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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.


Winsor McCay


Winsor McCay
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Cast overview:
Winsor McCay ... Winsor McCay
George McManus ... George McManus
Roy L. McCardell ... Roy McCardell
Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan ... Thomas A. 'Tad' Dorgan


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. 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 »


[first lines]
Gentleman: We've got a puncture. Let's go into the museum while he fixes it.
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Great Fun
2 May 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Gertie the Dinosaur (1914)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

This Winsor McCay film starts off very much like his first as McCay and a friend are inside a dinosaur exhibit when the artist says he could make them walk. The friend and others at a local club laugh at him so he makes a bet that he can bring a dinosaur to life. A month later McCay displays Gertie, a lovable dinosaur who will do whatever he says. I will admit that the start of this film is a tad bit slow because we've already seen this same opening in an earlier film. With that said, there's no question that this is a very important film and one that is a must see. The most amazing thing to me about this film is how much life McCay is able to give Gertie. There's not a single frame where you feel as if you're watching a bit of animation because the director does such a nice job at bringing her to life and making her seem so real. The animation includes Gertie doing various tricks, a dance and a few other things but we also get a sea serpent that shows up. The animation looks incredibly strong and we're given some great humor throughout. I hate using the word cute but that's exactly what this film is and it's so impressive that even those who can't stand older movies should be drawn into it.

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Release Date:

28 December 1914 (USA) See more »

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