Artist of the moment……….The original animator Winsor Mccay



Winsor Mccay was a wonderful American artist who is given credit for producing the first animated clips which include mosquitos, a dinosaur, and a character named Nemo which was a comic strip developed by the artist that began in 1904.

Winsor Mccay was born in Spring Lake, Michigan in the year 1867.

Below we view the original cartoon produced by Mccay from 1911 that features the character Little Nemo:

In this clip we view one of Mccay’s early animated works. Remember this is more than 100 years ago and every scene is hand drawn with just minor alterations. This work was executed in 1912:

Gertie the dinosaur was among his most popular films. In this work Mccay appears to be giving instructions to a dinosaur. This immediately reminded me of the animated cartoon How to Train Your Dragon. Mccay was doing a version of this nearly one century earlier!

Mccay worked for the newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst for much of his career.

The artist is also known by his first name, Zenas.

The artist was also a wonderful performer and did some work in vaudeville. His job was to draw and animate his cartoon characters before a live audience and band. Mccay would draw 25 sketches in 15 minutes before the audience. The show was a great success. The artist was even invited to tour Europe, but contract problems prohibited them doing from going to Europe.

Barry Mccay passed away in 1934. Unfortunately much of the artist’s film work has been damaged beyond repair.

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