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Film - Animated

  • Lilo & Stitch: Lilo owns a copy of the book, and she shows Stitch how the duckling was all alone until found his family, symbolizing how she accepts Stitch for who he is.

Film - Live-Action

  • In The Black Stork, the deformed Leffingwell Jr. shows his mother a copy of the book, apparently relating to the title character.

Western Animation

  • Rocky and Bullwinkle: In a Fractured Fairy Tales spoof of he story, the Ugly Duckling tries to become a movie star, but turned down by every producer in spite of his acing ability, prompting him to get a facelift.
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  • The Simpsons: In a flashback from "Lisa's Sax", Bart's kindergarten teacher is shown finishing reading The Ugly Ducking and delivers the moral "There's hope for everyone."
    Bart: Even me?
    Teacher: No!
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