Winsor McCay Brings a Dinosaur to Life in 'Gertie' (1914)

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Cartoonist Winsor McCay's Gertie is widely considered to be the first cartoon character with a personality. Gertie was in fact part of a live vaudeville show, in which McCay would interact with her, and eventually step inside the frame for a ride on her back. In this excerpt from the silent short film, he performs for fellow cartoonists who have bet him that he can't bring a dinosaur to life. 

To watch this film in its entirety, visit the Internet Archive. Winsor McCay's first animated film can be seen here

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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