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|Tom and Jerry series|
The title card of Downhearted Duckling
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Red Coffey - Quacker and Female Duckling (unc.)|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Irven Spence
|Backgrounds by||Robert Gentle|
|Distributed by||Loew's Inc.|
|Release date(s)||November 13, 1954|
|Preceded by||Neapolitan Mouse|
|Followed by||Pet Peeve|
Downhearted Duckling is the 87th one reel animated Tom and Jerry cartoon released. 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.
Outside Jerry’s house, Quacker is sobbing, because he thinks he must be ugly after reading The Ugly Duckling. He is so sad he attempts suicide by using a large axe, but Jerry saves him. Jerry tries to cheer up Quacker by dressing him up nicely, but when Quacker sees his reflection in a broken mirror, he still believes he is ugly.
Still sad, Quacker finds Tom and asks him to eat him. Tom is about to oblige when Jerry rescues him again. Quacker then tries to make himself more appetising by putting himself in a sandwich, but as Tom is about to eat him, Quacker loses his nerve and jumps out. After apologising, Quacker jumps onto Tom’s tongue, and as he slides down his throat, he is again rescued by Jerry.
Quacker next jumps into a pie and asks Tom to eat it, but Tom refuses at first. After some persuasion, Tom finally tries to eat the pie with Quacker in it, but Jerry pulls Quacker from the pie and throws it into Tom’s face.
To cheer up Quacker, Jerry gives him a make-over, using a mud face pack, a girdle and some curlers. Tom sneaks up and grabs Quacker, and runs off with him, but when he sees how horrible Quacker looks, Tom escapes by clawing through a brick wall.
Quacker is now sure that he must be really hideous, and places a paper bag over his head. As Quacker sits despondently, a passing female duck lifts up the bag, and declares him “cute”. Quacker throws the bag away, they kiss, and walk off into the sunset together.
- Red Coffey as Quacker and Female Duck.
- Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 3, Disc One
- Ben Simon (July 14, 2003). "The Art Of Tom And Jerry: Volume Two - Animated Reviews". Retrieved October 17, 2016.