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“Peace on Earth” and “Good Will to Men” (cartoons anyone?)

I just came across these great cartoons. The first one was called “Peace on Earth”. According to Wikipedia:

“Peace on Earth is a 1939 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer cartoon short subject directed by Hugh Harman, about a post-apocalyptic world populated only by animals.

Two young squirrels ask their grandfather on Christmas Eve who the “men” are in the lyric “Peace on Earth, good will to men.” The grandfather squirrel then tells them a rotoscoped history of the human race, focusing on the neverending wars men waged. Ultimately the wars do end, with the death of the last man on Earth, a soldier. The cartoon features an original song written to the tune of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”.

According to Hugh Harman’s obituary in the New York Times[1] and Ben Mankiewicz, host of Cartoon Alley, the cartoon was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize However, it is not listed in the official Nobel Prize nomination database. Mankiewicz also claimed that the cartoon was the first about a serious subject by a major studio. In 1994, it was voted #40 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. It was also nominated for the 1939 Academy Award for Short Subjects (Cartoons), but lost to The Ugly Duckling, a Silly Symphonies short by Disney.”

The second cartoon, “Good Will to Men” was actually a remake of the first, done by the Hanna-Barbara animation studio. According to information I found here, the second film was done…”in Cinemascope widescreen format, and updated with some even more sophisticated methods of killing each other since 1939 (such as nukes).”

These are really very interesting cartoons, both apocalyptic and uplifting.

IGbarb says: Check it[them] out!

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September 29, 2008 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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