The George Lucas-produced 1986 cult classic Howard The Duck is now available for free streaming on Hulu. According to IMDb, Lucas spent $2 million on Howard’s duck suit, and eight different actors worked inside the costume. Lucas had just spent $50 million building Skywalker Ranch and was counting on this film to get him back in the black. The film which cost over $30 million to make only made $16 million at the box office. Lucas was forced to sell off assets to stay afloat. One of the assets sold was Lucasfilm’s computer generated effects division to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. The division later became known as Pixar Animation Studios. Shortly after the movie bombed in theaters, Universal Pictures head Frank Price quit his job. Hollywood tradepapers reported the story with the headline, “‘Duck’ Cooks Price’s Goose.”
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