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Classic Animated Movie Trailers

Updated on January 1, 2015

Are you curious how they advertised the first animated feature films, such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and Lady and the Tramp. We have assemble this top ten animated movies list based on a few parameters. First, the films all had to be at least twenty years old so a few of the really good ones including The Lion King and Toy Story were eliminated because they were not twenty years old.

While most of the films on this list are classic Disney movies, in more recent years more animated films studios have taken hold including several in Japan, France and Italy, as well as Dreamworks in the US. But unfortunately I could not include many of those on this list because most were not released over 10 years ago.

In all cases we presented the Original movie preview for each film. And the quality of each classic animated movie trailer varies but I tried to find the best available version of the trailer from youtube.

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Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (1937) - A Completely Different Style of Movie Preview

This old movie preview really blew me away because it was so unusual. Because Disney had never before done a Full Feature film in Animation, they had to describe what they had created to the audience so that they did not confuse it with a simple cartoon. This is a very unusual and interesting movie trailer. Snow White held the title of highest grossing film ever for exactly one year until the release of Gone With the Wind which still remains the highest grossing film when adjusted for inflation. However, Snow White remains 10th on that inflation adjusted list.

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Pinocchio (1940) - The First Animated Movie Preview in Animation

With the huge success of Snow White and the Seven Dwarves just 3 years earlier, Disney had established what a full length animated movie was. So with Pinocchio they were able to take a much different tack in the trailer and stay within the Animated genre during the full trailer. Because of Snow White, no longer would anyone confuse a Disney animated film with a mere cartoon.

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Cinderella (1950) - A Very Short Movie Trailer for Disney's Cinderella

The short length of this movie preview gives you an idea of the huge momentum that Walt Disney had built with its first two animated films, Snow White and Pinocchio, as well as this being the first full length animated movie after the end of the War. People were ready and excited for this film, so Disney did not have to tell them much about the story. He was merely alerting them that it was coming. This was the first Disney film to have its songs copyrighted and published by the newly created Walt Disney Music Company. In essence, this film laid the groundwork for the modern day movie soundtrack.

Lady and the Tramp (1955) - One of the Best Animated Love Stories Ever

This charming animated movie is one of my all time favorites. After its release, Lady and the Tramp became the second highest grossing animated film behind Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and remains the 69th highest box office film (when adjusted for inflation. See the full list here. Apparently, Walt Disney did not originally want to include the spaghetti eating scene with "Bella Note" playing in the background. However, he acquiesced and this became one of the most famous scenes in cinematic history.

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Sleeping Beauty (1959) - Starting to See more of the Glitzier Trailers we are now used to

Sleeping Beauty was the longest Disney film to produce taking 7 years and was also the last Disney film to be completed completely by hand drawn animation. The Disneyland castle at all Disney parks is named after and based on the castle in this film. Although it was released 4 years after the opening of the first park (California), the drawings had already been started during production and were created concurrently for the film and the park.

The Jungle Book (1967) - One of the Most Beloved of the Disney Animated Films

This was the last Disney animated movie personally overseen by Walt Disney, The Jungle Book was released in 1967. Based on the book of the same name by Rudyard Kipling, this film followed a 1942 live action film based on the book. However, when making this film Walt Disney told his animators and story crew to throw out the original book (except for general concept) because it was too dark to be made into a children's animated film. As a result the storyline is very different from Kipling's book.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - An Influential Mixed Genre Film

This film was one of the pioneers in the mixed genre that blended live action with animation. They handled it so brilliantly that few Directors have attempted it since this film. The film was also a first in that it was the first time that Disney characters appeared onscreen with Warner Brothers cartoon stars, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Sorry for the poor quality of the trailer, there was very little choice of trailer on youtube for this film.

Akira (1988) - Original Japanese Version Trailer of this Cyberpunk Action Film

While the trailer is in Japanese the sequences and action give you a feel for the drama in this influential, dark anime film. The film cost $10 million to produce which was a record, at the time, for Japanese animation. The film has been cited by critics as one of the most influential films in the Anime genre. It has also been credited with influencing such live action films as The Matrix and Chronicle.

The Little Mermaid (1989) - The Animated Movie that Saved Walt Disney Pictures

Loosely based on the book by Hans Christian Anderson, The Little Mermaid was credited with revitalizing Walt Disney Pictures animation group after a string of failures through the 70s and 80s. While Roger Rabbit was released earlier in the year to critical and box office success, it was considered more of an adult-oriented feature film. Until Mermaid won two Oscars, Walt Disney Pictures had not won an Oscar in over 18 years and had not even been nominated for 12 years!

Beauty and the Beast (1991) - A Classic Tale Retold in Vivid Disney Animation

Beauty and the Beast was the first ever animated movie to be nominated for the Best Picture Oscar. Since that time, two other animated films have been nominated Up and Toy Story 3, but each of those were nominated in the larger pool of 9-10 nominees that began in 2009. Beauty and the Beast was one of only five nominees in 1991. While it lost the Oscar to Silence of the Lambs that year, it was the first animated movie to win Best Picture from the Golden Globe Awards.

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    • Jo-Jackson profile image


      5 years ago

      I love all the ones on this lens. The Aristocats and Fantasia are two others I really loved.

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      6 years ago

      I love all of the great classic movies you have selected to featured. :)

    • chezchazz profile image


      6 years ago from New York

      what a great idea for a movie lens. Enjoyed revisiting some old friends and meeting some I'd never seen before.

    • raelcalu profile image


      6 years ago

      very nice...i still remember the first time i watch snow white and the seven dwarfs...thanks for the share

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      6 years ago

      Am a huge fan of these classics!

    • flycatcherrr profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm torn between 'The Jungle Book' and 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' as favourite. I did love 'Cinderella' as a small child, but it didn't stand up to watching again in later years, so I skipped the more recent Disney princesses. Funny how many of us have quite strong feeling about the classic animation flicks!

    • Zebedee32 profile image


      6 years ago

      Wallace and Gromit are my favs. Nice lens

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      6 years ago

      Very nice picks, indeed! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      Auntie-M LM 

      6 years ago

      Hugo! It's not old, but it is wonderful.

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      Susanna Duffy 

      6 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love Snow White. This was the first animated movie I had ever seen and I watched it in a big picture theatre. But, you know, just about every animated movie is a classic in itself


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