Just kidding! "Best of" lists are dumb. This is better.
August 15, 2011 | 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 the 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. More