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1[[quoteright:350:]] ²[[caption-width-right:350:Yikes!]]²²''Good Will to Men'' is a 1955 cartoon directed by [[Creator/HannaBarbera William Hanna and Joseph Barbera]]. It was one of the last of the WesternAnimation/MGMOneShotCartoons made before MGM closed down its animation studio in 1957.²²It is actually a remake of 1939 cartoon "WesternAnimation/PeaceOnEarth". The film is set in a snowy post-apocalyptic city at Christmas time. Mice are holding a worship service in the ruins of what was once a church. As they sing "Hark The Herald Angels Sing", one of the little mice in the chorus wonders about the lyric "good will to men", and asks what "men" are. The old mouse leading the service talks about how there were once creatures called "men", who all killed each other in apocalyptic wars.²²----²!!Tropes:²²* AfterTheEnd: Well, the end of Man anyway. ²* AnimalIsTheNewMan: The surviving animals have taken over after humanity dies.²* ApocalypseHow: Class 3a (people go extinct from unnatural causes) to be precise. Humanity kills itself off in war.²* ApocalypseWow: They go through a lot of effort showing ''how'' humans killed each other off.²* AsTheGoodBookSays: The title is derived from Luke 2:14 (in the King James translation) – "Glory to God in the highest; and on Earth, peace, good will toward men." ²* CarnivoreConfusion: Wise Owl to curious mouse:²-->"Thou shalt not kill! ...Looks like a mighty fine rule."²* ChristmasSpecial: A very melancholy post-apocalyptic one.²* CockroachesWillRuleTheEarth: A city of mice, after all the humans are dead.²* HumansAreCthulhu: The given description of humans, which is reminiscent of a World War I-style soldier wearing a gas mask.²-->"As I remember them, they were great big beasts with long snouts that went into their stomachs!"²* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: So thinks the little mouse upon hearing how violent humanity was.²-->"Gee, I'm sure glad there ain't no more men around!"²* KillAllHumans: All of humanity wiped out in war.²* MouseWorld: Mice in the bottom of a bombed-out church, who have made their own church, complete with tiny pews and tiny organ.²* NukeEm: Ends with each of the enemy forces dropping a nuke on the other, wiping out the whole human race.²* TheOwlKnowingOne: Apparently he's the only animal that learned how to read somewhere.²* PanUpToTheSkyEnding: Ends with a pan up to the sky above the ruined church, and a twinkling Christmas star.²* TheRemake: Close to a ShotForShotRemake with similar scenes and some of the same dialogue. The main differences are that 1) this version changed the squirrels to mice, and 2) more importantly, this post-war cartoon threw in the nuclear bomb as the means of man's final destruction.²* ScavengedPunk: The village the squirrels live in.²* SceneryGorn: The ruins of a destroyed city. Plus lots of other shots of humanity bombing and destroying its cities.²* SinisterSchnoz: Grandpa Squirrel mistakes the filter hose of the human's gas masks for "long snoots that... fastened onto their stomachs".²* SpaceWhaleAesop: If war is allowed to continue, humanity will end up driving themselves to extinction and then cutesy animals will become intelligent and reclaim the world as their own. ²* SugarApocalypse: {{Inverted}}. [[AfterTheEnd Amid the wreckage of a massive war that completely destroyed humanity]], a bunch of talking animals build a new civilization which is an outright SugarBowl.²* TitleDrop: "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing" is reworked into a less overtly religious song, with the lyric "glory to the newborn king", being replace by "peace on earth, good will to men."²* WarIsHell: And not only that, but the moral of the story seems to be that war is pointless and will eventually kill our species off.


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