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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 »
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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 »
Choir mouse:And and then what?
Reverend Mouse:And then each one of them built the biggest, the most awful-est bomb ever! And while one of them was dropping the bomb over here, the other one was dropping the bomb over there.
[shows two nuclear bombs joining together and turning everything white]
Reverend Mouse:And that was the end of the last man on Earth. Everything was quiet, and kind of peaceful like. Those of us that were left gathered in the ruins of a church.
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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
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

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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