Free Animated Films: From Classic to Modern


Watch over 70 free animations online. The collection features some classics, plus some modern gems. You’ll find a number of animations of literary classics in the mix too. For more great films, please visit our complete collection, 700 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc..

  • 6 Animations of Stories & Poems by Shel SilversteinFree – Includes “Ickle Me, Pickle Me, Tickle Me Too” from Where the Sidewalk Ends.
  • 13 Experimental Short Films by Tezuka Osamu Free - Early animations by Tezuka Osamau, often called the Walt Disney of Japan.
  • A Country Doctor Free - A Franz Kaka story retold in an award-winning animation by Japanese animator Koji Yamamura. (2007)
  • A Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass Double FeatureFree - A precursor to modern music videos, this Oscar-winning animated film by John & Faith Hubley is set to the music of two popular songs recorded by Herb Alpert. (1966)
  • Ah Pook is Here - Free – A stop motion animation based on audio recordings by William S. Burroughs, with music by John Cale. (1994)
  • Anémic Cinéma - Free - Marcel Duchamp’s avant-garde film combines whirling optical illusions, known as Rotoreliefs, with spiraling puns and complex word play. (1926)
  • Astro Boy: Birth of Astro BoyFree – The first episode of the animated series, Astro Boy, created by famed Japanese animator Osamu Tezuka. (1963)
  • Breathdeath Free - Cutout animation film that inspired Terry Gilliam and ended up on his list of The 10 Best Animated Films of All Time. (1963)
  • Cold War Pro-Capitalism AnimationsFree – A series of Cold War animations that explain why American capitalism is the best way to go. Films were funded by the CEO of General Motors.
  • ConfidenceFree – Classic animation from the Great Depression shows how animators tried to get America through a dark time. (1933)
  • Crime and Punishment Free - Dostoevsky’s classic work wonderfully animated by Piotr Dumala (2000)
  • Der Erlking - Free - A visual representation of Goethe’s poem, The ErlKing, that uses sand-on-glass animation set to the music of Franz Schubert. (2002)
  • Der Fuehrer’s Face - Free - Disney’s anti-Nazi propaganda movie featuring Donald Duck. Won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (1942)
  • Destino Free - Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí began working together in 1946 on a project that was tabled, then finally revived and finished in 2003.
  • Dimensions of Dialogue Free - Jan Svankmajer, a surrealist Czech animator, influenced Tim Burton, The Brothers Quay, and Terry Gilliam himself.  Gilliam puts this claymation short on his list of The Ten Best Animated Films. (1982)
  • DumblandFree – A series of crude, Beavis and Butthead-style animations by David Lynch (2002)
  • Early Japanese AnimationsFree – A collection of early Japanese animations that show where the Japanese anime tradition began. (1917 to 1931)
  • Education for Death: The Making of the Nazi Free - Disney’s WW II propaganda film looks at how the Nazi machine corrupts youth. (1943)
  • Every Child - Free - Eugene Fedorenko’s animated short about an unwanted baby cared for by homeless men. 1979 Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Fantasmagorie - Free - The first fully animated film ever made. 700 drawings in 2 minutes by Emile Cohl. (1908)
  • Father and Daughter - Free - Michaël Dudok De Wit’s heartbreaking short won the 2000 Academy Award for Animated Short Film.
  • Franz Kafka - Free - Piotr Dumala’s wonderful 16 minute animated film based on Kafka’s diaries. (1992)
  • Freedom River - Free - A short animated film narrated by Orson Welles. A parable about mankind getting along. Alternate version here. (1971)
  • Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping BeautyFree - 6 minute animated black comedy. Shortlisted for the 2010 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Gulliver’s Travels - Free - American cel-animated Technicolor feature film, directed by Dave Fleischer. (1939)
  • GumbasiaFree – First clay animation produced by Art Clokey, who went on to create the classic series, Gumby. (1955)
  • Here There be Tygers - Free - A Soviet animation of a short story by Ray Bradbury. Directed by Vladimir Samsonov (1989).
  • How a Mosquito Operates - Free - One of the surviving works by famed animator Winsor McCay. (1912)
  • How Animated Cartoons Are Made - Free - One of the earliest, truest looks at how cartoons were made in the earliest 20th century. Features animation pioneer Wallace Carlson. (1919)
  • HungerFree – Directed by Peter Foldes, Hunger is one of the first computer animation films. It won a Special Jury Prize at the 1974 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film. (1974)
  • I Touch a Red Button Man - Free - A short film by David Lynch and Interpol. Originally shown at the Coachella 2011 Festival.
