The Duck Doctor
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|The Duck Doctor|
|Tom and Jerry series|
|Directed by||William Hanna
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna
|Voices by||Red Coffee|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Irven Spence
|Release date(s)||February 16, 1952|
|Preceded by||The Flying Cat|
|Followed by||The Two Mouseketeers|
The Duck Doctor is a 1952 one-reel animated cartoon and is the 64th Tom and Jerry cartoon directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It stars a Quacker as a wild duck, rather than a farm duck.
A flock of wild ducks are flying west, but Tom, with a shotgun, fires several shots at them and shoots a duckling in the wing. The duckling cries out in pain and slowly spins out of the sky. The duckling slides across the ground and is knocked out after tripping over a rock. Jerry, terrified to see the duckling laying lifelessly, hides it in the hole of a tree. Jerry splashes the wild duckling with a bucket of water and the duckling wakes up. Jerry makes a makeshift sling for the duckling's arm.
Jerry shushes the duckling as he can see Tom outside. The wild ducks flying in the sky are heard quacking again, much to Tom's delight. This sound also attracts the duckling who tries to rejoin its family flock. The duckling knocks Tom over, but cannot get off the ground and Tom starts to shoot at it. Tom corners the duckling, but Jerry sticks a reed into Tom's gun to make the bullet backfire and hit Tom.
Jerry carries the duckling back to his hole, but the duckling hears the ducks again and runs out. Tom shoots the duckling's rear, but Jerry patches him up. Tom uses a duck caller to flush the duckling out of hiding. Jerry tries to cover the door, but the duckling mows over him. Tom pins the gun to the duckling's head, but the duckling barely dodges the bullet. Tom follows the wild duckling into a tree stump, and fires a shot into the stump, hitting the duckling again. Tom then pursues the duckling again, but accidentally shoots a pig, which leaps high into the air and flattens Tom.
Jerry pulls the duckling into a hole, patches him up again and ties an anvil around the duckling's waist to prevent him escaping. Tom uses his caller again, but the duckling steamrolls Tom with the anvil. Tom pursues the duckling, but the duckling grips onto a tree, making the anvil swing around and hit Tom, shaping Tom into a stool.
The duckling then gets stuck when the anvil gets caught between two trees. Tom tries to take advantage, but the anvil bursts free and smashes into Tom, sending Tom flying backwards into a water pump. The duckling then succeeds in getting in the air, but is held down by the weight of the anvil. Tom shoots at it, but instead breaks the rope, and the anvil plummets towards Tom. Tom digs his own grave as the anvil squishes him and makes him fall into the grave. The duckling then shakes off the bandages and flies away with the wild ducks, bidding farewell to Jerry.
- Red Coffee as The Duckling
Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 3, Disc One