List of lost or unfinished animated films

The following is a list of lost or unfinished animated films.

Film Country Notes
The Prince and the Swan Fairy
Királyfi és a Hattyútündér
Hungary 1928: One of Hungary's earliest animated films, and an early effort of János Halász at Sándor Bortnyik's Bauhaus art studio, Műhely.[1] Only a few fragments of this experimental animation remain.[2]
The Adventures of Pinocchio Italy 1936: Was supposed to be Italy's first animated feature, but it was never finished and is now thought to be lost. Only the script and a few still images are all that survive.
The Tale of the Priest and of His Workman Balda
Сказка о попе и о его работнике Балде (Skazka o pope i o yego rabotnike Balde)
Russia 1933-36: Directed by Mikhail Tsekhanovsky, with music composed by Shostakovich. It would have been the USSR's first traditionally animated feature film, but it was abandoned shortly before its completion due to various production difficulties. Most of the film was lost in WW2, and the 6-minute market scene stands alone as a classic of Russian animated films.
St. Francis: Dreams and Nightmares France 1936-39: Berthold Bartosch, who had previously directed the animated short L'Idee, worked on this feature film in Paris until he fled the city in anticipation of Nazi occupation during World War II. He left the unfinished film at the Cinémathèque Française upon fleeing, but it was destroyed during the occupation. Less than 30 minutes of the film had been completed when it was destroyed. Only a few still images survive.
Hong Gil Dong South Korea 1967: South Korea's first animated feature (traditional animation). It was believed that none of the prints of the film had survived to the present time, but recently, two copies have been found in Japan. It was being displayed at a gallery, but no one had noticed that it was considered lost.
The Thief and the Cobbler US/UK 1960s-1990s: film was taken away from director Richard Williams and released as The Princess and the Cobbler and Arabian Knight; heavily edited versions with much of the already-filmed footage cut out. Unofficial restorations of the original film are available.
The Works US 1970s-1980s: It was meant to be the first computer animated feature, but was never completed.
Treasures under a mountain or The Hobbit / Сокровища под Горой Russia 1991: The Argus International Animation Studio began to work on this animated movie, based on The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien, but soon after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, only six minutes of the movie was shot, and the movie was never completed.[3]
Train Arrival
Прибытие поезда (Pribytiye poyezda)
Russia A watercolour-animated feature film begun in 1986 by Aleksandr Tatarskiy - part of the reason for the formation of PILOT Studio, the first private animation studio in the USSR. About 40 minutes were finished before hyper-inflation hit Russia in the late 1990s. The unfinished film was highly praised by several masters of Russian animation who saw it (including Fyodor Khitruk, Yuriy Norshteyn, Eduard Nazarov, Igor Kovalyov and others), before the film materials were lost to three consecutive floods in late 2005.[4][5]
Poe US Animator Michael Sporn was producing and directing an animated feature based the life of Edgar Allan Poe when he died in January 2014.[6]

See also


  1. Orosz, Anna Ida and Orosz, Márton. Vissza a szülőföldre! - I. rész - Halász János - John Halas. FilmKultura. 2011.
  2. Orosz, Márton. Vissza a szülőföldre! / Back to the Homeland!. 10th Kecskeméti Animáció Film Fesztivál (KAFF) 2011. ISBN 978-963-08-1576-5
  3. The only six minutes from the movie
  4. МАЛЮКОВА, Лариса (October 23, 2003). "ПЛАСТИЛИНОВЫЙ КЛОУН". Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  5. "Тет-а-тет Мультимиллионеры". Business Magazine. March 14, 2006. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  6. Animator Michael Sporn, an Oscar Nominee, Dies at 67
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