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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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Grandpa Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
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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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Several of the animators who worked on this anti-war cartoon were veterans of World War One, and had experienced combat similar to that depicted in the film. In a darkly ironic note, they would be working on wartime propaganda cartoons two years later. 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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A Beautiful Page of History
22 September 2000 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

The States had not yet entered World War II. England and France had just declared war on Germany. While the US strove to remain neutral, Hitler invaded Poland and already took Austria. We were standing on the brink.

This short is a wonderful reflection of that time. Two baby squirrels listen to their grandfather as he sings "Peace on Earth, good will to men" and ask what "man" is. Grandfather explains about the race of man and how their violent and ugly ways destroyed them. The visuals and images are startling and poignant. It shows a war in the 30s & 40s and still touches a person watching it today. It's a brilliant commentary on the world and humanity. Presented through the eyes of animals, it is an amazing cartoon. Cartoon shows used to show it infrequently when I was growing up, but in the "politically correct" times we live in now, it has disappeared. Don't miss the opportunity to see it if you can.


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