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1911 Winsor McCay - "Little Nemo" (full animation in color)

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Published on Dec 9, 2011

Winsor McCay was an amazing illustrator with a great eye for perspective, as showcased in his groundbreaking first animation. Although some great very short animation loops had been created for Phenakistiscopes and Zoetropes since 1833, very little quality animation had been done since the invention of the movies. This one really set a very high standard and can easily compete with most hand drawn animation that has been done since.

This animation was the centre piece of a 10 minute film entitled "Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and His Moving Comics". The other 8 minutes involve McCay making a wager to produce 4000 drawings within 2 months and make them move. This live-action story was directed by J. Stuart Blackton, who earlier made "Humorous Phases of Funny Faces" (released in 1906 and widely regarded as the very first animation).

The version presented here is sometimes said to have been hand-colored by McCay himself. However, another source states he paid to have his prints colored. It is tempting to imagine that McCay himself would be just a tiny bit more precise, but it also seems hard to improve on this coloring job if one considers how small 35mm film frames actually are and how tedious it must be to color 4000 of them.

In this video some cuts have been made to the repetitive footage that McCay looped back and forth in the original film. By doing that he had probably been cheating a bit on the claim of having made 4000 drawings for this movie...

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