List of animated films in the public domain in the United States

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The following is a list of animated films in the public domain in the United States for which there is a source to verify its status as public domain under the terms of U.S. copyright law. For more information, see List of films in the public domain in the United States. Films published before 1925 are not included because all such films are in the public domain (Note: while the film in and of itself may be in the public domain, the original versions may incorporate elements that remain under separate copyright).

Some shorts listed here were produced for the United States government such as the Private Snafu series. Because they were produced for the U.S. government, they automatically fall into the public domain.

Warner Bros. Pictures[edit]

The films listed below were last owned by Warner Bros. when the time for their renewals came up.

Source: Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U.S. Public Domain[1]

Looney Tunes[edit]

  1. Sinkin' in the Bathtub (1930)[1]
  2. Congo Jazz (1930)[1]
  3. Hold Anything (1930)[1]
  4. Booze Hangs High, The (1930)[1]
  5. Box Car Blues (1930)[1]
  6. Big Man from the North (1931)[1]
  7. Ain't Nature Grand! (1931)[1]
  8. Ups 'n Downs (1931)[1]
  9. Dumb Patrol (1931)[1]
  10. Yodeling Yokels (1931)[1]
  11. Bosko's Holiday (1931)[1]
  12. The Tree's Knees (1931)[1]
  13. Bosko Shipwrecked! (1931)[1]
  14. Bosko the Doughboy (1931)[1]
  15. Bosko's Soda Fountain (1931)[1]
  16. Bosko's Fox Hunt (1931)[1]
  17. Bosko at the Zoo (1932)[1]
  18. Battling Bosko (1932)[1]
  19. Big-Hearted Bosko (1932)[1]
  20. Bosko's Party (1932)[1]
  21. Bosko and Bruno (1932)[1]
  22. Bosko's Dog Race (1932)[1]
  23. Bosko at the Beach (1932)[1]
  24. Bosko and Honey (1932)[1]
  25. Bosko's Store (1932)[1]
  26. Bosko the Lumberjack (1932)[1]
  27. Hollywood Capers (1935)[1]
  28. Boom Boom (1936)[1]
  29. Westward Whoa (1936)[1]
  30. Porky's Moving Day (1936)
  31. Porky's Railroad (1937)[1]
  32. Get Rich Quick Porky (1937)[1]
  33. Porky's Garden (1937)[1]
  34. Ali-Baba Bound (1940)[1]
  35. Timid Toreador, The (1940)[1]
  36. Haunted Mouse, The (1941)[1]
  37. Joe Glow the Firefly (1941)[1]
  38. Porky's Bear Facts (1941)[1]
  39. Porky's Preview (1941)[1]
  40. Porky's Ant (1941)[1]
  41. Coy Decoy, A (1941)[1]
  42. Porky's Prize Pony (1941)[1]
  43. Meet John Doughboy (1941)[1]
  44. We, the Animals Squeak! (1941)[1]
  45. Henpecked Duck, The (1941)[1]
  46. Notes to You (1941)[1]
  47. Robinson Crusoe Jr. (1941)[1]
  48. Porky's Midnight Matinee (1941)[1]
  49. Porky's Pooch (1941)[1]
  50. Porky's Pastry Pirates (1942)[1]
  51. Who's Who in the Zoo (1942)[1]
  52. Porky's Cafe (1942)[1]
  53. Saps in Chaps (1942)[1]
  54. Daffy's Southern Exposure (1942)[1]
  55. Nutty News (1942)[1]
  56. Hobby Horse-Laffs (1942)[1]
  57. Gopher Goofy (1942)[1]
  58. Wacky Blackout (1942)[1]
  59. Ducktators, The (1942)[1]
  60. Eatin' On The Cuff (or The Moth Who Came to Dinner) (1942)[1]
  61. Impatient Patient, The (1942)[1]
  62. Daffy Duckaroo, The (1942)[1]
  63. Confusions of a Nutzy Spy (1943)[1]
  64. Hop and Go (1943)[1]
  65. Tokio Jokio (1943)[1]
  66. Porky Pig's Feat (1943)[1]
  67. Scrap Happy Daffy (1943)[1]
  68. Puss n' Booty (1943)[1]

Merrie Melodies[edit]

  1. Lady, Play Your Mandolin! (1931)[1]

United Artists[edit]

The films listed below were last owned by United Artists when the time for their renewals came up.

