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Peace on Earth (1939)

Two baby squirrels ask grandpa to explain what "men" are when he comes in singing "peace on earth, goodwill to men". Grandpa tells the story of man's last war.

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
... Grandpa Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
The Hollywood Choir Boys ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

A baby squirrel asks his grandfather to tell him what happened to all the men. The old squirrel reveals that all the humans were killed years ago in a terrible war. The surviving animals started a new society, based on the lessons taught in the Bible. Written by Mike Konczewski

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Animation | Short | Drama

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9 December 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Friede auf Erden  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Several of the animators who worked on this anti-war cartoon were veterans of World War One, and had experienced combat similar to that depicted in the film. In a darkly ironic note, they would be working on wartime propaganda cartoons two years later. See more »

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Grandpa Squirrel: Good will to men, yes, good will to men.
Baby Squirrel 1: What are men, Grandpa?
Baby Squirrel 2: Yeah, Grandpa, what are men?
Grandpa Squirrel: Huh? What's that?... Well there ain't no men in the world no more, sonnys... nope, no more men. But as I remember the critters, well they was like monsters. They wore great big iron pots on their heads. They walked on their hind legs, and they carried terrible-looking shootin' irons with knives on the end of them. And their eyes flashed, and they had these tremendous big snoots, like this, that curled ...
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Connections

Edited into Tom and Jerry Christmas Special (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night, Holy Night
(1818)
Music by Franz Gruber
Lyrics by Joseph Mohr
English lyrics anonymous
Sung by studio chorus
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A Haunting Wake Up Call
26 March 2018 | by See all my reviews

Review Date 3/26/2018

I Have Reviewed OVER 400 Christmas MOVIES. On all Christmas movies BEWARE OF FAKE REVIEWS & REVIEWERS. Many reviewers have only have ONE REVIEW. When it's a POSITIVE REVIEW chances are that the reviewer was involved with the production. If its a negative review then they may have a huge grudge against the film for whatever reason. I am fare about these films.

I review them is to keep track of what "I have seen". Two young squirrels ask their grandfather (voiced by Mel Blanc) on Christmas Eve who the "men" are in the lyric "Peace on Earth, good will to men." The grandfather squirrel then tells them a history of the human race, focusing on the never-ending wars men waged. Ultimately the wars do end, with the deaths of the last men on Earth, two soldiers shooting each other, one shoots the other soldier and the injured soldier kills the last, but slowly dies as he sinks into a watery foxhole while his hand grasps into the water. Afterwards, the surviving animals discover a copy of an implied Bible in the ruins of a church. Inspired by the book's teachings, they decide to rebuild a society dedicated to peace and non-violence (using the helmets of the soldiers to construct houses). The cartoon features an original song written to the tune of "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing."

Very well made with a message that is not hidden but a message children can understand. A Must See. For a short cartoon it leaves an impact!


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