Winter. A duck struggles mightily, and finally hatches her eggs in the bitter cold, after candling them and seeing the chicks skiing, skating, and otherwise enjoying winter inside the shells. All but one, that is: poor little Robespierre. She doesn't notice until after the rest of the brood has gone swimming and Robespierre has sprouted legs and run off in search of warmth. He finds it, under a hibernating bear ("So I laid an egg"), but a wolf (resembling the wolf as seen in "I Got Plenty of Mutton", also directed by Tashlin earlier in 1944) has followed him in and snatches the egg, with some help from a stick of TNT. What the wolf hasn't counted on is mama, who's right behind him, with a couple of eye-poking fingers at the ready. The wolf swaps a doorknob for the egg, and starts boiling the egg, but mama arrives in the nick of time only to be rejected by the baby, who was just getting warm.
The restored version on LTGC Volume 4 had an error with the Blue Ribbon opening; It had a cut-short 1941-1945 Merrie Melodies opening music instead of the correct 1945-1955 Merrie Melodies opening music over the Blue Ribbon opening titles.
Unlike the USA Turner dubbed 1995 version which kept the original 1941-1955 MM ending music (the slightly distorted variant as heard in the ending of The Wacky Wabbit), the European Turner dubbed 1995 version has the generic 1941-1955 MM ending music replacing the original ending music cue.