  • Is It Right to Be Always Right?Free – Narrated by Orson Welles, this Oscar-winning film directed by Lee Mishkin is a parable that comments on divisions in the United States. (1970)
  • King and OctopusFree – Tim Burton’s short animation made during film school at CalArts. (1978)
  • Logorama - Free - François Alaux and Herve de Crecy’s 17 minute film, Logorama, won the Oscar for Short Film (Animated) in 2009.
  • Madame Tutli-Putli - Free - Oscar-nominated animated short film by Montreal filmmakers Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski. (2010)
  • Monty Python AnimationsFree – A complete roundup of all of Terry Gilliam’s Python animations.
  • Mourir Auprès de Toi (To Die By Your Side) - Free - Spike Jonze collaborates with Olivia Le-Tan and Simon Cahn to produce stop motion film set in Shakespeare and Company in Paris (2011)
  • Neighbors - Free - Norman McLaren animates live actors with techniques normally used to put drawings/puppets into motion. Oscar winner. (1952)
  • Reason and Emotion Free - Walt Disney uses some neuroscience to explain the forces behind World War II. (1943)
  • Red Hot Riding Hood Free - A rebellious version of Little Red Riding Hood created by Tex Avery. Ranked 7th on list of The 50 Greatest Cartoons. (1943)
  • Ryan - Free - Oscar-winning animated short from Chris Landreth based on the life of Ryan Larkin, the influential Canadian animator. (2004)
  • Sita Sings the Blues - Free - New prize-winning animated film by Nina Paley. (2008)
  • Soviet Toys - Free - Dziga Vertov, best known for his landmark film A Man with a Movie Camera, also made the Soviet Union’s first ever animated movie. (1924)
  • Special Delivery - Free - Hilarious story won 1978 Oscar for Best Animated Short Film.
  • Stalk of the Celery MonsterFree – A short animation Tim Burton made while in film school at CalArts. (1979)
  • Steamboat Willie - Free - The first Disney cartoon that introduced sound animation and Mickey Mouse to the larger world. (1928)
  • Story of One Crime - Free - The directorial debut of Fyodor Khitruk, the animator of some of the greatest animation ever produced in Russia. (1962)
  • Storytime - Free - The debut animation film by Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam. (1968)
  • Street Musique - Free - Influential animated film by Ryan Larkin. (1972)
  • Superman - Free - Max Fleischer’s short animated movie. Nominated for the 1942 Academy Award for Best Short Subject: Cartoons. Other shorts that followed can be viewed here. (1941)
  • Superman: The Mechanical Monsters - Free - Film captures the era’s characteristic ambivalence in reconciling the need for progress with the fear of technology. Find more episodes in this series at Toonami Digital Arsenal. (1941)
  • Thank You, Mask ManFree – Lenny Bruce comedy routine about the Lone Ranger gets turned into an outliandish animated film. (1968)
  • The Adventures of André and Wally B Free - An early film developed by John Lasseter at LucasFilm Graphics before it became Pixar. (1984)
  • The Ant and the Grasshopper - Free - Early stop animation film by the great Russian animator Ladislas Starevich. (1911)
  • The Cameraman’s Revenge Free - This very early silent era stop-motion film was made by Ladislas Starevich in imperial Russia in 1912. He used real insects to create the story. (1912)
  • The Cathedral - Free - “The Cathedral” is the title of a sci fi short story by Jacek Dukaj. It was turned into a short animated movie by Tomasz Bagiński and nominated in 2002 for the Academy Award for Animated Short Film. (2002)
  • The Cave - Free - A short claymation film animating the famous cave allegory in Plato’s Republic. (2008)
  • The Centaurs - Free - An incomplete work by Winsor McCay. (1921)
  • The Critic Free – Mel Brooks 1963 animation features an old Yiddish watching abstract animations. Hilarious film won Oscar. (1963)
  • The Danish Poet - Free - Animated short film written, directed, and animated by Torill Kove and narrated by Liv Ullmann, won the Academy Award in 2006.