Source: Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U.S. Public Domain[1]

Merrie Melodies[edit]

  1. Smile, Darn Ya, Smile! (1931)[1]
  2. One More Time (1931)[1]
  3. You Don't Know What You're Doin'! (1931)[1]
  4. Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land (1931)[1]
  5. Red-Headed Baby (1931)[1]
  6. Pagan Moon (1932)[1]
  7. Freddy the Freshman (1932)[1]
  8. Crosby, Columbo, and Vallee (1932)[1]
  9. Goopy Geer (1932)[1]
  10. Moonlight for Two (1932)[1]
  11. Queen Was in the Parlor, The (1932)[1]
  12. I Love a Parade (1932)[1]
  13. You're Too Careless With Your Kisses (1932)[1]
  14. I Wish I Had Wings (1932)[1]
  15. Great Big Bunch of You, A (1932)[1]
  16. Three's a Crowd (1932)[1]
  17. Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives, The (1933)[1]
  18. I Wanna Be a Sailor (1937)[1]
  19. Jungle Jitters (1938)[1]
  20. Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)[1]
  21. Hamateur Night (1939)[1]
  22. Robin Hood Makes Good (1939)[1]
  23. Gold Rush Daze (1939)[1]
  24. Day at the Zoo, A (1939)[1]
  25. Prest-O Change-O (1939)[1]
  26. Bars and Stripes Forever (1939)[1]
  27. Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur (1939)[1]
  28. Early Worm Gets the Bird, The (1940)[1]
  29. Farm Frolics (1941)[1]
  30. Sport Chumpions (1941)[1]
  31. All This and Rabbit Stew (1941)[1]
  32. Rookie Revue (1941)[1]
  33. Wabbit Who Came to Supper, The (1942)[1]
  34. Wacky Wabbit, The (1942)[1]
  35. Foney Fables (1942)[1]
  36. Fresh Hare (1942)[1]
  37. Fox Pop (1942)[1]
  38. Dover Boys at Pimento University (or The Rivals of Roquefort Hall), The (1942)[1]
  39. Sheepish Wolf, The (1942)[1]
  40. Tale of Two Kitties, A (1942)[1]
  41. Ding Dog Daddy (1942)[1]
  42. Case of the Missing Hare (1942)[1]
  43. Pigs in a Polka (1943)[1]
  44. Fifth Column Mouse, The (1943)[1]
  45. Flop Goes the Weasel (1943)
  46. Wackiki Wabbit (1943)[1]
  47. Corny Concerto, A (1943)[1]
  48. Falling Hare (1943)[1]
  49. Inki and the Minah Bird (1943)[1]

Popeye the Sailor cartoons[edit]

  1. I'm in the Army Now (1936)[2]
  2. Little Swee'Pea [2] (1936)[2]
  3. Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936) [2]
  4. Paneless Window Washer, The (1937) [2]
  5. Popeye the Sailor Meets Ali Baba's Forty Thieves (1937)[2]
  6. I Never Changes My Altitude (1937)[2]
  7. A Date to Skate (1938)[2]
  8. Aladdin and His Wonderful Lamp (1939)[2]
  9. Customers Wanted (1939)[2]
  10. Me Musical Nephews (1942)[2]
  11. Taxi-Turvy (1954)[2]
  12. Bride and Gloom (1954)[2]
  13. Ancient Fistory (1954)[2]

Looney Tunes[edit]

  1. To Duck or Not to Duck (1943)[1]
  2. Yankee Doodle Daffy (1943)[1]
  3. Daffy - The Commando (1943)[1]

Universal Pictures[edit]

The films listed below were last owned by Universal when the time for their renewals came up.

