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Matt Hawes
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Posted: 04 October 2019 at 3:15pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Quite possibly the earliest comic strip adaptation on film:


By Thomas Edison's studio, based on Winsor McCay's syndicated comic strip. McCay was the creator of "Little Nemo in Slumberland," and pioneered film animation with such cartoons as "Gertie The Dinosaur. "

Note: As most here would know, films did not have sound originally. All sounds in this video were added years later

And here is one of the very first animated films by Winsor McCay:

This one is from 1911, and features characters from McCay's most famous strip, "Little Nemo in Slumberland." In the live-action sequences, when McCay is explaining animation to his colleagues, we have the once-famous comedian John Bunny, and McCay's fellow artist George McManus among them. Note the hand colored animation, too!

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Posted: 05 October 2019 at 3:21pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

Thanks! I have a DVD of McCay's animation, but I hadn't thought to look online for Edison's adaptation.

The strip adapted.

Winsor McCay biographer John Canemaker suggests the adaptation misses the subtext of the dreamer being a woman, and the arrow of the weathervane catching her nightie between her legs.
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Ah, but sometimes a weathervane is just a weathervane, eh?
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