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.
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I'm getting a headache just thinking about the amount of work McCay had to do. Painstakingly drawing by hand on thousands of rice papers was worth it in the end, though, because the result is a lovely character animation that surely must have affected Disney somehow. I also loved how McCay incorporated himself to the film, making the whole experience interactive to the audience.