vanishing cream

The Vanishing Duck

The Vanishing Duck is the 112th one reel animated 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. 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.


In a plot reminiscent of 1947's The Invisible Mouse, Quacker is a singing duck who has been purchased by George, 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 eating his watermelon, vanishing his tail, and kicking him out of the house, until he overhears their secret and renders himself invisible, enough to give Jerry and Quacker their comeuppance.


This is one of the rare cartoons where Tom triumphs. (Yes he does triumph because in the end he turns invisible and then gets revenge on Jerry and Quacker)

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