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The Way of Peace (film)

The Way of Peace (1947) is a puppet animation film, financed by the Lutheran Church in America, giving a Christian view of life in the Atomic Age. It was directed by Frank Tashlin, produced by Wah Ming Chang, and narration read by Lew Ayres. In 2014, the film was named to the National Film Registry as being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".[1]

The Way of Peace
Directed byFrank Tashlin
Produced byWah Ming Chang
Blanding Sloan
Written byFrank Tashlin
StarringLew Ayres (narrator)
Music byEddison von Ottenfeld
CinematographyWah Ming Chang
Edited byStuart O'Brien
Christian Films
East West Studio
Distributed byWartburg Press
Release date
23 April 1947
Running time
18 minutes
CountryUnited States



This film is a Christian parable about the end of the world in the Atomic Age told with puppet animation. The film's scope is broad, from the creation of the world to the birth of Christ to the atomic destruction of the Earth. Critics have found the film somewhat preachy, and totally unlike any other film in Tashlin's body of work.

Production backgroundEdit

  • Producer Wah Ming Chang was a well-known designer, and Lew Ayres was a famous actor who was a conscientious objector during World War II.
  • The Reverend H. K. Rasbach, a frequent adviser on big-budget films such as The Ten Commandments (1956) and The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), provided technical supervision and story concept.
  • The film premiered at Constitution Hall in Washington, D.C., with more than 2,700 in attendance, including members of Congress, representatives of the Supreme Court, and 750 leaders from various branches of government.[2]

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