Winsor McCay – Little Nemo

4 04 2010

Winsor McCay was one of the early pioneers of the animated film, as exemplified by this animated rendition of his popular comic strip ‘Little Nemo’. It exhibits fluid movement, metamorphosis and a clear love of the drawn image (one of the main characters draws another character into existence and McCay’s hand also makes a brief appearance at the end).

It’s important to note that McCay’s early animated films were all personally hand rendered, although he did employ someone to re-trace the background landscape on his later animation ‘Gertie the Dinosaur’. I should also point out that this was just before the invention of the acetate (1914), which spawned the industrial time-saving practices of cel-based animation.

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