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Release Date:
23 December 1955 (USA) See more »
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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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Directed by
Joseph Barbera 
William Hanna 
 
Produced by
Joseph Barbera .... producer
William Hanna .... producer
Fred Quimby .... producer
 
Original Music by
Scott Bradley (music)
 
Animation Department
Ed Barge .... animator
Richard Bickenbach .... layout (as Dick Bickenbach)
Don Driscoll .... backgrounds
Robert Gentle .... backgrounds
Lewis Marshall .... animator
Kenneth Muse .... animator
Irven Spence .... animator (as Irvin Spence)
Reuben Timmins .... animator
 
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Runtime:
8 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #17540) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
Choir:[singing] Hark the herald angels sing, glory to the Lord our King. Peace on Earth, goodwill to men, peace on earth shall reign again. Joyful all ye creatures be, ye at last the world did free, to the world He did restore, peace on Earth forevermore. Hark our praise we sing again, peace on Earth goodwill to men. Joyful all ye creatures sing, glory to the Lord our King. Hark our praise we sing again, peace on Earth goodwill to men.See more »
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Remake of Peace on Earth (1939)See more »
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Do We Ever Learn?, 17 December 2007
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

This Hanna-Barbera cartoon certainly is different from the norm. Seeing mice in the opening, I wondered if this was another Tom and Jerry-type cartoon.....but it is anything but that! This is a serious cartoon with a serious message. It's also a message no one could argue with, and a good one to watch at Christmas, since that's pictured during the cartoon.

It's an anti-war cartoon, and a pro-Bible one, too, as it turns out, rhetorically making us question whether we have learned valuable advice that has been told to us for centuries. We say we do, but do we "practice what we preach," as this film asks?

This is depicting some time in the future when there are no more humans left in the world. The mice in this choir are singing the Christmas tune, "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" when the head mouse explains to the little ones the story of man, and why their are none around anymore. It ends with a nice tribute to the Bible and to men ignoring what it says in there, hence, not treating neighbors as they should led to their downfall.

It's a shocking cartoon in spots, showing the devastating effects of war and, in particular, weapons of mass destruction. No one has mentioned here, but the visuals are stunning; just beautifully drawn and looking great in CinemaScope.

This was a bonus feature, a "restored" cartoon I assume, that was on the "It's Always Fair Weather" disc. It is certainly worth checking out. Don't miss it.

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