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The Vanishing Duck

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Directed By
Produced by
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Story By
William Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Music By
Animation By
Distributed By
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release Date
May 2, 1958
Color Process
Technicolor
CinemaScope
Perspecta
Preceded By
Followed By

The Vanishing Duck is the 112th one Tom and Jerry short, created in 1957, directed and produced by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera with music by Scott Bradley. The cartoon was animated by Lewis Marshall, Kenneth Muse, Carlo Vinci and James Escalante, with backgrounds by Robert Gentle and layouts by Richard Bickenbach. Red Coffey, June Foray and George O'Hanlon provided the voices for this film. It was released on May 2, 1958 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and marks the final appearance of Quacker, who appeared in seven previous Tom and Jerry shorts. As such, The Vanishing Duck is the antepenultimate Tom and Jerry short of the Hanna and Barbera era. O'Hanlon would go on to star as the voice of George Jetson on the ABC-TV animated series, The Jetsons', also produced by Hanna-Barbera, four years later.

Plot

In a plot reminiscent of 1947's The Invisible Mouse, Quacker is a singing duck whom George bought for Joan. After nearly being swallowed alive by Tom when George and Joan are out at dinner, Quacker escapes to Jerry's mouse hole, where the two become friends. When Tom catches Quacker, Jerry trips Tom up with some extension cord, causing Tom to lose his grip on Quacker, sending him straight into a tub of vanishing cream. An invisible Quacker is able to come to Jerry's rescue, where he shows him the secret of the vanishing cream. Thus invisible, the two gleefully torment and bamboozle poor Tom by teaching him a lesson as they eat his watermelon, vanish and seemingly cut half of his tail off with a pair of scissors, and leave him with a short tail, and force him to eat aspirin, and kick him out of the house, until he overhears their secret and renders himself invisible, and finally when Jerry and the duck think Tom is gone, he hits them both with a coal shovel, enough to give Jerry and Quacker their defeat and comeuppance.

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