Winsor McCay bets another cartoonist that he can animate a dinosaur. So he draws a big friendly herbivore called Gertie. Then he gets 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.
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!!
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Did You Know?
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
We've got a puncture. Let's go into the museum while he fixes it.
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