Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Peace on Earth (1939) & Good Will To Men (1955) animated shorts

I came across these oddities while poking around YouTube for some Christmas animation from the 1930's. Never before had I heard or seen anything concerning this pair of anti-war Christmas cartoons. Both tell the story of a post-apocalyptic world in which humans have killed themselves off, leaving only cute talking animals to populate the Earth. The 1955 version is a near replica, with only a final nuclear assault replacing the final rifle shoot out of the 1939 version. As mhirtes12 states in the text accompanying the post on YouTube, it's a big difference to see Hanna-Barbera creating something of nearing Disney quality in their 1955 remake. The Hanna-Barbera I know (and sometimes still enjoy) from 1960's and 70's shows I viewed in reruns or first runs (when Saturday mornings meant big fun and cartoon time) is a more an assembly line product than what is on display here. Check 'em out and let me know what you think...

Peace on Earth (1939)

Good Will To Men (1955)


  1. Both are great & have terrific animation ~ excellent finds!

  2. Glad you enjoyed 'em. Have to say I'm partial to the 1939 version with that lush, fluid style of animation.

  3. I'm glad you found them. I love both of these. Thanks for posting them. I love the animation of this time period.

  4. Both are note worthy examples of classic American animation. Thanks for letting me know you appreciated 'em and their old school style.