Winsor McCay's First Animation, 'Little Nemo' (1911)

An excerpt from this silent short film dramatizes famous cartoonist Winsor McCay's first foray into moving images. In this excerpt, we see the artist working in the midst of comically huge stacks of paper and barrels of ink before screening the final short animation for his "artist friends." The cartoon begins at 4:40. For more background about Winsor McCay, see Maria Popova's post, The First True Animation: Celebrating Winsor McCay, for The Atlantic. 

To watch this film in its entirety, visit the Internet Archive

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

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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