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|Directed by||William Hanna|
|Produced by||Fred Quimby|
|Story by||William Hanna|
|Starring||Red Coffey (uncredited)|
|Music by||Scott Bradley|
|Animation by||Irven Spence|
Little Quacker is a 1950 American one-reel animated cartoon and is the 47th Tom and Jerry short directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera and produced by Fred Quimby. It is the first Tom and Jerry short to be released in the 1950s. Little Quacker marks the debut of the eponymous character, Quacker the duckling who would go on to appear in seven more shorts, making him one of the more enduring supporting characters in the Tom and Jerry cartoon series. The voice of Quacker and his parents (who make their only speaking appearance in this cartoon), along with a single WAH WAH! line by Tom, was supplied by (uncredited) Red Coffee; Coffee's rendition of Quacker's voice was mostly an impersonation of Disney's Donald Duck as performed by Clarence Nash.
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On a farm, a mama duck goes out for a swim, leaving behind an egg in her nest. Tom hides in the tall grass nearby and snatches the egg once mama duck is out of sight. He rushes back to the kitchen and cracks the egg over a frying pan, but instead of the albumen and yolk, Quacker the duckling appears. Not to be put off, Tom decides that he will cook roasted duck instead.
Tom feeds Quacker on plenty of bread to fatten him up, and then attempts to use a meat cleaver on him. Quacker avoids the meat cleaver, which slices through the remaining loaf of bread, and escapes to Jerry's mouse hole and informs a confused Jerry of Tom's actions. Jerry peers out from his mouse hole cautiously, but Tom quickly strikes with his meat cleaver. Quacker pulls Jerry's legs, thinking at first that the mouse has been decapitated but eventually realizing the cat has only caught Jerry's whiskers. Once free, Jerry pulls Tom's tail through a wall socket and out of the hole, causing Tom to reflexively hack the meat cleaver onto his own tail. Tom screams in pain as Jerry and Quacker escape the hole.
The chase continues outside where Jerry and Quacker pry up a floor plank, which Tom crashes into. Tom takes another swing at them, but cuts down a support post causing the roof to collapse on top of him. Jerry hides in the base of a wooden pole, where Tom starts hacking away with his cleaver. Quacker uses an axe to cut down the pole, which falls towards Tom. Tom starts running, but is struck by the very top of the pole and hammered into the ground. Jerry helps Quacker search for his mother, while Tom uses a duck call to lure Quacker. Jerry is clued in as to what is happening, and replaces the duck caller with a stick of dynamite which blows up in the Tom’s face. Tom chases them into the hollow of a tree with a double-barreled shotgun. He thrusts the rifle in, but the barrel bends around through another hole directly towards his rear end, which he accidentally fires at. Jerry and Quacker flee and hide in a tire. Tom grabs a sledgehammer from the ground and tries to smack them, but the tire causes the sledgehammer to bounce back and smack him right in the face. Entranced, Tom gently places the hammer on the ground and falls down. Jerry and Quacker escape as Tom awakens from the trance, grabbing a push mower and chasing after them.
Meanwhile, the mama duck is searching for her baby when Tom runs the push mower over her front feathers, revealing her undergarments. She covers them with a look of shock and embarrassment on her face, as mother and baby are reunited. Tom grabs Quacker from her, but she angrily grabs her baby back from him. After Quacker tells his mother what Tom has been doing to him, she demands an explanation from Tom saying, "He did?". But Tom's only answer is scornful mimicry of her quacking (It is presumed by some that that is his way of replying, "I did!" or "What are you gonna do about it?"). The enraged mother calls her mate, Henry, an enormous duck tattooed like a sailor and strong as an ox. The mother duck tells him what Tom attempted to do to their son and how he ran over her with the push mower, ending indignantly with "And he got smart, too!". Henry is now infuriated as he glares at Tom and says, "He did?". An intimidated Tom, now realizing that he has been put into serious trouble, flees for his life as the infuriated drake gives chase. Too panicked to look where he is going, Tom slams into a tree, which enables Henry to run the lawnmover continuously up and down the cat's back, giving him lots of painful cuts as a punishment for his actions against both wife and son.
In the last scene, Quacker and his mother are swimming in the pond with her towing Jerry Mouse on a little raft. Jerry uses a duck caller to sound like mama and baby (but just sounds like a muted trombone instead), then the two friends face each other and smile.
- Tom and Jerry's Greatest Chases, Vol. 4
- Tom and Jerry Spotlight Collection Vol. 2, Disc Two