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Mallard Hitchcock is an anthropomorphic duck from the 2017 Continuum.
One of the most famous horror directors in the world, Mallard Hitchcock directed such spine-tingling classics as The Quacking Dead, Quack of the Zombie and the Screaming Duck series. A very theatrical duck who was extremely passionate about his craft he "spent [his] entire career obsessing over every shot, making sure every feather was in place", and his passion paid off as he was a very popular and well liked director in his career. Despite his fame, Mallard showed himself to be rather friendly, if slightly egotistical.
However, his perfectionism delayed his final film, The Revenge of the Screaming Duck, by many years as his insane demands drove away all cast and crew. Hiding out in the lonely Eagle's Pinky Toe Hotel, the mad moviemaker set out to complete the movie all by himself, a naturally impossible task. When Donald Duck and his nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie Duck visited the hotel, he accepted their help, hiring Dewey for the part of the Screaming Duck. An unwitting Donald Duck acted as the scared protagonist as the disguised Dewey, special effects in tow, chased him screaming and shrieking through the hotel.
After finally calling a wrap on Revenge, Hitchcock then realized he had always harbored a passion for "realism" that Donald's true-life 'acting' had brought to light. Quitting moviemaking on the high of Revenge, he decided to become a professional monster hunter, offering Donald a partnership (though the other duck refused and fled). purple bow-tie.
Behind the scenes
Mallard Hitchcock is somewhat of an amalgamation of famous directors Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick. His name and design is clearly based off of Alfred, but his tendency to try and make every frame absolutely perfect is based off the practice of Kubrick. Furthermore, the story contains references to numerous works of horror, not all by either of the two; thus the hotel setting is reminiscent of both Kubrick's The Shining and Hitchcock's Psycho, while the titles of The Screaming Duck and The Quacking Dead are references to the more recent Scream and The Walking Dead franchise.