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The Vanishing Duck (1958)

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George gives Joan a baby duck for her birthday. While they are out celebrating, Tom goes after the duck but his plans are thwarted when the duck (and, later, Jerry) finds a jar of vanishing... See full summary »

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Uncredited cast:
Red Coffey ...
Little Quacker (voice) (uncredited)
Joan (voice) (uncredited)
George O'Hanlon ...
George (voice) (uncredited)


George gives Joan a baby duck for her birthday. While they are out celebrating, Tom goes after the duck but his plans are thwarted when the duck (and, later, Jerry) finds a jar of vanishing cream and uses it to well, vanish, and get even with Tom (for a while, at least). Written by Jon Reeves <>

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2 May 1958 (USA)  »

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Tom and Jerry: The Vanishing Duck  »

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(Westrex Recording System)



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2.35 : 1
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Last appearance of Little Quacker. See more »


When Jerry opens up one of the electrical outlet boxes before tripping Tom with the chord, the wires attached to the electrical outlet are green. The electrical wires attached to the outlet should be white and black. See more »


[first lines]
George: Honey. Oh, honey.
Joan: I'm in here, George .
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Followed by The Tom and Jerry Cartoon Kit (1962) See more »

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A disappearing act on a gradually-disappearing series
1 August 2001 | by (Thatcham, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

George, Tom's owner, gets his wife Joan a birthday gift in the shape of the little duckling that first made an appearance in Little Quacker (1950) and had appeared in six other cartoons. Tom spots the duckling and tries to catch him, but then the little feathered one teams up with Jerry and the two have some fun at Tom's expense, courtesy of some vanishing cream that they use to make themselves invisible.

This story could be seen as a successor to The Invisible Mouse (1947), although it is not as funny, not least of which because the cuts that animation departments were forced to make at this time caused the schematic backgrounds and less-attractive colours, not to mention the fact that most of the animators just could not draw Tom and Jerry as well as one that had been very experienced in it -- Kenneth Muse, who had been animating them from as far back as 1941 in The Night Before Christmas (when Tom was very hairy!) -- so it is pretty clear what had been drawn by him and what had not.

The Vanishing Duck was also the last of the Tom & Jerry series to feature the duckling.

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