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Peace on Earth (1939)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | Drama  -  9 December 1939 (USA)
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Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »
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Grandpa Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A baby squirrel asks his grandfather to tell him what happened to all the men. The old squirrel reveals that all the humans were killed years ago in a terrible war. The surviving animals started a new society, based on the lessons taught in the Bible. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Animation | Short | Drama | War

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9 December 1939 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This short film is available as a bonus on the Warner DVD of A Christmas Carol (1938). See more »

Quotes

Grandpa Squirrel: It was awful. It was terrible. Why, they fought and they fought and they fought, until... until there was only two of them left.
[each soldier shoots the other and goes down]
Grandpa Squirrel: And that was the end of the last man on Earth.
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Remade as Good Will to Men (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics anonymous
Sung by studio chorus
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More than sixty years old, but still packs a punch
26 February 2001 | by (Tucson AZ) – See all my reviews

This cartoon is one of the finest produced by MGM and hasn't really lost it's impact even after sixty years. Given that the shadows of WWII lurked during its preparation, the thoughts of those involved in its preparation are fairly obvious. Although I understand why The Ugly Duckling won the Oscar (it's a beautifully crafted short and deserved recognition), I wish that this one had won or at least tied. MGM did a reprise on this one in the 1950s called, "Good Will To Men" that was good and well worth seeing, but this one is better. The Cartoon Network runs this one and it's also in print. Well worth your time. Early use of roto-scoping (live footage fimed and then animated) is excellent. Profoundly recommended. Anyone who argues animation isn't an art-form should see this!


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