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The Ugly Duckling (1931)

A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen's chicks.

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A black duckling is rejected by its mother, a hen, but manages to prove his worth when a tornado threatens the hen's chicks.

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16 December 1931 (USA)  »

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The only Silly Symphony cartoon to be remade. (see Ugly Duckling (1939)) See more »

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Version of General Electric Theater: The Ugly Duckling (1960) See more »

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Not so fugly
1 September 2013 | by See all my reviews

This primitive 1931 black-and-white cartoon is based on the old fable of the unattractive child who grows up to be beautiful and spits in the face of all those who previous laughed and avoided them. After all, society SHOULD cast out those who are different as anything other than normal is frightening.

Of course the duckling turns out to be a swan who somehow ended up in the nest of a mother hen (not duck). It's a fable that has been drilled into the subconscious of most children in the developed world, yet most of them do still grow up to reject what is different.

During a storm the ugly one rescues the other chicks and is accepted.

Although I mentioned that the duck is actually a swan, it isn't. It's actually a duck, while the others are actually baby chickens. So the entire premise of the cartoon is false.


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