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Gertie the Dinosaur

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First off, let us establish what Gertie the Dinosaur was not. It was not the first animated cartoon ever made. It was not the first cinematic effort of comic-strip artist Winsor McKay, who'd previously produced Little Nemo and The Story of the Mosquito, and it was not made in 1909, though even by the standards of 1914, its actual release date, it was quite an astounding achievement. What Gertie the Dinosaur was the first universally popular cartoon release, and also the first to exploit the possibilities...more

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