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Ugly Duckling (1939)

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

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The duck's eggs hatched: but the fifth hatchling, a bit late, isn't like the rest, and momma duck chews poppa out. On top of it all, where the ducklings quack, the oddball honks. He's soon ostracized 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 got a new family. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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7 April 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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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Featured in DTV: Golden Oldies (1984) See more »

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A remake that makes a little more ducking sense
1 September 2013 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

A duck couple impatiently waiting for their chicks to hatch are shocked when one of them looks different from the rest. Like any decent parents they shun and reject this dangerous different one after blaming each other for its existence. But the ugly one is desperate to be accepted and tags along despite it being made clear it is wanted by neither parents nor siblings. Not even surrogate bird families want anything to do with it.

Unlike the 1931 version this remake does actually have the duck grow up into a swan so it can spit in the face of those who initially rejected it. But there is still no explanation of how an elegant swan family could lose one of their eggs to a duck's nest.


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'Ugly?' The main character's the cutest, as far as I'm concerned. :) kellyleighcrutcher
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