Silly Symphony

The Mother Duck is a supporting character from Disney's 75th and final Silly Symphonies short film, The Ugly Duckling.

Role in the Film

In the film's beginning, she and her mate are anxiously awaiting the hatching of their eggs from which four beautiful baby ducks are born. Although initially overjoyed, their mood changes to shock when the final (and noticeably larger) egg hatches to reveal a loud and highly abnormal looking duckling. The birth of the Ugly Duckling provokes a fight between the two of them regarding why he was so different with both parents blaming the other for how he turned out so wrong.

As they go their separate ways, the Mother Duck takes the four normal ducklings with her down to the pond but leaves the ugly one behind, not wanting anything more to do with him. To her chagrin, she soon realizes that he followed after them and even had the gall to ride on her back as if he was one of her own. Even after throwing him overboard, the Ugly Duckling continues to chase after her until the Mother Duck's patience finally reaches its limit and she furiously snaps at him to go away and never come near her again. She then takes her ducklings and abandons him to his fate without a second thought.

Later, the Mother Duck and her young are surprised to see the Ugly Duckling swimming alongside a beautiful Swan and her cygnets; the latter of whom look exactly like him. As she realizes what he is and what he has the potential to become, the Mother Duck invites him to come back to them, but the Little Swan recognizes the reason for her change of heart, and turns his back on her as he proudly swims off with the other Swans.