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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: YourCheatingHeart and ChocolateBaby is heavily implied in an otherwise G-rated cartoon.

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* HappilyAdopted: At the end of the short, a swan family adopts the ugly duckling, saving him from despair and accepting him as one of their own without hesitation.


* InformedAttribute: The duckling isn't ugly! It looks ''different'', but it's cute!

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* InformedAttribute: The Much like the original, the duckling isn't ugly! It is treated as ugly, but while it looks ''different'', but it's cute!actually rather cute.



* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: The ugly duckling--actually a baby swan--swimming away with its new swan family, after scornfully turning away from its old duck family.

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* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: The ugly duckling--actually duckling -actually a baby swan--swimming swan- swimming away with its new swan family, after scornfully turning away from its old duck family.


* YourCheatingHeart: The angry argument between mama and papa duck that strongly implies the father thinks the mother cheated on him and produced a ChocolateBaby.

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* YourCheatingHeart: The angry argument between mama and papa duck that strongly implies the father thinks the mother cheated on him and produced a ChocolateBaby.


* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The angry argument between mama and papa duck that strongly implies the father thinks the mother cheated on him and produced a ChocolateBaby.



* RiddleForTheAges: How did a swan's egg get in a duck's nest? (The original fairy tale didn't explain this either.)

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* RiddleForTheAges: How did a swan's egg get in a duck's nest? (The original fairy tale didn't explain this either.))
* YourCheatingHeart: The angry argument between mama and papa duck that strongly implies the father thinks the mother cheated on him and produced a ChocolateBaby.

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* CirclingBirdies: Actually stars. The ugly ducking sees this after cuddling up to a bobbing toy duck that the ugly duckling thinks is real. The bobbing duck bobs down and whacks the ugly duckling on the head.

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* CirclingBirdies: Actually stars. The ugly ducking sees this after cuddling up to a bobbing toy duck decoy that the ugly duckling thinks is real. The bobbing duck bobs down and whacks the ugly duckling on the head.head.
* CompanionCube: The ugly duckling finds a duck decoy and thinks it's real. At first he's happy that it appears to accept him and let him jump on its back, but as the decoy bobs back and forth, it appears to attack the ugly duckling and then reject him by turning away.


* ChocolateBaby: The parents see the ugly duckling, which quite obviously doesn't match the others. The father duck gets angry and points and squawks at the mama duck. The mama duck gets defensive and angry and quacks back at him. The father duck stalks off, never to be seen again. The clear implication is this trope.

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* AbusiveParents: The mother duck treats the ugly duckling cruelly.
* ChocolateBaby: The parents see the ugly duckling, which quite obviously doesn't match the others. The father duck gets angry and points and squawks at the mama duck. The mama duck gets defensive and angry and quacks back at eventually slaps him. The father duck stalks off, never to be seen again. The clear implication is this trope.


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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: The angry argument between mama and papa duck that strongly implies the father thinks the mother cheated on him and produced a ChocolateBaby.


It is of course an adaptation of "Literature/TheUglyDuckling" by Creator/HansChristianAnderson. A mama duck hatches five eggs, resulting in four cute little yellow ducklings, and one duckling that looks--different. It's white, with a big beak, and it honks noisily rather than go cheep-cheep like the cute ducklings. The father stalks away in a rage. The mother and the other ducklings shun the Ugly Duckling, which eventually wanders away from its family, looking for a place to belong.

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It is of course an adaptation of "Literature/TheUglyDuckling" by Creator/HansChristianAnderson.Creator/HansChristianAndersen. A mama duck hatches five eggs, resulting in four cute little yellow ducklings, and one duckling that looks--different. It's white, with a big beak, and it honks noisily rather than go cheep-cheep like the cute ducklings. The father stalks away in a rage. The mother and the other ducklings shun the Ugly Duckling, which eventually wanders away from its family, looking for a place to belong.


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* TheRemake: The second Silly Symphonies short to tell this story; it was previously made in black and white as "The Ugly Duckling" in 1931.

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''The Ugly Duckling'' is a 1939 animated short film (nine minutes), from Disney, directed by Jack Cutting. It was the last installment in the WesternAnimation/SillySymphonies series that ran from 1929 to 1939.

It is of course an adaptation of "Literature/TheUglyDuckling" by Creator/HansChristianAnderson. A mama duck hatches five eggs, resulting in four cute little yellow ducklings, and one duckling that looks--different. It's white, with a big beak, and it honks noisily rather than go cheep-cheep like the cute ducklings. The father stalks away in a rage. The mother and the other ducklings shun the Ugly Duckling, which eventually wanders away from its family, looking for a place to belong.

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* ChocolateBaby: The parents see the ugly duckling, which quite obviously doesn't match the others. The father duck gets angry and points and squawks at the mama duck. The mama duck gets defensive and angry and quacks back at him. The father duck stalks off, never to be seen again. The clear implication is this trope.
* CirclingBirdies: Actually stars. The ugly ducking sees this after cuddling up to a bobbing toy duck that the ugly duckling thinks is real. The bobbing duck bobs down and whacks the ugly duckling on the head.
* InformedAttribute: The duckling isn't ugly! It looks ''different'', but it's cute!
* MimeAndMusicOnlyCartoon: Nothing but birds quacking and chirping.
* OffIntoTheDistanceEnding: The ugly duckling--actually a baby swan--swimming away with its new swan family, after scornfully turning away from its old duck family.
* PanickyExpectantFather: Opens with the father nervously pacing and squawking and pestering the mother for updates.
* RiddleForTheAges: How did a swan's egg get in a duck's nest? (The original fairy tale didn't explain this either.)

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