  • The Dot and the Line - Free - Chuck Jones’ animated film celebrates geometry and hard work. (1965)
  • The Family That Dwelt Apart Free - Based on a short story published by E.B. White in The New Yorker in 1937. (1983)
  • The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore - Free - Oscar-winning film by Moonbot Studios pays homage to a bygone era when elegantly printed books inhabited our world. (2011)
  • The Happy Prince - Free - A faithful rendering of an Oscar Wilde children’s story. Features the voices of Christopher Plummer and Glynis Johns. (1974)
  • The HobbitFree – This short animation by Prague-based animator Gene Deitch was the first film adaptation of Tolkien’s classic. (1966)
  • The Hole - Free - A 15-minute animated film by John Hubley and Faith Hubley that won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film in 1962. Features the voice of Dizzy Gillespie. (1962)
  • The Idea - Free - Created by Czech filmmaker Berthold Bartosch, The Idea has been called “the first animated film created as an artwork with serious, even tragic, social and philosophical themes.” (1932)
  • The Giving Tree - Free - An animated adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s wonderful children’s book. (1973)
  • The Junky’s Christmas - Free - Short claymation film starring (and written by) William S. Burroughs. Danny the Carwiper spends Christmas Day trying to score a fix, but finds the Christmas spirit instead. Produced by Coppola. (1993)
  • The Legend of Robert Johnson - Free - Animation of the famous bluesman’s fabled deal with the devil. (2011)
  • The Mascot Free - This 1934 film by the Russian animator Wladyslaw Starewicz pioneered a number of stop animation techniques, making it a seminal film in the history of animation. (1934)
  • The Miracle of Flight Free - A cutout animation by Terry Gilliam. Made in the style of (but separately from) Monty Python. (1974)
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas - Free - Christopher Lee narrates a beautiful animation of Tim Burton’s poem, Nightmare Before Christmas.
  • The Old Man and the Sea - Free - Aleksandr Petrov won the Academy Award for Short Film for this film that follows the plot of Ernest Hemingway’s classic 1952 novella. Made of 29,000 images painted on glass. (1999)
  • The Rime of the Ancient Mariner Free - Experimental film created by Larry Jordan, an independent filmmaker who tried to marry “the classic engravings of Gustave Doré to the classic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge through a classic narrator: Orson Welles. (1977)
  • The Sand Castle - Free - Short animated film about the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. 1977 Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film.
  • The Selfish Giant - Free - An Oscar-nominated animated version of Oscar Wilde’s children’s story by the same title. (1971)
  • The Sinking of the Lusitania - Free - Early animator Winsor McCay documents in 12 minutes the sinking of the RMS Lusitania. (1918)
  • The Spirit of ’43 - Free - Disney propaganda film made for the American government. Features Donald Duck. (1943)
  • The Story Of Menstruation Free - Walt Disney’s sex ed film was shown to millions of American students from the 1940s to the 1960s. (1946)
  • The Story of Stuff - Free - Animated fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. (2007)
  • The Tale and the Fox - Free - Ladislas Starevich’s classic animation of a German folktale adapted by Goethe. (1937)
  • The Tell-Tale Heart - Free - Animated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s classic from 1953. Narrated by James Mason.
  • There Will Comes Soft Rain - Free - A Ray Bradbury story adapted by Uzbek director Nazim Tyuhladziev. Second video down. (1984)
  • The World of StainboyFree A series of flash animation shorts created by Tim Burton and animated by Flinch Studio. (2000)
  • Tin Toy - Free - John Lasseter created this Oscar-winning short film in 1988 at Pixar. It was the beginning of the company’s transition into being a premier animation studio.
  • Toot, Whistle, Plunk and Boom - Free - Disney’s music education film. First cartoon released in widescreen CinemaScope. Wins 1954 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons). (1953)
  • UCLA Silent Animation Archive Free - Collection of the earliest animations from the silent era.
  • Vincent - Free - Tim Burton’s early animated film honoring Vincent Price, actor in American horror films. (1982)
  • Voyage to Next - Free - Directed by John Hubley and Faith Hubley, this short animated film features the voices of Dizzy Gillespie and Maureen Stapleton, and the characters wonder whether the world can avoid annihilation.(1974)
  • Vinni-Pukh - Free - Soviet animations of Winnie the Pooh, created by the innovative animator Fyodor Khitruk. (1969-1972)
  • Walking - Free - Oscar-nominated animated short film by Ryan Larkin. (1969)
  • Why Man Creates Free - Saul Bass’ Oscar-winning animation on the nature of creativity. (1963)

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