PEACE ON EARTH
Original debut: December 9, 1939
What happens to the animals when the world runs out of goodwill toward men
Here it is, A Cartoon Christmas’ final post of 2012. And it’s short, but by no means sweet… While that Grandpa Squirrel certainly may sound a lot like Bugs Bunny (because it is) this MGM short takes on a much more serious tone. Whatever, you’re probably overdue for a more serious message if you’ve been keeping up with the site at all. Even though they’re living on a scorched Earth, these adorably modernized animals should somewhat soften the blow, as they take a Christmas Day to ponder the meaning of the phrase “Goodwill toward men” when there aren’t actually any men left.
This little ditty got MGM their first ever Academy Award nomination for an animated short, and was even rumored to be nominated for a fucking Nobel Peace Prize! That’s probably not true, but it’s anit-war message endured for so long that Hanna-Barbera, surely starved for new ideas and certainly no stranger to rehashing things, remade the thing in 1955 to fit a widescreen CinemaScope presentation. It was once again nominated for an Oscar.
Merry Christmas, folks. Thanks for coming 🙂