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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|
|Release date(s)||November 13, 1954|
|Preceded by||Neapolitan Mouse|
|Followed by||Pet Peeve|
Downhearted Duckling is a 1954 one reel animated cartoon. It was the 87th Tom and Jerry cartoon released, 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 inconsolable, because he thinks he must be ugly after reading The Ugly Duckling and noticing the duck in the picture looks like him. He's so sad as he attempts suicide by using a large axe, but Jerry saves him. Jerry tries to make Quacker smile by dressing him up nicely, but when Quacker sees his reflection in a broken mirror, he still believes is ugly and cries even harder.
Despaired, Quacker finds Tom and asks him to eat him. Tom is about to oblige when Jerry rescues him again. Quacker tries to make himself more appetizing by putting himself in a sandwich, but as Tom is about to eat him, Quacker loses his nerve and jumps out. After apologizing, 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, despite the demotivated Quacker claims that its no use. Tom sneaks up and grabs Quacker, and runs off with him, but when he sees how horrible Quacker looks, Tom, terrified, tries to escape by clawing through a brick wall, making Quacker realize how ugly he looks.
Quacker is now sure that he must be really hideous, and places a paper bag over his head so that nobody can see his face again. As Quacker sits despondently, a passing female duckling lifts up the bag, and declares him to be “cute”. Quacker throws the bag away, they kiss, and walk off into the sunset together.
- Red Coffey as Quacker and Female Duck.
- Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
- Animation: Irven Spence, Ray Patterson, Kenneth Muse and Ed Barge
- Backgrounds: Robert Gentle
- Music: Scott Bradley
- Produced by Fred Quimby
- 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.