List of animated feature films before 1940

A list of animated feature films released prior to 1940.

Title Country Director Studio Animation technique Notes Release Date
1917
El Apóstol (The Apostle)
Argentina Quirino Cristiani Traditional/Cutout The first animated feature ever made; considered lost. November 9, 1917 (1917-11-09)
1918
Sin dejar rastros (Without a Trace)
Argentina Quirino Cristiani Traditional/Cutout lost film 1918 (1918)
Abajo la careta o La República de Jauja (Down with the Mask or The Republic of Plenty)
Argentina Andrés Ducaud Traditional/Cutout lost film March 8, 1918
La Carmen Criolla o Una noche de gala en el Colón (Creole Carmen or Gala Night at the Colón Theatre)
Argentina Andrés Ducaud Stop motion lost film 1918
1926
The Adventures of Prince Achmed
Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed
Germany Lotte Reiniger Silhouette The oldest surviving animated feature and the first German animated film. February 1926 (1926-02)
1931
Peludópolis (Peludo City)
Peludópolis
Argentina Quirino Cristiani Traditional/Cutout lost film and the first animated feature film with sound September 18, 1931 (1931-09-18)
1935
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)
1937
The Tale of the Fox
Le Roman de Renard
France Ladislas Starevich Stop motion Although completed in 1930, it remained unreleased for years because of problems with the original French soundtrack. It premiered in Berlin in 1937 with a German soundtrack, and was released with a new French soundtrack in April 1941. It was also the first French animated film. April 10, 1937 (1937-04-10)
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 feature film to be presented in Technicolor. Won a special Academy Award for the first animated feature. December 21, 1937 (1937-12-21)
1939
The Golden Key
Золотой ключик
Soviet Union Aleksandr Ptushko Mosfilm Stop motion/Live action Combines live-action with animation, and it's Ptushko's last foray into animation. July 1, 1939 (1939-07-01)
Gulliver's Travels United States Dave Fleischer Fleischer Studios Traditional The first American Technicolor animated feature film not to be made by Disney. Also first Technicolor animated feature film made in World War II December 22, 1939 (1939-12-22)