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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 McCay Winsor McCay ... Winsor McCay
George McManus ... George McManus
Roy L. McCardell ... Roy McCardell
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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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English

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15 September 1914 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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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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Almost 90 years later, it still works.
30 November 2002 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

Winsor McCay did a great many things of which he could be justifiably proud, but I think Gertie the Dinosaur ranks at the top of that lengthy list of accomplishments and I suspect McCay may have felt the same way, for it is still remarkable all these years later. Gertie is more life-like than some people I know! Funny, believable, touching and fascinating, sometimes all at once. This is one of the cornerstones of modern animation and also succeeds on its own terms and merits as both art and entertainment. Winsor McCay grew unhappy and somewhat disgruntled and disillusioned as animation became, in his eyes, more commercial and less artistically inclined. I've often wondered what McCay would have made of the independents, such as Will Vinton and Bill Plympton, among others, and the different forms, like Claymation and the stop-motion work of George Pal and others. I hope he would be pleased with at least some of the work done in the last 90 or so years. An absolute gem. If you haven't seen Gertie, I envy you for the treat you have in store. She's a delight. Well worth getting. Most highly recommended.


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