List of animated feature films before 1940

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A list of animated feature films released prior to 1940.

Title Country Director Studio Animation technique Notes Release Date
The Apostle
El Apóstol
Argentina Quirino Cristiani Traditional/Cutout The first animated feature ever made, and in Argentina, but it is considered a lost film.
  • November 9, 1917 (1917-11-09)
Without a Trace
Sin dejar rastros
Argentina Quirino Cristiani Traditional/Cutout lost film
  • 1918 (1918)
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed
Weimar Republic Lotte Reiniger Silhouette The oldest surviving animated feature. First animated film made in Germany
  • February 1926 (1926-02)
The Tale of the Fox
Le Roman de Renard
France Ladislas Starevich Stop motion The first animated film to be made in France. Although completed in 1930, because of problems with the original soundtrack in French, it was not released. It premiered in Berlin 1937 with a German soundtrack, and was released with a new French soundtrack in April 1941.
  • April 10, 1937 (1937-04-10) (Germany)
  • April 10, 1941 (1941-04-10) (France)
Peludo City
Argentina Quirino Cristiani Traditional/Cutout lost film and the first animated feature film with sound
  • September 18, 1931 (1931-09-18)
The New Gulliver
Новый Гулливер
Soviet Union Aleksandr Ptushko Mosfilm Stop motion/Live action Combines live-action with animation, and the first animated feature film to be made in the Soviet Union.
  • March 25, 1935 (1935-03-25)
The Adventures of Pinocchio
Le avventure di Pinocchio
Italy Umberto Spano
Raul Verdini
Romolo Bacchini
CAIR Traditional Lost film, First animated feature to be made in Italy, production never completed.
  • 1936 (1936)
The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda
Сказка о попе и о работнике его Балде
Soviet Union Mikhail Tsekhanovsky Lenfilm Traditional Lost film, only a short scene from a nearly finished film survived the fire caused by the 1941 bombings of Leningrad. The 50-minute score composed by Dimitri Shostakovich specifically for the film was also restored and released in 2005 on its own.
  • 1936 (1936)
Academy Award Review of Walt Disney Cartoons United States Burt Gillett
Wilfred Jackson
David Hand
Traditional Package film
  • May 19, 1937 (1937-05-19)
The Seven Ravens
Die sieben Raben
Nazi Germany Ferdinand Diehl
Hermann Diehl
Stop motion
  • December 2, 1937 (1937-12-02)
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs United States David Hand
William Cottrell
Wilfred Jackson
Larry Morey
Perce Pearce
Ben Sharpsteen
Walt Disney Productions Traditional The first animated film to be made by Walt Disney Animation Studios, the first in the United States, and the first to be presented in Technicolor. Won a special Academy Award for the first animated feature.
  • December 21, 1937 (1937-12-21) (Premiere)
  • February 4, 1938 (1938-02-04) (United States)
Gulliver's Travels United States Dave Fleischer Fleischer Studios Traditional The first American animated film not to be made by Disney. Also first animated film made in World War II
  • December 22, 1939 (1939-12-22)