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9 December 1939 (USA) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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When Squirrels Strode the Earth See more (16 total) »

Cast

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Mel Blanc ... Grandpa Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
The Hollywood Choir Boys ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Hugh Harman (uncredited)
 
Produced by
Hugh Harman .... producer
Fred Quimby .... producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Scott Bradley (uncredited)
 
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9 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #5738) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
The first short subject to receive a Parents Magazine Medal.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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Movie Connections:
Edited into Tom and Jerry Christmas Special (1987) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Silent Night, Holy NightSee more »

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11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
When Squirrels Strode the Earth, 14 November 1998
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

Back in the 1940's, men fought a cataclysmic war until all were killed, leaving the animals behind to build a peaceful society in the ruins.

This has probably the strongest impact of any cartoon I have ever seen -- taking the era in which it was made into account -- and must have been virtually without precedent in 1939. Powerful post-war rivals might include "Animal Farm", "Watership Down", or "When the Wind Blows". Or Art Spiegelman's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Maus" in the field of the graphic novel.

There are scenes here of animated warfare which are still a little grim by modern standards. Childlike innocence gets temporarily suspended. "All Quiet on the Western Front" is an immediate comparison.

As was normal in the '30's, the coming war in Europe was viewed as an extension of the Great War, so we see the technology familiar from 20 years previous -- trenches, gas masks, unturreted tanks. When Neville Chamberlain bought peace for all time from Hitler at Munich, the sort of war he had succeeded in averting was the one depicted in this film. The new World War II technology did not enter the general consciousness until the averted war got underway in Sept. 1939.

I first saw this film about a decade ago, and rediscovered it recently on a compilation video entitled "MGM Cartoon Christmas". The other cartoons on the tape, "Alias St. Nick" and "Pups' Christmas", show quite clearly what a break with convention "Peace on Earth" was at the time.

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