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Jerry's little duckling friend is depressed because he's just read The Ugly Duckling and thinks that he's ugly. Jerry does his best to help. Tom gets involved when the suicidal duck offers himself as a meal and Jerry keeps saving him. Jerry tries a makeover: mud pack, corset, perm - the works. When Tom sees the makeover in progress, he loses his appetite, which convinces the duck he's even more ugly. He walks off with a bag on his head. A lady duckling happens along, lifts the bag, and tells him he's cute and all is solved. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Dark Humor, And Very Funny
30 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This story centers around Jerry trying to help a little yellow duckling in the latter's's area of self-esteem. The duck thinks he's ugly and that nobody loves him. He even tries to commit suicide! Jerry, of course, saves the day and does whatever he can to boost little bird.

Every time he looks at his reflection it convinces him more. Of course, he's a rippling stream and a broken mirror and those images are distorting.

There are some funny lines, in a very dark sort of way. For instance, the bird, who wishes he was dead, comes up to Tom, raps him on the head and asks, "Will you eat me, Mr. Pussycat?" Tom is taken aback by this so the bird says, "I'm serious." He then puts salt on top of his head so he'll taste better!

It goes on from there, and the bird is hilarious in some of the ideas he has so that the cat will eat him. Tom is more than happy to oblige but each time Jerry saves the little guy at the last second.

Jerry then steps up his plan to make the bird feel better about his looks, even putting hair curlers, a mud pack and a girdle on him!

This is very inventive stuff - maybe some parts too dark for little kids, especially back in the 1950s, but a hoot for adults to enjoy today. There are tons of sights that will have you laughing out loud in this one!


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