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Downhearted Duckling
Tom and Jerry series

The title card of Downhearted Duckling
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Red Coffey - Quacker and Female Duckling (unc.)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Irven Spence
Ray Patterson
Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Backgrounds by Robert Gentle
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s) November 13, 1954
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:42
Language English
Preceded by Neapolitan Mouse
Followed by Pet Peeve

Downhearted Duckling is the 87th one Reel animated Tom and Jerry cartoonreleased. It was created in 1953, directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera, and produced by Fred Quimby, with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Irven Spence, Ray Patterson, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge with backgrounds by Robert Gentle. It was released on November 13, 1954 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.


Quacker is sobbing by Jerry's house and Jerry goes to Quacker and taps him on his shoulder which got Quacker's attention. When Jerry asks him what's wrong, Quacker shows Jerry the book The Ugly Duckling. and the duckling in the illustrated book looks just like Quacker, and it made him worry that he is so ugly, he has thoughts of suicide. Jerry tries to help Quacker look better, but Quacker attempts to behead himself by releasing an axe onto his head. Jerry removes him from the death trap and the axe falls on his tail.

Next, Jerry dresses Quacker up in a bow-tie and hat, but Quacker, looking at himself in a broken mirror, still thinks he is ugly, and starts crying again. Before Jerry runs inside his house and returns with another mirror, an upset Quacker walks off saying that nobody loves him, then he looks into the pond and says "Oh, boy, I sure am ugly", and wishing he was dead.

He approaches sleeping Tom and wakes him up, asking to be eaten. A puzzled Tom is only too happy to oblige, but is prevented from successfully eating the duckling, owing to Jerry's intervention. Jerry grabs Quacker out of Tom's mouth and flees. Tom searches for the duck and Quacker calls out to Tom while lying in a sandwich. Quacker jumps out of the sandwich as Tom tries to eat it and Tom eats a branch. Quacker apologizes and asks for Tom's tongue. Tom puts it out and Quacker jumps on it, but is saved again by Jerry before falling down Tom's throat.

Jerry and Quacker hide next to a hen, but instead of taking Quacker, Jerry grabs the hen and gets pecked into the ground. Quacker pokes his head out of a pie and asks if Tom wants to eat it. Tom refuses, but Quacker convinces him to eat him. Before Tom managed to grab the pie, Jerry suddenly comes, grabs Quacker before throwing the pie onto Tom's face.

Jerry tries to raise Quacker's spirits by giving him a beauty make-over inside Jerry's mousehole. Tom later approaches the mousehole after hearing Quacker's voice, and he blindly manages to grab Quacker from the mousehole, puts him in a bag before running off elsewhere. However, when Tom finally takes Quacker out of the bag, he becomes horrified at the duckling's appearance, as Quacker had mud on his face, was wearing a girdle, and had four big perm curlers on his head (this is from Jerry's work-in-progress make-over earlier) and Quacker even began walking like a Frankenstein's monster. Quacker asks if Tom wants to eat him but Tom runs off as quickly as he can, clawing straight through a brick wall in order to escape.

This worried Quacker once and for all "Oh, boy, am I ugly...", and Quacker is at his lowest ebb, curbing his suicidal tendencies and reducing himself to hiding under a paper bag (angrily scolding Jerry for lifting it up), and saying that he'll never show his face again. A female duckling passes by and sees Quacker sitting in despair on a rock. In curiosity she tries to look at his face, and giggles at his reaction before declaring he is cute. Quacker, no longer thinking himself ugly, tosses the bag away, then clicks his heels in a pleased way and holds her arm. Jerry quickly looks on, the two ducklings waddle off together into the sunset, stopping along the way to share a kiss before continuing their walk.



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Category:1954 animated films Category:Tom and Jerry short films Category:Films about suicide Category:Films based on works by Hans Christian Andersen Category:Films directed by Joseph Barbera Category:Films directed by William Hanna Category:1950s American animated films Category:1950s comedy films Category:Animated films about birds