Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Sinking of the Lusitania, Winsor McCay

Animation by Winsor McCay, drawn in 1918. It's hard to read the titles but it says that there were 25,000 drawings and each one had to be filmed separately. Winsor McCay is perhaps best known for Gertie the Dinosaur from 1914. Gertie is the first film to use keyframe animation.

1 comment:

Ed Howard said...

I just saw this post now. In addition to being an animation pioneer, McCay is of course *also* known for his amazing early comic strips, particularly Little Nemo in Slumberland and Dream of the Rarebit Fiend. Nemo is his most visually dazzling art, with each full-page strip (made to be displayed to best advantage in the *really big* newspapers of the time) a masterpiece of design and color. His comics are overwhelming in their scope and imagination.