Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Peace On Earth

On the eve of the U.S. involvement with WWII, the United States had a peace policy desiring to keep us neutral regarding the war in Europe. This cartoon by Hugh Harman, produced in 1939 while he was at MGM, supports that general sentiment. It is available at dailymotion.com through the following link:


The following is the obituary for Hugh Harman from the New York Times. It notes the Nobel Prize nod for Harman's "Peace on Earth" cartoon from 1939:

New York Times
Hugh Harman, 79, Creator Of 'Looney Tunes' Cartoons
Published: November 30, 1982

Hugh Harman, the Oscar-winning creator of the ''Looney Tunes'' cartoons, died Thursday at his home in Chatsworth after a long illness. He was 79 years old.

Mr. Harman, a self-taught animation pioneer and one of Walt Disney's first collaborators, also created the ''Merrie Melodies'' cartoons that gave the world such memorable characters as the catand-mouse duo Tom and Jerry, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Sylvester and Tweetie.

Mr. Harman and his partner, Rudolph Ising, won the Oscar for their 1940 cartoon ''The Milky Way.'' The partners had seven Oscar nominations between them, and Mr. Harman also was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his 1939 antiwar feature, ''Peace on Earth.''

Mr. Harman, who started his career in 1922 at Disney's studio in Kansas City, Mo., later worked as an independent producer for Warner Bros. and then went on to M-G-M. He is survived by his son, Michael; two grandsons, and a nephew, Fred Harman 3d.


Tom Sito said...

Nice blog Fred! Heard about it on Cartoon Brew. Congrats and good luck with it!

p.s. I met Rudy Ising many years ago when I chaired a panel discussion at the Academy. He was very pleasant.

Chris Sobieniak said...

"Peace on Earth" is one of those pieces I like to watch over and over!

Mike Gabriel said...

Hey Fred---Good to almost see you again. Your deep appreciation and love of all good design inspires/ reaffirms the love in a lot of us. Keep it up and thanks for sharing the joy. It is appreciated.

OV! said...

hey man, good to see ya blogging!


Fred Cline said...

Thanks for visiting the blog - Tom, Mike, Chris, and Ovi

Anonymous said...