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Stanley, the Ugly Duckling (1982)

A modernized take on the classic fairy tale that follows an ugly duckling who befriends a loner fox and battles a gang of bad motorcycle eagles.



(story and script) (as Norman L. Martin), (story and script)


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Cast overview:
Susan Blu ...
Stanley (voice)
Nathan (voice)
Eagle One (voice)
Lee Thomas ...
D.J. (voice)
Julie McWhirter ...


A modernized take on Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tale, this follows the story of an ugly duckling who leaves his family and tries to make friends with other animals but is rejected because of his ugliness. However, he meets and befriends a loner fox named Nathan, who takes him under his wing despite preferring to be alone. The non-duckling, now named Stanley, later mistakenly joins a sinister motorcycle gang called Hell's Eagles, led by Eagle One, but unfortunately, the eagles capture Nathan in a plan to turn him into dinner and have him tied up, making Stanley realize his mistake. Unable to rescue his fox friend, Stanley meets a group of pelicans who help him fight off the eagles, and after saving Nathan, he learns a lesson that he must like his own looks and not despise them.

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1 May 1982 (USA)  »

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I can't believe it!!!!
13 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie just popped into my head for no reason today and I looked it up. I was shocked to see that it doesn't even have five votes yet. I was lucky enough to catch this on TV one day. I was in Haiti visiting family who ironically enough had cable (Disney channel to be exact), which I did not. I spent most of that summer watching TV :)But I digress. This was such the awesome movie! It's about a Duckling who gets mocked for being very effeminate. They like to call him special and he likes to remind them that he's "UNIQUE!" Some how, through a strange twist of winter events, he ends up saving the day. Yay! It's a cute story but what's more important is that it sends a message of tolerance and promotes self-esteem for kids growing up who may not fit in.

I think Disney should air this film again. I wonder where I could find it.

Oh well, if anybody reads this who hasn't seen it yet see it!!! (if you can. I'm going to try to find it and post it. You guys do the same).

Happy Tuesday!!!

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