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

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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

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

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg's work in media spans documentary television, advertising, and print. As a producer in the Viewer Created Content division of Al Gore's Current TV, she acquired and produced short documentaries by independent filmmakers around the world. Post-Current, she worked as a producer and strategist at Urgent Content, developing consumer-created and branded nonfiction campaigns for clients including Cisco, Ford, and GOOD Magazine. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University, where she was co-creator and editor in chief of H BOMB Magazine.

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