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Ugly Duckling (1939)

A newborn cygnet searches for a family that will accept him.

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The duck's eggs hatched: but the fifth hatchling, rather late, isn't like the rest, and momma chews poppa out. On top of all that, where the ducklings quack, the oddball honks. He's soon ostracized and rejected forever by all the ducks. He also explores a nest of sparrows and a duck decoy, but there's no acceptance there, either (the decoy bonks him on the head like one of those drinking birds). But just when he's feeling worst, a family of swans comes by, and he's found his real family. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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7 April 1939 (USA)  »

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Das hässliche Entlein  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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The Golden Books adaptation of this short is closer to the original fairy tale than the actual short itself, because for some reason the animators didn't follow the original plot. See more »

Goofs

When the hero is reunited with his family, we discover that he is one of five baby swans. However, for a brief moment, six baby swans appear on screen as they swim around one another before returning to their mother. See more »

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Referenced in Stitch! The Movie (2003) See more »

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Disney adaptation of Andersen fairy tale that remains true to the original and quite warm and touching.
20 February 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

Disney's track record for adaptations of works of literature is decidedly mixed. This version of Hans Christian Andersen's, "The Ugly Duckling" is one of the most successful ones and quite deservedly won another Oscar for Uncle Walt. It's a beautiful short on all counts-animation, backgrounds, artwork, scoring, eveything-Disney at it's best. When Disney was at their best, no one could touch them. This short does justice to one of the most well-known fairy tales of all time and almost makes up for what they did to Felix Salten's "Bambi". Almost. This one should be in-print and runs on The Ink and Paint Club. An absolute masterpiece and anyone who loves animation has got to see this one! Recommended.


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