The European Animated Theatrical Features (In Chronological Order) Before 2000

In the world of animation, it seems that the films from America (Disney in particular) and Japan (Studio Ghibli for example) are the most frequently mentioned. Unfortunately, it almost seems as if the animated films from Europe are largely ignored, with a few rare exceptions (WATERSHIP DOWN, FANTASTIC PLANET, etc.) Which is sad considering they have been responsible for some of the most beautiful, imaginative, unique, and intelligent animated films ever made. They have proven to be every bit as good, if not better than America or Japan. Which is funny considering Europe's been in the animation business just as long as they have. The first projected animated cartoons came from Charles-Emile Reynaud, a French scientist. These three films (PAUVRE PIERROT, LE CLOWN ET SES CHIENS, UN BON BLOCK), first shown in 1892, were collectively known as PANTOMIMES LUMINEUSES. The first fully animated film was created by a Frenchman named Emile Cohl, who is referred to as "The Father Of The Animated Cartoon." This film was called FANTASMAGORIA and was released in 1908. I have compiled this list in tribute to these often overlooked masterpieces. I am sure I myself have overlooked more than a few titles. If anybody notices a missing title or a discrepancy of any kind, please let me know. Otherwise, enjoy.
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1.
The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess. (81 mins.)
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
2.
Auf der Skitour (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
3.
The Chinese Nightingale (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
4.
Wekker Tam-Tam (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
 
5.
Shifrovanny dokument (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
6.
Haplea (1928)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Marin Iorda
 
7.
The Story of the Fox (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
In the kingdom of animals, Master Fox is used to trick and fool everyone. So the King, the Lion, receives more and more complaints about him... (65 mins.)
 
8.
Un discípulo de caco (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
9.
Crossroads (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Lev Atamanov
 
10.
A Lenda de Miragaia (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
11.
Vlastelin byta (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: N. Bravin
 
12.
Pechat vremeni (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Puppet film teaching Soviet children to beware of spies. (55 mins.)
Director: G. Krol
 
13.
La vampiresa Morros de Fresa (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
14.
Falsa noticia de fútbol (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
15.
En los pasillos del congreso (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
16.
Sissi (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
17.
Francisca, la mujer fatal (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
18.
The New Gulliver (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
While hearing the story of "Gulliver's Travels", a young Russian boy dreams that he is the title character on the island of Lilliput. (75 mins.)
 
19.
Buffalo Full (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
20.
Kalif Storch (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Director: Lotte Reiniger
 
21.
The Adventures of Pinocchio (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
22.
The Four Musketeers (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Athos, Porthos, Aramis e D'Artagnan, accompagnati dai fedeli servitori Cric (Stan) e Croc (Ollie), inseguono... (70 mins.)
 
23.
Silhouetten (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(104 mins.)
 
24.
Arte, amor y estacazos (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Miguel Ramos
 
25.
The Seven Ravens (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(53 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Diehl
 
26.
Alerta (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Antonio del Amo
 
27.
Balatum (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
28.
Rapi Roum (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The adventures of a figure coming out of guachepot.
 
29.
Metamorfose (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Animation film about the multiplication of figures.
 
30.
O Boneco Rebelde (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Sérgio Luís
 
31.
Hoe primmeke ter wereld kwam (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The adventures of a figure coming from heaven.
 
32.
Ferd'nand på fisketur (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
33.
Garabatos Alady (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
Stars: Alady
 
34.
Garabatos Claudette Colbert (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
 
35.
Garabatos Freyre de Andrade (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
 
36.
Garabatos José Nieto (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
 
37.
Garabatos Imperio Argentina (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
 
38.
Sueños de aventuras (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
39.
Quinito, futbolista (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short film from the series 'Quinito'.
 
40.
Quinito, náufrago (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short film from the series 'Quinito'.
 
41.
Quinito, fotógrafo (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short film from the series 'Quinito'.
 
42.
Quinito y la flauta mágica (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short film from the series 'Quinito'.
 
43.
Don Cleque, en el Oeste (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Francisco Tur
 
44.
The Enchanted Sword (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Arturo Moreno
 
45.
Handling Ships (1945 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Instructional cartoon for the Admiralty. (70 mins.)
 
46.
 
