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Ugly Duckling (1939)

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

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Jack Cutting (uncredited), Clyde Geronimi (uncredited)
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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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Country:

USA

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Release Date:

7 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El patito feo See more »

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Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 Troldspejlet: The Meteor Man (1994) See more »

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A remake that makes a little more ducking sense
1 September 2013 | by CuriosityKilledShawnSee 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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