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The Ugly Duckling And Me! Review

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Hans Christian Anderson's tale gets the big-screen treatment.

★★★★★

Hans Christian Andersen’s story of beast becoming beauty is probably the best-known fairy tale to escape Disney’s grasp, and given the slenderness of the plot, that’s probably fair. The feather-light story - duckling’s born, bullied, realises it’s a beautiful swan, sticks up two fingers at everyone - means more is needed to fill 90 minutes, in this case a rat who tries to make the cygnet a carnival attraction.

Young children will find the easy moralising comfortingly familiar, and the CGI is fine. Still, this mediocre stab is like choosing carob over chocolate: faintly depressing and fooling nobody.

Feather light and strikingly mediocre, this is a bland effort.

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