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Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics (1911)

Cartoon figures announce, via comic strip balloons, that they will move - and move they do, in a wildly exaggerated style.


(comic strip "Little Nemo in Slumberland"), (screenplay)

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Winsor McCay ...


Cartoonist Winsor McCay agrees to create a large set of drawings that will be photographed and made into a motion picture. The job requires plenty of drawing supplies, and the cartoonist must also overcome some mishaps caused by an assistant. Finally, the work is done, and everyone can see the resulting animated picture. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

8 April 1911 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Nemo  »

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(hand-colored)| | (tinted) (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Released as a split reel along with the documentary Bob Sledding (1911). See more »


Version of Little Nemo: The Dream Master (1990) See more »

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Simply marvelous--a must for fans of early animation and cinema
7 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is a very early cartoon, but it starts off in a most peculiar manner. The cartoon's creator, Winsor McCay, is shown talking to a group of friends about his creations--explaining a little about the process. Then, the camera goes to his studio and he shows some of the steps needed to produce an animated cartoon. Then in the final portion of the film, his cartoon comes to life and there are some amazing (for their time) animations that are also hand-colored. While none of this stuff will make you forget Looney Tunes or Disney, it is an amazing insight into the process and as such it's an item of extreme historical importance. Cute and watchable--even today.

By the way, when I saw the film again, I noticed that the very famous John Bunny was one of the people in the beginning of the film. While practically no one today would recognize him (other than cinema nuts like myself), this rotund man was perhaps the first comedian in film. Sadly, most of his movies have been lost over the years and he died rather young in 1915. I've seen just a few of his remaining films, but his round face is hard to miss in this film.

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