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A Compilation of 243 Animated Feature Titles

Irina Neustroeva made this chronological compilation of 243 animated feature film titles so you don’t have to. It’s both a nostalgia trip and a valuable lesson in design trends:

This video presents titles of animated feature films in order from 1937 to 2012 year which were produced in the USA. These video consists only 243 titles. Titles were selected in accordance with the ranking of IMBD and only the first part of the sequel was selected for video. Full list of animated feature films used in the video you can find here.

  • Foodfight doesn’t DESERVE to be in that video. I also noticed there are a handful of direct-to-video movies featured as well.

    Besides that, it’s pretty nifty.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      I stopped watching it 90 seconds in, I think that says something.

  • Joel

    Love it!

  • Kinda cool, but he forgot several important ones like:
    Prince Achmed (oldest surviving animated film from 1927),
    The Tale of the Fox (early groundbreaking stop-motion),
    Mr. Bug Goes to Town (the last major Fleisher production),
    Princess Iron Fan (first major Asian animated film)
    several Soyuzmultfilm productions
    The King and the Mocking Bird (France’s most celebrated animation)
    several UK features like Animal Farm and Watership Down
    Hakujaden (Japan’s first) / Horus: Prince of the Sun (first modern anime)
    Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro (Miyazaki’s first film)
    Come to think of it, a whole lot of anime films are skipped over. (Seriously no Akira? No Princess Mononoke? No Paprika?)

    and so on….

    This list is also very American and puts most of its focus on the late 1990s and 2000s. Although, I’m glad to see the likes of Gulliver’s Travels, Gay Puree, The Yellow Submarine, and the Secret of NIMH. Also, since when is The Dark Crystal an animated film?…Wow, I just realized I’m a total nerd.

    • M Rahman

      “This video presents titles of animated feature films in order from 1937 to 2012 year which were produced in the USA.”

      • Mapache

        Then why is pokémon there? Technically speaking, a movie’s nationality is given by the country of the producers. The only american producers listed in the pokémon movie’s IMDB page have an -English version- note.

        • Steve Henderson

          Producers based in the USA, not produced IN the USA, Yellow Submarine and the Aardman films had the majority of their production based in the UK as I’m sure many others were produced or part produced around the world. I also found it a bit odd how only “Idiots and Angels” got in representing Bill Plympton.

          However I know it does not claim to be a definitive list though so I think we can forgive it and enjoy it for what it is, and thats a nice bit of editing! Well done Irina!

          Next time lets see one with the sequels which will be twice as long and we can all have a proper moan about ;)

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I know one that wasn’t, 1976’s “Jack & The Beanstalk”, ultimate fail!

    • Ryan

      “This video presents titles of animated feature films in order from 1937 to 2012 year which were produced in the USA.”

      “Come to think of it, a whole lot of anime films are skipped over.”

    • Jonah Sidhom

      It’s OK, I’ve watched every film you mentioned too. This is a safe place for people like us.

    • m(_ _)m

      While Watership Down was missing, Plagues Dogs got in, so there’s that.

      But as an aside, wasn’t Momotaro’s Divine Sea Warriors Japan’s first feature film? (Hakujaden was merely the first colored feature)

      As for me, I was really surprised when I noticed that it was done in chronological order. The design similarities between so many of them in sequence made me think that the creator was intentionally pairing up similar looking titles.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        While Watership Down was missing, Plagues Dogs got in, so there’s that.”

        I wonder how much US work was in Plague Dogs myself (recalling Brad Bird was on it since I had seen some familiar British animators on it).

        “Pokemon: The First Movie” technically came out in Japan first prior to the US, a full year behind (having watched it first on a nth gen raw Japanese tape probably around February of ’99), though I did sorta wonder what involvement the US side had anyway besides dubbing/editing/alterations to said film.

  • Ronnie

    Spotted two animes (Pokemon and Cowboy Bebop) and a couple dubious entries (Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Alvin and the Chipmunks) but an AWESOME concept.

    • Probably those two animes had some small amount of American money behind them? It’s not unheard of in anime, and given both of those series were huge hits in America (and Pokemon was heavily rewritten for America) it wouldn’t shock me.

      • Chris Sobieniak

        I suppose if that’s enough of a stretch (recalling the added CGI stuff they added to the film that weren’t present in a copy of the Japanese version I had prior to seeing it on the big screen).

  • top_cat_james

    Where’s the four “Peanuts” features?

    • Chris Sobieniak

      That was pathetic, really.

      Also, it should be “Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters”, not the title of the short that preceded it.

  • George Comerci

    I’ve seen most of these…makes me feel smart! :D

  • ddrazen

    Didn’t see “Secret of Kells” in the list. And if they included “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?’ which was a live-animation hybrid, they also should have included “My Friend Ganesha.”

  • ddrazen

    And “Sita Sings the Blues” was passed over as well, which is just wrong.

  • Nayx

    Many movies are missing in that compilation, especially most of the older ones, but it was a nice watch.

    • Chris Sobieniak

      There’s no love for “The Man From Button Willow”!

  • Casey

    It’s very interesting to see the changes over time. Found it funny that there was a total over saturation of space films in the late 00’s

  • Aldebaran22

    A very cool idea and the jazzy music keeps it interesting, but just too all-over-the-place for me. Way too quickly jumps from the 30s to the 90s/2000s, where the bulk of titles is drawn from. What’s with random inclusions of direct-to-video films, especially some mock-busters like “The Legend of Atlantis”? Makes me wonder if the editor confused that one for Disney’s Atlantis. And having included films where the producers are US-based, but the film was made in another country, muddles the whole concept. Some of these are anime, regardless of where the budget came from.

    If I had time, I’d dig into my collection and make a video that is more consistent than this – probably stick just to theatrical releases, no made-for-TV or direct-to-DVD, or web films … and no sequels…. and would include much more 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s … this video is very cool and I admire the effort and time it surely took, but it’s just disappointing because it really seems unfocused and too sporadic to offer any sort of commentary, chronology, or history… this is more style than substance.

    I have a lot of old films like Princess Iron Fan, The Brothers Dynamite, The Tale of the Fox, Prince Achmed, Hansel & Gretel, The King and the Mockingbird… all on DVD, many of them restored, and could make a chronology like this one that could actually inform people of the progression of animated films worldwide.

  • Eric Graf

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?