List of animated feature films of the 1940s

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A list of animated feature films released in the 1940s.

Title Country Director Studio Animation technique Notes Release Date
1940
Pinocchio United States Walt Disney Productions Traditional Won 2 Academy Awards for Best Original Song for "When You Wish Upon A Star", and for Best Original Score.
  • February 7, 1940 (1940-02-07)
Fantasia United States Various Walt Disney Productions Traditional/live action First animated feature, and first feature film to be presented in stereophonic surround sound. Won 2 special Academy Awards.
  • November 13, 1940 (1940-11-13)
1941
Princess Iron Fan
Tie shan gong zhu
Republic of China (1912–1949) Wan Guchan
Wan Laiming
Traditional First Chinese animated feature, and the first animated feature from Asia.
  • January 1, 1941 (1941-01-01)
The Reluctant Dragon United States Alfred Werker (live action)
Hamilton Luske (animation)
Walt Disney Productions Traditional/Live action Package film/Documentary
  • June 21, 1941 (1941-06-21)
Dumbo United States Ben Sharpsteen Walt Disney Productions Traditional
  • October 23, 1941 (1941-10-23) (New York City)
  • October 31, 1941 (1941-10-31)
Mr. Bug Goes to Town United States Dave Fleischer
Shamus Culhane
Fleischer Studios Traditional Last animated feature made in the United States before the attack on Pearl Harbor, launching The United States into World War II.
  • December 5, 1941 (1941-12-05)
1942
15.000 Dibujos Chile Jaime Escudero Traditional Lost film, First animated feature to be made in Chile.
  • 1942 (1942)
Bambi United States David Hand Walt Disney Productions Traditional
  • August 9, 1942 (1942-08-09) (London)
  • August 13, 1942 (1942-08-13) (New York City)
  • August 21, 1942 (1942-08-21) (U.S.)
Saludos Amigos United States Norman Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
Jack Kinney
Hamilton Luske
William Roberts
Walt Disney Productions Traditional/Live action Package film
  • August 24, 1942 (1942-08-24) (Rio de Janeiro)
  • February 6, 1943 (1943-02-06) (Boston)
  • February 19, 1943 (1943-02-19) (U.S.)
1943
Victory Through Air Power United States Walt Disney Productions Traditional Documentary
  • July 17, 1943 (1943-07-17)
1944
The Three Caballeros United States Norman Ferguson Walt Disney Productions Traditional/Live action Package film
  • December 21, 1944 (1944-12-21) (Mexico City)
  • February 3, 1945 (1945-02-03) (U.S.)
1945
Momotaro's Divine Sea Warriors
Momotarō Umi no Shinpei
Japan Mitsuyo Seo Shōchiku Dōga Kenkyūjo Traditional First Japanese animated feature.
  • April 12, 1945 (1945-04-12)
Garbancito de la Mancha Spain Arturo Moreno Balet y Blay Traditional First Spanish animated feature and the first animated feature film produced in color outside of the United States.
  • November 23, 1945 (1945-11-23)
Handling Ships United Kingdom Alan Crick
John Halas
Stop motion Instructional film, and the first British animated feature.
  • 1945 (1945)
The Lost Letter
Propavshaya gramota
Soviet Union Lamis Bredis
Zinaida Brumberg
Valentina Brumberg
Soyuzmultfilm Traditional First traditional full-length animated film for USSR and Soyuzmultfilm studio
  • 1945 (1945)
1946
Make Mine Music United States Jack Kinney
Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Joshua Meador
Robert Cormack
Walt Disney Productions Traditional Package Film, and the first American animated feature to be made after World War II.
  • April 20, 1946 (1946-04-20) (New York City)
  • August 15, 1946 (1946-08-15)
Song of the South United States Harve Foster
Wilfred Jackson
Walt Disney Productions Traditional/Live action Package Film
  • November 12, 1946 (1946-11-12) (Atlanta)
  • November 20, 1946 (1946-11-20)
The Tinderbox
Fyrtøjet
Denmark Svend Methling Dansk Farve- og Tegnefilm Traditional First Danish animated feature.
  • May 16, 1946 (May 16, 1946)
1947
The Humpbacked Horse
Konyok-Gorbunok
Soviet Union Ivan Ivanov-Vano Soyuzmultfilm Traditional
  • January 10, 1947 (1947-01-10)
The Crab with the Golden Claws
Le crabe aux pinces d'or
Belgium Claude Misonne Stop motion First Belgian animated feature.
  • January 11, 1947 (1947-01-11)
Fun and Fancy Free United States Jack Kinney (animation)
Bill Roberts (animation)
Hamilton Luske (animation)
William Morgan </large>(live-action)</large>
Walt Disney Productions Traditional/Live action Package film
  • September 27, 1947 (1947-09-27)
The Czech Year
Spalicek
Czechoslovakia Jiří Trnka Stop motion First Czech animated feature.
  • December 13,1947 (December 13,1947)
1948
Melody Time United States Jack Kinney
Clyde Geronimi
Hamilton Luske
Wilfred Jackson
Walt Disney Productions Traditional/Live action Package film
  • May 27, 1948 (1948-05-27)
Alegres vacaciones Spain José María Blay
Guido Leoni
Arturo Moreno
Traditional
  • December 27, 1948 (1948-12-27)
Water for Fire Fighting United Kingdom Alan Crick
John Halas
Stop motion Instructional film
  • 1948 (1948)
1949
The Emperor's Nightingale
Cisaruv slavík
Czechoslovakia Jiří Trnka
Miloš Makovec
Stop motion/Live action
  • April 15, 1949 (1949-04-15)
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad United States Jack Kinney
Clyde Geronimi
James Algar
Walt Disney Productions Traditional Package film
  • October 5, 1949 (1949-10-05)
The Singing Princess
La Rosa di Bagdad
Italy Anton Gino Domenighini Traditional
  • December 22, 1949 (1949-12-22)
Aventuras de Esparadrapo Spain Ángel de Echenique Stop motion
  • December 26, 1949 (1949-12-26)
Alice in Wonderland France Dallas Bower Stop motion/Live action
  • 1949 (1949)
I Fratelli Dinamite Italy Nino Pagot Traditional
  • 1949 (1949)
Tobias Knopp - Abenteuer eines Junggesellen West Germany Gerhard Fieber Traditional
  • 1949 (1949)