The Mother Swan is a minor character of Disney's 75th and final Silly Symphonies short film, The Ugly Duckling.

Role in the Film

Appearing toward the film's end, she and her children were out for a swim when they overheard someone crying nearby. The sound led them to a lone little cygnet who mistakenly believed himself to be a duckling due to being hatched in a duck's nest. Because he was so different from their other ducklings, the ducks had cast him out of their family and his failure to find acceptance anywhere else because of his "ugliness" had crushed his hope of ever being loved. After her cygnets introduced themselves and convinced him to come and play, she invited the Ugly Duckling to go with them but his fear of further rejection made him hesitant to even approach her. Not to be deterred, the Mother Swan pulled him close despite his initial resistance and lovingly embraced him to prove that she didn't consider him ugly at all. As the short ended, she was last seen leading him and her other cygnets home. It was never specified in the film if she was his real mother who somehow lost the egg or an adoptive mother.