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Ugly Duckling (1939)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 7 April 1939 (USA)
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 last Silly Symphony cartoon. Also, the only one to be a remake (of The Ugly Duckling (1931)). See more »

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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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Version of The Ugly Duckling and Me! (2006) See more »

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Touching rendition of Anderson tale.
13 April 2017 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is a touching Silly Symphony cartoon from Walt Disney - a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson's tale, The Ugly Duckling. Here, somehow a swan's egg ends up in the nest of a mother goose and when it hatches along with the other ducklings, the little ugly duckling is immediately repulsed.

The ugly duckling was actually pretty adorable and will immediately grab your sympathy and heart as you see him try to get along with his new family and surroundings. But, the poor thing couldn't catch a break and seemed to remain lonely until his real family, a flock of swans, befriended him. The most satisfying part was when the mother goose and her ducklings look with awe as the ugly duckling swims away with his swan family.

A great little cartoon with a great message.

Grade A-


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