Source: The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: List of Shorts in the Public Domain at the Wayback Machine (archived March 3, 2016)

  1. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
    1. Trolley Troubles (1927)
    2. Oh Teacher (1927)
    3. The Mechanical Cow (1927)
    4. Great Guns! (1927)
    5. The Ocean Hop (1927)
    6. The Banker’s Daughter (1927)
    7. Empty Socks (1927)
    8. Rickety Gin (1927)
    9. South Pole Flight (1928)
    10. Bull-Oney (1928)
    11. The Bandmaster (1931)
    12. Mechanical Man (1932)
    13. Making Good (1932)
    14. The Plumber (1933)
    15. The Quail Hunt (1935)
    16. Beach Combers (1936)
  2. Woody Woodpecker
    1. Pantry Panic (1941)
  • all 1948-49 and 1953 Coca-Cola advertisements
  • all advertisements for Albers, Auto-Lite, Carnation, Interstate Bakeries Corporation, and Kellogg's
  • The Amazing Recovery of Inbad the Ailer [industrial film for Saraka]
  • Blood is Needed [produced for the American Red Cross]
  • Boy Meets Dog (1938) [unreleased short for Ipana Toothpaste]
  • The Enemy Bacteria [instructional film for US Navy]
  • Gremlin Mr. N'Tane [instructional film for US Armed Forces]
  • House of Magic
  • Silly Superstition (1939)
  • Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941)
  • The Story of Human Energy [educational film for the Corn Products Refining Co.]

National Periodical Publications[edit]

The films listed below were last owned by National Periodical Publications when the time for their renewals came up.

Superman cartoons[edit]

  1. Superman [3] (1941)
  2. Mechanical Monsters, The [3] (1941)
  3. Arctic Giant, The [3] (1942)
  4. Billion Dollar Limited [3] (1942)
  5. Bulleteers, The [3] (1942)
  6. Destruction Inc. [3] (1942)
  7. Electric Earthquake [3] (1942)
  8. Eleventh Hour [3] (1942)
  9. Japoteurs [3] (1942)
  10. Magnetic Telescope, The [3] (1942)
  11. Showdown [3] (1942)
  12. Terror on the Midway [3] (1942)
  13. Volcano [3] (1942)
  14. Jungle Drums [3] (1943)
  15. Mummy Strikes, The [3] (1943)
  16. Secret Agent [3] (1943)
  17. Underground World, The [3] (1943)

U.M. & M. TV[edit]

Walt Disney Productions[edit]

  1. The Mad Doctor (1933) [6]
  2. Susie the Little Blue Coupe (1952)[7]

U.S. Government films[edit]

The films listed below are works of the United States government, which makes them public domain.

Source: Film Superlist: Motion Pictures in the U.S. Public Domain[1]

Private Snafu (Warner Bros.)[edit]

  1. Booby Traps[1]
  2. Censored[1]
  3. Chow Hound, The[1]
  4. Coming! Snafu![1]
  5. Fighting Tools[1]
  6. Gas[1]
  7. Going Home[1]
  8. Gripes[1]
  9. Home Front, The[1]
  10. Hot Spot[1]
  11. In the Aleutians[1]
  12. Infantry Blues, The[1]
  13. Goldbrick, The[1]
  14. It's Murder She Says[1]
  15. Lecture On Camouflage, A[1]
  16. Private Snafu Vs. Malaria Mike[1]
  17. Rumors[1]
  18. Secrets of the Caribbean[1]
  19. Snafuperman[1]
  20. Spies[1]
  21. Target: Snafu[1]
  22. Three Brothers, The[1]
  23. Operation: Snafu[1]
  24. Outpost[1]
  25. Pay Day[1]
  26. No Buddy Atoll[1]

Mr. Hook (Warner Bros.)[edit]

  1. Good Egg, The[1]
  2. Return of Mr. Hook, The[1]
  3. Tokyo Woes[1]

Other government films[edit]

Warner Bros.
  1. 90 Day Wondering[1]
  2. Any Bonds Today?[1]
  3. Drafty, Isn't It?[1]
  4. Hitch in Time, A[1]
  5. Point Rationing of Foods[1]
  6. So Much for So Little[1]
Walter Lantz Productions
  • Take Heed Mr. Tojo (1943) [instructional film for US Navy with Mr. Hook]
  • all 1943-44 stop-motion instructional films for the US Navy
Walt Disney Productions

Others[edit]

References[edit]

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