Welcome to my ongoing directory of vintage monkey cartoons from around the web. The below list is in order alphabetically by studio or author, and then by date.
Please note that for the sake of these cartoons, and our amusement, ‘monkey’ includes all primates that have hair all over their bodies. Yes I know a gorilla is not technically a monkey, Mr. Smarty-smart-smart… but I’ll call it a monkey if I damn well please! This ain’t National Geographic!
The above image comes from Len Lye’s Peanut Vendor.
If you know of other vintage monkey cartoons you think should be on this list, please let us know in the comments below or via email.
- Swing, Monkey, Swing (1937) (Columbia)
- El Mono Relojero aka The Clock-Making Monkey (1938) (Quirino Cristiani)
- Monkey Melodies (1930) (Disney)
- The Gorilla Mystery (1930) (Disney)
- Mickey’s Mechanical Man (1933) (Disney)
- The Pet Store (1933) (Disney)
- Monkeydoodle (1931) (Les Elton)
- An Elephant Never Forgets (1934) (Fleischer)
- Betty Boop’s Halloween Party (1933) (Fleischer)
- Betty Boop with Henry, the World’s Funniest American (1935) (Fleischer)
- Bunny Mooning (1937) (Fleischer)
- Popeye in Organ Grinder’s Swing (1937) (Fleischer)
- My Friend the Monkey (1939) (Fleischer)
- The Peanut Vendor (1934) (Len Lye)
- Good Little Monkeys (1935) (MGM)
- Pipe Dreams (1938) (MGM)
- Art Gallery (1939) (MGM)
- The Monkey Fleet (1936) (Manzo Miyashita)
- The Monkey Sword Masamune (1930) (Yasuji Murata)
- Momotaro’s Sky Adventure (1931) (Yasuji Murata)
- Corporal Norakuro (1934) (Yasuji Murata)
- The Dinosaur and the Missing Link (Willis O’ Brien)
- Sankichi the Monkey in The Storm Troopers (1934) (Mitsuyo Seo)
- The Mascot (1933) (Ladislaw Starewicz)
- The Organ Grinder (1933) (Warner Brothers)
- A Day at the Zoo (1939) (Warner Brothers)
- Baseball Group of Forest (1934) (Author unknown)
- Doctor of Forest and Brave Warrior of Sanitary Gown (Year and author unknown)