The Info List - Quaq Quao

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Quaq Quao is an Italian animated television series for children based on the adventures of a duck. The series consisted of 26 episodes of five to six minutes duration. It was filmed using stop-motion with origami figures and was written and directed by Francesco Misseri with music by Piero Barbetti. Quaq Quao was produced by L + H Films in 1978. It was first broadcast in Italy in 1980 [1] The show's theme tune was used in Rompeprop's song "Quack Quack".


1 Plot 2 Animation 3 Episode List 4 References 5 External links

Plot[edit] Each episode is formulaic and has almost exactly the same plot. Quaq Quao is a white origami duck with a yellow beak. He is young, adventurous and a little bit cheeky. Quaq Quao has a brief interaction with his mother, a larger version of himself, which seems to be a lesson, as he repeats the actions and quacks of his mother. He bids her farewell and heads off on his own for the day. He sings the Quaq Quao theme song and performs acrobatics in the water, generally having a good time before he meets the guest creature for the episode. The creature is usually another animal, although four of the creatures were a jack-in-the-box (The Bugbear - probably an Italian misunderstanding of what a bugbear is), a racecar, a cloud and a train. He quacks at the creature and behaves like a duck, and the creature makes sounds and behaves appropriately for its type. The two are initially antagonistic towards each other and attempt to outsmart or outperform each other by one-upmanship, culminating in a shouting match where each tries to convince the other that their "language" is the proper one, but finally become friends and imitate each other by changing colour and/or minor changes in design, making each other's sounds, and behaving like each other. Quaq Quao swims back to his mother, all the while singing the theme tune in the style of the other creature. He regains his normal appearance just before re-encountering his mother. When he returns, she greets him by quacking, and he responds by making the sounds of his new friend. His mother is alarmed and quacks again. Quaq Quao becomes slightly subdued, and he once again responds by quacking. His mother is satisfied, and the two swim off-screen together. Just before the epsiode ends, Quaq Quao races back on screen, and makes the sound of his friend again in defiance of his mother. He then races off-screen again to rejoin his mother. Because there is no human dialogue, Quaq Quao, his mother and most of the creatures could be any gender. Animation[edit] Because of the formulaic nature of the episodes, several economies of animation are possible. There are only a few versions of the following scenes:

the initial "lesson" scene with his mother his outward journey the final scene with his mother

These scenes are used alternately in different episodes to give the impression of more animation than was actually created. All changes in his appearance are reverted just before he meets up with his mother again, so the final scene never needed to be customised for a particular episode, except for Quaq Quao making the sound of his new friend in a couple of places. This meant that the animators could focus their efforts on the animation for the individual interactions between Quaq Quao and the other creature. Episode List[edit]

Episode number Title[2] Notes

1 The Small Donkey

2 The Lamb

3 The Horse

4 The Seal

5 The Monkey

6 The Bugbear actually a Jack-in-the-Box

7 The Mouse

8 The Frog

9 The Racecar

10 The Piglet

11 The Parrot

12 The Cloud

13 The Cockerel

14 The Tiger

15 The Elephant

16 The Dove

17 The Robin

18 The Turkey

19 The Hen

20 The Hyena

21 The Train

22 The Bee

23 The Bull

24 The Cat

25 The Dog

26 The Wolf Cub


^ "Zona Animazione: "Quaq Quao"". Antonio Genna. Retrieved 2006-12-19.  ^ "TheTVDB.com: Quaq Quao - All Seasons". Retrieved 2017-12-30. 

External links[edit]

Quaq Quao on IMDb

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