The Ugly Ducking and Me (3 stars)

The Ugly Ducking and Me


Developed from a popular Danish TV series, The Ugly Duckling and Me is the familiar Hans Christian Andersen story with a suburban twist. Ratso is an average Disney-style, self-centred rat who dreams of going into showbiz.

I know you’ll be saying: ‘But this is the Ugly Duckling not the Showbiz Rat,’ but this isn’t the exact story. The duckling is born when Ratso falls into the nest from a train. Both of them grow up over the film, but in different ways.

Ratso realises Ugly has an accidental talent for making people laugh and takes him to the carnival. They meet a female mallard called Jessie and bring her with them. When they’re doing the show, Ratso’s worst enemy captures Ugly.

It’s got the same story, but it’s got that typical Disney essence: the kind of immature comedy that you don’t really understand. Coming from a ten-year-old, that’s rich, but I only laughed at one bit and I don’t think that was meant to be funny.

It’s the kind of story that you would think Pixar would be animating but it is some Danish company. Compared with Ratatouille, the rat’s fur does not stick up so much. Overall, the animation is not great, but the story is OK. (Archie Fisher, aged 10)

General release from Fri 8 Feb.

The Ugly Duckling and Me!

  • 3 stars
  • 2007
  • France / UK / Denmark / Ireland / Germany
  • 1h 28min
  • U
  • Directed by: Michael Hegner/Karsten Kiilerich
  • Cast: Kim Larney, Paul Tylack, Anna Olson

Quirky Danish animated adaptation of the popular Hans Christian Andersen story. Fun but visually disappointing and lacking the humour and innovation of the comparable 'Ratatouille'.