unbeknownst to Howard, scientists on earth have created
a dimensional jumping device, which they have pointed at
Duckworld and Howard ends up being transported to
Cleveland, Ohio (aka Earth). After using his
martial arts skills to rescue Beverly Switzler
(Thompson) from crooks, Beverly decides to try to get
Howard back to Duckworld by enlisting the help of a
scientist named Phil Blumburtt (Robbins). As Phil
works to finding out how to get Howard back to his home
planet, Beverly hires Howard as their band manager after
he discovers theft by the former manager.
When Phil and some
other scientist try to reverse the dimensional jump and
send Howard back, the device malfunctions, and one of
the scientists is turned into an alien that calls itself
the "Dark Overlord of the Universe". The alien has
plans to conquer the world by zapping other aliens into
human hosts, and he decides to start with Beverly.
After Howard and Phil stop the Dark Overlord, Howard
must make a decision to either destroy the dimensional
jump device and stop the alien invasion, or zap himself
back to Duckworld and let the Earth perish.
Howward chooses the former, and stays on Earth, as
Beverly's no famous band manager.