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23 December 1955 (USA) See more »
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 »
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 .... animation
Richard Bickenbach .... layout (as Dick Bickenbach)
Don Driscoll .... backgrounds
Robert Gentle .... backgrounds
Lewis Marshall .... animation
Kenneth Muse .... animation
Irven Spence .... animation (as Irvin Spence)
Reuben Timmins .... animation
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Additional Details

8 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:Approved (PCA #17540) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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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 »
Reverend Mouse:I was just a little shaver at the time and I asked the wise old owl what that book was he was reading. 'Well' he says, 'looks like a book of rules that belonged to them men. Thou shalt not kill. Love thy neighbor as thyself... hmmm, looks like some pretty good rules, but I guess them men didn't pay much attention to it'. Yes it was a good book of rules, and it still is a good book of rules. Love thy neighbor as thyself. On these words depend the future of us all.See more »
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6 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
The Citizen Kane of cartoon shorts., 13 May 2006
Author: burnthis-1 from United States

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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