47.
Josele en una noche de miedo (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Josele'.
 
48.
Ferd'nand på bjørnejagt (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
49.
Garabatos Lepe (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
Stars: Lepe
 
50.
Garabatos Manolete (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Garabatos'.
Director: Enrique Diban
Stars: Manolete
 
51.
Los tambores de Fu-Aguarrás (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film based on the film 'Los tambores de Fu-Manchú'.
Director: José Escobar
 
52.
Magic Lighter (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(71 mins.)
Director: Svend Methling
 
53.
Dob der Stallhase (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Serge Sesin
 
54.
The Hunchedback Horse (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Adventures of Ivan the Fool and humpbacked horse in the world of kind magical creatures and cruel people. (57 mins.)
 
55.
The Crab with the Golden Claws (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Claude Misonne
 
56.
Spalicek (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(75 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
57.
De lamme maakt een ritje (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Ray Goossens
 
58.
Quinito, sangre torera (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Short animation film from the series 'Quinito'.
 
59.
Fisiología de la audición (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
60.
Zapirón busca empleo (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: José Escobar
 
61.
Alegres vacaciones (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(73 mins.)
 
62.
Alí califfo di Bagdad e dintorni (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Paolo Campani
 
63.
L'asino e la pelle del leone (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Paolo Campani
 
64.
Water for Firefighting (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Feature-length instructional cartoon made for the Home Office and the Fire Brigade. (60 mins.)
 
65.
Les casse-pieds (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A series of vignettes, in which Noel-Noel appears as the moderator, lecturer, commentator and leading actor... (75 mins.)
Director: Jean Dréville
 
66.
Alice in Wonderland (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
This exceptional theatrical version of Lewis Carroll's 1865 classic features a combination of live characters and puppets. (76 mins.)
Director: Dallas Bower
 
67.
The Singing Princess (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An insane woman brings peace to her village by being the most ultimate singer around. (76 mins.)
 
68.
The Emperor's Nightingale (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A Chinese emperor prefers the tinkling of a bejeweled mechanical bird to the song of a real nightingale... (72 mins.)
 
69.
The Dynamite Brothers (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(85 mins.)
 
70.
Aventuras de Esparadrapo (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Puppet animation film based on the tales 'Caperucita Roja' and 'La bruja Pirula'. (60 mins.)
 
71.
El lápiz que perdió el juicio (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
72.
Lucha contra el carro de combate (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
73.
Bajaja (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Bayaya, a young peasant, protected by the spirit of his dead mother, arrives at the castle of the King... (87 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
74.
Johnny the Giant Killer (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Johnny sets out to rid the land of an evil giant but the giant uses a machine to reduce Johnny to the size of a bee... (80 mins.)
 
75.
 
76.
Immer wieder Glück (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(88 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Diehl
 
77.
Nebieri (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
78.
Little Roquefort (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
79.
Kaspers Reise um die Welt (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(60 mins.)
 
80.
Hønsefilm (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Bent H. Barfod
 
81.
Mr. H.C. Andersen (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(62 mins.)
Director: Ronald Haines
 
82.
The Night Before Christmas (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A cartoon based on the works of Nikolay Gogol. Handsome blacksmith Vakula who fell in love with village beauty... (49 mins.)
 
83.
Spuk mit Max und Moritz (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(60 mins.)
Director: Ferdinand Diehl
 
84.
Japara (1951 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(10 mins.)
 
85.
Kasper gibt Vollgas (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(74 mins.)
Director: C.A. Engel
 
86.
Spring and Winter (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: John Halas
 
87.
The Pythoness (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: John Halas
 
88.
In Time of Pestilence (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: John Halas
 
89.
Flu-ing Squad (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
 
90.
De rode beek (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A Korean war history.
Director: Rik Kuypers
 
91.
Evvel zaman içinde (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Yüksel Ünsal
 
92.
The Curious Adventures of Mr. Wonderbird (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A chimney sweep and his beloved shepherdess are aided by Wonderbird in their escape from a ruthless dictator (63 mins.)
Director: Paul Grimault
 
93.
Snegurochka (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
The tale about a girl with a cold heart who is dying in agony because of joy and love. (67 mins.)
 
94.
Zuriko da Muriko (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
95.
Los sueños de Tay-Pi (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
96.
The Big Parade (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
 
97.
Old Czech Legends (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Excellent stop-motion animation film from one of the best Czech filmmakers, Jirí Trnka. It tells the ancient story of Czechoslovakia... (91 mins.)
Director: Jirí Trnka
 
98.
A Treasure on Bird Island (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
People living on an island finds a treasure, but it does not only do them good. (75 mins.)
Director: Karel Zeman
 
100.
Coastal Navigation (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X