Good Will To Men (1955)


Introduction

Good Will To Men is a 1955 remake of the 1939 Film, Peace on Earth.

Outline

Fred Quimby, William Hanna and Joseph Barbera remade the cartoon, Peace on Earth (1939), in CinemaScope in 1955. This post-World War II version of the film, entitled Good Will to Men, featured updated and even more destructive forms of warfare technology such as flamethrowers, bazookas, missiles, and nuclear weapons. This version used a choir of mice as the main characters including a deacon mouse who tells the story to his charges, and also had more direct religious references (though the Bible is simply referred to as “the book of humans’ rules” in both), Good Will to Men includes a reference to the New Testament, while Peace on Earth only includes verses from the Old Testament). This new version was also nominated for the Best Animated Short Subject Oscar. This film would be the last animated production for producer Fred Quimby before he went into retirement in 1955 and died in 1965.

Production & Filming Details

  • Director(s): Joseph Barbera and William Hanna.
  • Producer(s): Joseph Barbera, William Hanna, and Fred Quimby.
  • Writer(s): Joseph Barbera, Homer Brightman, and William Hanna.
  • Music: Scott Bradley.
  • Cinematography:
  • Editor(s): Jim Faris.
  • Production:
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (controlled by Loew’s Incorporated).
    • Loew’s.
    • MGM Cartoon Studio.
    • Quimby-Hanna/Barbera (as MGM Cartoon Studio).
  • Distributor(s):
    • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) (1955) (USA) (theatrical) (controlled by Loew’s Incorporated).
    • Warner Home Video (2006) (USA) (DVD).
  • Release Date: 23 December 1955.
  • Running Time: 8 minutes.
  • Rating: U.
  • Country: US.
  • Language: English.

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