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15 September 1914 (USA) See more »
Gertie: she's a scream. She eats, drinks and breathes! She laughs and cries. Dances the tango, answers questions and obeys every command! Yet, she lived millions of years before man inhabited this earth and has never been seen since!! See more »
The cartoonist, Winsor McCay, brings the Dinosaurus back to life in the figure of his latest creation, Gertie the Dinosaur. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Winsor McCay ... Winsor McCay

George McManus ... George McManus

Roy L. McCardell ... Roy McCardell
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan ... (uncredited)

Tom Powers ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Winsor McCay 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Winsor McCay 

Produced by
Winsor McCay .... producer
Animation Department
Winsor McCay .... animator
Other crew
John A. Fitzsimmons .... tracing

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Also Known As:
"Gertie" - USA (alternative title)
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12 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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This film required Winsor McCay and his assistant John A. Fitzsimmons (who traced the backgrounds) to create 10,000 drawings, which they inked on rice paper and mounted on cardboard. Although later animators created techniques (such as the "slash system" and especially celluloid-over-paper) that would eliminate the need to redraw backgrounds or stable objects, McCay was working without precedents. Consequently, he chose to redraw the entire picture - Gertie and the richly-detailed background - for each frame.See more »
[first lines]
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Dino-mite!, 16 April 2016
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

Cinema's first look at dinosaurs has all the creativity that anyone could want. Winsor McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur" is a simple but funny short. I first saw the cartoon in a documentary about the history of animation. McCay stood in front of an audience and explained what he was about to do. Then the playful reptile made her grand entrance. It shows what one can do with animation. It is, after all, simply another form of filmmaking. Since then, animation has ranged from the soft and cute (the Silly Symphonies) to the mordant (Ralph Bakshi's "Fritz the Cat").

You have to see "Gertie the Dinosaur", if for no other reason except to get a look at early animation. A masterpiece.

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