The cartoonists Winsor McCay and George McManus, the humorist Roy McCardell, and others are out for a joy ride when suddenly a tire goes flat. As the driver fixes it, the company visits a nearby museum. The skeleton of a dinosaur inspires an idea. McCay bets McManus that he can make the Dinosaurus live again. Six months and ten thousand drawings later, McCay is ready to win his bet. As the group dines, McCay presents his newest and most fantastic creation: Gertie the Dinosaur. Before the party’s astonished eyes, the drawing of a prehistoric scene comes to life as Gertie emerges from a cave. Gertie dances, cries, eats a pumpkin, devours a large tree and more. –IMDb
Winsor McCay (September 26, 1869(?) – July 26, 1934) was an American cartoonist and animator.
A prolific artist, McCay’s pioneering early animated films far outshone the work of his contemporaries, and set a standard followed by Walt Disney and others in later decades. His two best-known creations are the newspaper comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, which ran from 1905–1914 and 1924–1927, and the animated cartoon Gertie the Dinosaur, which he created in 1914.
His comic strip work has influenced generations of artists, including creators such as William Joyce, André LeBlanc, Moebius, Maurice Sendak, Chris Ware and Bill Watterson.
McCay was the son of Robert McKay (later changed to McCay) and Janet Murray McKay; Robert at various times worked as a teamster, a grocer, and a real estate agent. Winsor’s exact place and year of birth are uncertain — he claimed to have been born in Spring Lake, Michigan in 1871, but his gravestone says 1869, and census reports state… read more
American animation pioneer Winsor McCay (“Little Nemo” & “Dream of a Rarebit Fiend”) created the first animated character in this early short which has been preserved by the U.S. National Film… read review