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''The Sissy Duckling'' is a children's picture book by Harvey Fierstein and illustrated by Henry Cole. It is a spin on the classic story ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling''.

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''The Sissy Duckling'' is a children's picture book by Harvey Fierstein Creator/HarveyFierstein and illustrated by Henry Cole. It is a spin on the classic story ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling''.

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* BerserkButton: Mother Duck hates when she's accused of being "overbearing" with Elmer by her husband. In the animated special, she actually punches her husband as a response to his feelings for his son.

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* InteractiveNarrator: In the animated special, the narrator is sometimes seen interacting with some of the story's characters. Notably Elmer who is frequently correcting her by saying "unique" instead of calling him "different".

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* DreamSequence: The 1999 special has a musical dream sequence set inside a black background with characters drawn in colorful outlines. We see Elmer dreaming of succeeding in school and making his mother proud as a grown duck. The song is called "Time Takes Time" which is played during the special's credits.

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* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deep, croaky adult voice for a duckling, due to being voiced by Harvey Fierstein himself.

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* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deep, croaky adult voice for a duckling, due to being voiced by [[DescendedCreator Harvey Fierstein himself.]]


* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deepy, croaky adult voice for duckling, due to being voiced by Harvey Fierstein himself.

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* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deepy, deep, croaky adult voice for a duckling, due to being voiced by Harvey Fierstein himself.


* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deepy, croaky adult voice for duckling.

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* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deepy, croaky adult voice for duckling.duckling, due to being voiced by Harvey Fierstein himself.

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* TokenMinority: The teacher Mrs. Hennypecker is the only non-duck. She's a chicken.


* FrothyMugOfWater: Averted despite being a TV-Y7 cartoon. Elmer's mom tells her hypermasculine husband to stop acting like he's in a beer commercial.

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* FrothyMugOfWater: FrothyMugsOfWater: Averted despite being a TV-Y7 cartoon. Elmer's mom tells her hypermasculine husband to stop acting like he's in a beer commercial.


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* HumanlikeAnimalAging: They age slower than real ducks, however in the span of a year the newly hatched ducks turn into teens.


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* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Drake says "It was some long journey from Miami back up here to our home", not mentioning where "our home" is.

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* TheBully: Elmer ends up bullied by several other ducklings once he starts school.
* FrothyMugOfWater: Averted despite being a TV-Y7 cartoon. Elmer's mom tells her hypermasculine husband to stop acting like he's in a beer commercial.
* FurryConfusion: An ImagineSpot musical number shows non-anthropomorphic ducks flying and sitting in water. The special also shows that [[FurryReminder anthropomorphic ducks]] fly south as well. When they're flying south, suddenly non-FunnyAnimal ducks who only quack appear. [[spoiler:Hunters, with non-anthropomorphic dogs, pop up and start shooting the birds down]].


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* MamaBear: Elmer's mother is very protective of him
* TheRunaway: Elmer run offs to try and find a place where he wouldn't be bullied after [[spoiler:his father says that he doesn't want him]].


* FurryFemaleHair: Most of the ducks, male and female, have feathers shaped like hair (usually in the same colour as their body feathers).

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* FurryFemaleHair: FurryFemaleMane: Most of the ducks, male and female, have feathers shaped like hair (usually in the same colour as their body feathers).

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''The Sissy Duckling'' is a children's picture book by Harvey Fierstein and illustrated by Henry Cole. It is a spin on the classic story ''Literature/TheUglyDuckling''.

''The Sissy Duckling'' tells the tale of a duckling named Elmer. Elmer is not like other drakes his age. He'd rather stay inside and make nests than play outside. Elmer is quite a feminine drake. His personality causes him to be teased and ostrasized by the other ducks, who call Elmer a "sissy".

The book was given an animated special by Creator/{{HBO}} in 1999.

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!!''The Sissy Duckling'' gives examples of:

* AnimatedAdaptation: ''The Sissy Duckling'' received one in 1999.
* FurryFemaleHair: Most of the ducks, male and female, have feathers shaped like hair (usually in the same colour as their body feathers).
* InTouchWithHisFeminineSide: Elmer is an effeminate duckling who likes fashion and playing with dolls.
* SimpletonVoice: Abner has such a voice.
* VocalDissonance: Elmer has a deepy, croaky adult voice for duckling.
* WhyCouldntYouBeDifferent: Everyone wants Elmer to be more masculine and extoverted than he is. His father's attempts at getting him involved in baseball flops.

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