Downhearted Duckling
Studio: MGM Release Date : November 13, 1954 Series: Tom and Jerry (II)

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Synopsis

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Characters

Tom (II)
Little Quacker
(Voice: Red Coffey)
Jerry (II)

Credits

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Director

William Denby "Bill" Hanna
Joseph Roland "Joe" Barbera

Animator

Irvin "Irv" Spence
Ray Patterson
Kenneth "Ken" Muse
Ed Barge

Music

Scott Bradley (unverified)

Backgrounds

Robert Gentle

Producer

Fred Quimby


Distributor(s)

MGM

Laserdisc (CLV)

United States

The Art of Tom & Jerry: Volume II

DVD

United States

Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Volume 3

Technical Specifications

Production No.: 283
MPAA No.: 16691
Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Color Type: Technicolor
Negative Type: 35mm
Original Country: United States
Original Language: English
Print Type: 35mm
Sound Type: Mono: Western Electric Sound System

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From Gnik_LJN :

It's probably my favorite among the several T&J cartoons with Quacker in them. Usually these cartoons a premise about the duckling being stubborn or hyper enthusiastic about something, while Jerry has to set him straight while the hungry Tom is never too far behind. This short makes the premise darkly comedic by driving Quacker, who believes he is the "Ugly Duckling" in a storybook, to the brink of suicide. So this time Quacker doesn't unwittingly get into danger, he deliberately attempts to end his own life, which, per Tom and Jerry standard, means a lot more potential for violence, even though the actual physical harm is minimal here. Jerry's help by cosmetic means also backfires a bit, first with Quacker seeing himself in distorted reflections, and a BRILLIANT final pay-off to Tom based on how certain people actually found makeup sessions to be like. That's why I really find joy in this particular short.
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