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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.

Director:

Hugh Harman (uncredited)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Baby Squirrel (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Grandpa Squirrel (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Baby Squirrel (uncredited)
The Hollywood Choir Boys 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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Genres:

Animation | Short | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Both this short and its remake Good Will to Men (1955) were nominated for the Best Short Subjects Oscar. See more »

Quotes

Grandpa Squirrel: I asked, "What does that mean, Mr. Owl?" and Mr. Owl says, "Thou shalt not kill... hmm, looks like a mighty good book of rules, but I guess them men didn't pay much attention to it."
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Hark! the Herald Angels Sing
(1856)
Hymn by Charles Wesley (1730)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn (1840)
Sung by studio chorus
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User Reviews

 
Hugh Harman grows up
29 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Know Hugh Harman more for his cartoons that have a cute approach with a lot of sentiment. There have been times where this approach has been done sweetly and charmingly, there have also been other times where it can be too cutesy and cloying. My review summary is in no way a derogatory knock against Harman, far from it. It is alluding to that 'Peace on Earth' is a Harman cartoon that is darker and grimmer to usual. A more mature Harman cartoon and it's good, great even.

'Peace on Earth' is not what one would call subtle, there is a very important, admirable and powerful message that certainly makes its point and at times in too thick a way perhaps. It is though a message cartoon, meaning that there was always a trap of it being on the preachy side.

Regardless, 'Peace on Earth' makes a big emotional impact. It packs a very poignant punch and really makes one think about what it's trying to say. The beginning and end scenes are cute but not too sentimental, while the darker content in between provokes thought and moves. Story-wise, it's simple but this is a good thing, making the cartoon easier to understand and resonate with.

The characters carry the cartoon beautifully, they look adorable in appearance but show stronger personalities than one would expect. Mel Blanc voices beautifully, this is a less manic Blanc than in his Looney Tunes oeuvre, something that was a perfect fit and the right one.

Animation is rich in detail for design and backgrounds, vibrant in colour and crisp. Composer for the prime-era 'Tom and Jerry' cartoons and regular Tex Avery composer Scott Bradley provides a lush and atmospheric music score.

Overall, great cartoon, as well as being perhaps Harman's most mature cartoon it's one of his best. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 December 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Friede auf Erden See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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