Happy Go Ducky
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|Happy Go Ducky|
|Tom and Jerry series|
The title card of Happy Go Ducky.
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||William Hanna
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Red Coffee (as Quacker)|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Kenneth Muse
|Layouts by||Richard Bickenbach|
|Backgrounds by||Roberta Greutert|
|Release date(s)||January 3, 1958|
|Preceded by||Tom's Photo Finish|
|Followed by||Royal Cat Nap|
Happy Go Ducky is the 110th one reel animated Tom and Jerry short, created in 1957, directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley, and marks the penultimate appearance of Quacker the duckling. The cartoon's working title was One Quack Mind before the directors finally chose Happy Go Ducky, a pun on the phrase Happy go lucky. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Bill Schipek, Ken Southworth, Herman Cohen, Lewis Marshall and James Escalante, with backgrounds by Roberta Greutert and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. Despite having an Easter theme, the cartoon was not originally released at Easter, and there is speculation that the cartoon had been planned for release in Easter 1957, but these plans were shelved. Instead, it was released on January 3, 1958 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.
On Easter morning, the Easter Bunny leaves an Easter egg for Tom and Jerry. However, the egg is not a chocolate egg; instead, out hatches a duckling named Quacker, who insists on swimming in everything in the house: Tom's milk dish, the fish tank (even riding a seahorse!), the watercooler, the bathtub, and the kitchen sink. Tom and Jerry put Quacker back in his egg and tape the egg shut, but Quacker escapes. The last straw occurs when Quacker is swimming in the shower cubicle and floods the house. Tom and Jerry conspire to drop Quacker off at a nearby public park, but their plan backfires when Quacker returns, this time along with more ducklings, flooding the entire house with water. Quacker tells them that he and the other ducks have a surprise for them and says, "All together, fellas!" and the ducks all shout at once in unison to Tom and Jerry, "HAPPY EASTER!" and swim around them in the end, while Tom and Jerry smile and take a look.