Q. Allan Brocka's 80-minute animated feature Rick and Steve: The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World -- which screened at the 2007 San Francisco LGBT Film Festival -- represents a spin-off of Brocka's Logo series Rick & Steve and an expansion of his 1999 animated short of the same title. In it, Brocka uses stop-motion, CG-animated robots to tell the story of three homosexual couples living large in Lahunga Beach: Rick and Steve, the gay lovers of the title, who share a lovely and impeccably decorated two-bedroom home with an enchanted cat named Pussy, but long for a child; two lesbian partners, Kirsten and the slightly obnoxious Dana, who seem happy to oblige Rick and Steve by making the parental dream happen, but can't seem to get past bilious personal feelings that exist between Steve and Dana; and Chuck and Evan. The latter are an HIV-infected, wheelchair-bound queen and his insomniac 19-year-old partner. Brocka's film finds the couples vowing to stick together and emotionally support one another despite the constant wisecracks, backbiting, and tantrums that frequently (and hilariously) erupt and threaten to stand in the way.
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