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How a Mosquito Operates (1912)

A hungry mosquito spots and follows a man on his way home. The mosquito slips into the room where the man is sleeping, and gets ready for a meal. His first attempts startle the man and wake him up, but the mosquito is very persistent.


Winsor McCay


Winsor McCay (comic strip "Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend"), Winsor McCay (screenplay)




What is a mosquito's nature? A large man enters his flat; a mosquito in top hat with valise follows, entering through the window above door. The man goes to sleep; the mosquito lands next to him, opens the valise, and takes out a grinding wheel to sharpen his proboscis. Methodically, the mosquito gets one, two, then three drinks as the man tosses, slaps, turns, covers himself, and rubs the wounds. After a fourth drink, the mosquito is so full he can barely right himself. Still he has more. Bloated, he can only hover above the sleeping man's face. Suspense builds: can he launch? He's atop his victim's nose. He jettisons his valise. Will he now be light enough to escape? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Simple, But Humorously Offbeat Animated Feature
8 June 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The animation is fairly simple compared with most of Winsor McCay's later animated movies, but nevertheless this is a humorously offbeat feature - at least, that is, as long as you don't have any phobias about mosquitoes.

The simple story shows a mosquito tracking a prospective meal, and then getting down to work. The mosquito is cleverly drawn, and the story features a couple of pretty good, if slightly morbid, gags. Later on, McCay began to fill his features with a wealth of background detail, which is missing here, and as a result it is fairly plain-looking at times. But for such an early effort, it's made pretty well, and is worth seeing.

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January 1912 (USA) See more »

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Winsor McCay and His Jersey Skeeters See more »

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