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Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur.

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Winsor Z. McCay bets another cartoonist that he can animate a dinosaur. So he draws a big friendly herbivore called Gertie. Then he get into his own picture. Gertie walks through the picture, eats a tree, meets her creator, and takes him carefully on her back for a ride. Written by <isa013@advs2.gm.fh-koeln.de>

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According to science this monster once ruled this planet. Skeletons now being unearthed measuring from 90 ft. to 160 ft. in length. An elephant should be a mouse beside Gertie. See more »


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In animation historian Jerry Beck's 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors, this cartoon was rated the sixth greatest cartoon of all time. See more »

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[first lines]
Gentleman: We've got a puncture. Let's go into the museum while he fixes it.
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Super-important film that features some very early animation as well as odd insights into the creator of the cartoon
7 September 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an odd little film featuring Winsor McCay--the creator of Gertie the Dinosaur and Little Nemo. And, just as in his first Little Nemo film, much of this film features Winsor McCay with his friends (all animators and lovers of animation) and only in the second half do you get to see Gertie. Ostensively, the film is about a bet Winsor made with his friends that he can make a dinosaur come to life--and he does in the form of a short cartoon featuring the lovable character "Gertie". While Gertie is very crude and simple compared to later color cartoons, there is still a lot of charm in the character and the film is a wonderful time capsule. Of great importance to Cinephiles and lovers of early animation.


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