Monday, 8 March 2010

Winsor Mccay: Little Nemo, Gertie the Dinosaur and The Sinking of the Lusitania

Today I watched three short films by Winsor Mccay. Little Nemo, Gertie the Dinosaur and The Sinking of the Lusitania.

All three animations starts the same but are very different. Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur starts with the creator Winsor Mccay talking to his friends/colleagues, we then see him finishing his frames and show them to one of his friends/colleagues, only to have the order of his animations muddled up by Mccay's assistant. Finally he presents his animation to his friends/colleagues. They way the animation start with Mccay is done in a comedic fashion. The difference between Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur is that Little Nemo has a weird trippy effect, which I soon learned that Nemo and the other casts are from a comic by Winsor Mccay, and the comic is about a world of dreams. Which is why Little Nemo didn't make too much sense because in the world of dreams, nothing make sense.

Gertie the Dinosaur was showing that dinosaurs can have exaggerating facial expressions, we can see them be happy, grumpy or sad. Which make Gertie more lovable. Another interesting idea that was done on this animation was the interaction between the cartoon and the human, even though we don't see a real human interacting with a cartoon,it did however gave us the illusion that Mccay was really interacting with Gertie.

However The Sinking of the Lusitania has a different intro. It shows Mccay working hard on this animation with some of his workers to make this animation. The story of the Lusitania is that it was attacked by a German submarine's torpedo and sank to the bottom of the sea. This was the most frightening event I have ever seen I think what ive's this animation more emotional effect is that it was done in 2D animation, and since cartoons are always aimed at children. Seeing that, hand drawn with so much grim really show that animation doesn't necessary have to carry a child like atmosphere to be entertaining or meaningful.

All I have left to say is watching Winsor Mccay's animations really gave me a new way of looking into animations.

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