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.