Southbound Duckling

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Southbound Duckling
Tom and Jerry series
Southbound Duckling Title.JPG
The title card of Southbound Duckling
Directed by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Produced by Fred Quimby
Story by William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices by Red Coffee
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by Kenneth Muse
Ed Barge
Irven Spence
Layouts by Richard Bickenbach
Backgrounds by Vera Ohman
Studio MGM Cartoons
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • March 12, 1955 (1955-03-12)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:15
Language English
Preceded by Touché, Pussy Cat!
Followed by Pup on a Picnic

Southbound Duckling is the 90th one reel animated Tom and Jerry short. Released to theaters by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1955, it was directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge and Irven Spence with backgrounds by Vera Ohman and layouts by Richard Bickenbach.

This short is one of the select few in which Tom emerges victorious over Jerry.


Quacker, convinced that all ducks fly South for the winter, packs his suitcase, visits Jerry to tell him about his migration plans, and tries to leave, but the mouse stops him, showing Quacker a book on ducks to convince him that only wild ducks fly south, and domestic (or farm) ducks like Quacker do not. Quacker, unconvinced, leaves, but quickly becomes out of breath running, and Jerry again shows his friend the book. Quacker refuses to give up, using a catapult, but flies straight into Tom's mouth.

Jerry pulls Quacker into a tree to evade Tom, who aims to capture Quacker for a duck recipe. Quacker then places himself onto a seesaw and uses an anvil to launch himself into the air, but he struggles and lands into a frying pan Tom sticks out of the window. Tom covers Quacker with egg and flour, but Jerry grabs Quacker with a spatula and pulls him towards his hole. The duck crashes into the wall, but Jerry hits Tom's hand with the spatula to recover him. Quacker then rides a rocket into the distance, but Tom swallows the rocket instead, and the cat rockets into a pond.

Quacker, after much pleading, forces Jerry to keep helping him. The mouse inflates a balloon and the duck boards it, sending Quacker floating into the air, but Tom, with a shotgun, shoots the balloon. Tom tries to catch the duck with a net, but Jerry cuts the net. Carrying Quacker, the mouse and duck escape and board a plane to Miami, Florida, but Tom follows, clinging onto the plane's wheel. Quacker and Jerry finally sunbathe on a Miami beach, "glad" to be rid of Tom. However, Tom then appears, having been already hiding under the sand at their beach, and traps the duo under a bucket. The short ends with Quacker screaming helplessly from beneath the bucket as Tom pulls down a parasol to hide himself, snickering in victory and "The End" appears on it.



  • Directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
  • Animation: Kenneth Muse, Ed Barge, Irven Spence
  • Layout: Richard Bickenbach
  • Backgrounds: Vera Ohman
  • Music: Scott Bradley
  • Produced by Fred Quimby





  1. ^ Ben Simon (July 14, 2003). "The Art Of Tom And Jerry: Volume Two - Animated Reviews". Retrieved October 17, 2016.

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