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Good Will to Men (1955)

Passed  -  Animation | Short | War  -  23 December 1955 (USA)
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A group of young mice is in the ruins of a church, practicing singing for an upcoming service. After singing an adulterated version of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing," the mice wonder about the last line, "Good will to men." One of them asks the chorus master, an old mouse, "What are men?" The old mouse explains that they all killed each other off by building bigger and more destructive weapons, first guns, then missiles, then bombs. Written by David Glagovsky <dglagovsky@prodigy.net>

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The first cartoon since War Dogs (1943) by the team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera starring characters other than "Tom and Jerry." See more »

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Reverend Mouse: Peace on earth was a great idea, too bad they didn't practice what they preached.
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Remake of Peace on Earth (1939) See more »

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Written by Daniel Butterfield
Performed offscreen by an unidentified bugler at the graveyard scene
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The Citizen Kane of cartoon shorts.
13 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched this cartoon when I was 10 years old. I would rate this film as one of the greatest short cartoons ever made. It was the only animated short ever nominated for the Nobel Peace prize.

Originally it was titled "Good Will to Men". Probably one of the most effective pieces of cartoon ever made. Since it was created in 1939, it is a nice contrast to the Pro-War propaganda films of the same era.

I would rate this "short" as being on par with such classics as "one froggy evening" for its historical significance.

This newer version was released in 1955 and was nominated for the Best Short Subjects Oscar.


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