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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 ... See full summary »

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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 <>

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23 December 1955 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)



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The first cartoon since The Midnight Snack (1941) by the team of William Hanna and Joseph Barbera starring characters other than "Tom and Jerry." See more »


Reverend Mouse: It seemed like the idea was to see which side could kill the most. They built the bombs bigger and bigger, pretty soon they were blowing up whole cities!
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Remake of Peace on Earth (1939) See more »


(1862) (uncredited)
Written by Daniel Butterfield
Performed offscreen by an unidentified bugler at the graveyard scene
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Can a film actually make me WANT to see everyone get nuked? In the case of "Good Will to Men", perhaps!
5 February 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This animated film is proof that the team of Hanna-Barbera could produce films with decent frame-rates and nice animation. This is because before they left MGM, the team was responsible for some wonderfully animated Tom & Jerry cartoons. Then, when the studio shut down its animation department (farming the work out to, of all places, Czechoslovakia), the two needed work and could not afford to make better cartoons. So, instead of the usual 24 frames per second, they produced what looked like slide-shots because so few cells were used and many were repeated. So, animation quality-wise, "Good Will to Men" was nice--not as nice as the best of Hanna-Barbera from the late 40s--but close.

As for the story, well, that's a different story. Some may love its risky anti-nuclear message--as the animals recount how mankind wiped itself out with all of their wars. And, for historical reasons, it is an interesting curio from the Cold War. But, it's also INCREDIBLY preachy. On a preachiness scale from 1 to 10, I'd give this one a 47. It is SO preachy about world peace that it actually made me cringe. Nicely animated but awful.

Please note that most reviewers adored it--one calling it 'the Citizen Kane of cartoon shorts', though at least bigtommyboy agreed with me...for what it's worth. It could just be that I am just too cynical for my own good.

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