Gertie the Dinosaur
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Gertie the Dinosaur

1914
Comedy
Animation
Short Film
12m
Winsor Z. McCay bets with some other drawers, who can't believe that he's able to draw a dinosaur. So he draws a big friendly herbivore called Gertie. Then he get into his own picture. Gertie walks through the picture, eats a tree, meets her creator, and takes him carefully on her back for a ride. (imdb)
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Gertie the Dinosaur

1914
Comedy
Animation
Short Film
12m
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Rated 16 Jul 2011
53
53rd
... and then they went out and beat up a bunch of working class people for sport.
Rated 27 Oct 2009
80
57th
This was probably blowing people's mind grapes in 1914, and rightfully so.
Rated 02 Jan 2022
65
63rd
One of the first ever animated shorts, very impresive for the time and Gertie´s dancing has a lot of meme potencial
Rated 24 Sep 2009
60
47th
Interesting as a piece of history, and kind of cute, but rather crude, like so many films -- animated and otherwise -- that are this old. After all, in those days they were just learning how to make movies. My favorite part is where Gertie swallows the boulder. Talk about gallstones
Rated 25 Aug 2007
90
96th
An amazing technical achievement for the time. All fans of illustration, comics, and animation absolutely must see this magnum opus from the first great practitioner of the form.
Rated 05 Jan 2009
80
75th
It's about as primitive as animation can get, and yet, it still holds up today. It's still cute, it's still funny, and you can't help but admire the sheer amount of effort McCay put into his work, and all on his own.
Rated 26 Oct 2010
100
97th
McCay was perhaps the greatest draftsman in an era full of them. He is the first animator who could make you forget you were watching a cartoon. He gave drawings personality. Gertie is real!
Rated 10 Feb 2011
35
20th
It's really important in terms of the development of animation, and Gertie can be cute. But that was brought down by the fact that it feels like one of the longest 12-minutes ever.
Rated 26 Jul 2011
73
53rd
Considering how early this was made, it's really hard to fault. I feel sorry for Jumbo, though.
Rated 02 Apr 2008
70
61st
Still fun.
Rated 05 Dec 2013
86
84th
A pretty spectacular short film. I don't actually care much for the animated section itself, but the way it has been framed in this is particular special and very celebratory of this emerging art-form.
Rated 28 Nov 2012
50
18th
Only 50, but i'm not comparing it to modern animations.
Rated 05 Apr 2017
75
66th
Oh no Gertie, what did you do to Jumbo?!
Rated 05 Oct 2008
25
17th
For it's time, it's great, but it's far too long. Too much time is spent with nothing happening. Has unsurprisingly not really passed the test of time. Interesting to see though.
Rated 23 Dec 2015
90
72nd
Hand drawn animation single-handedly by one of the great comic art AND animation pioneers.
Rated 06 Jan 2022
62
80th
omg not jumbo!
Rated 08 Jun 2023
60
35th
It's about as dull as dishwater now, but had I seen this in 1914, I'm sure I would have gasped (and maybe become a paleontologist). Favorite moment: Gertie flinging a mammoth into a lake and then doing a victory dance. (Actually, I think half the movie shows the dancing "dinosaurus.")
Rated 30 Mar 2017
71
51st
Cute early animation. And unlike other early films, this one actually includes several genuinely funny jokes!
Rated 27 Feb 2009
70
61st
Interesting.
Rated 08 Feb 2011
73
67th
Pretty cool and cute. The ending is so awesome
Rated 21 Nov 2007
86
63rd
An interesting look at the start of hand-drawn animation.
Rated 06 Dec 2010
79
77th
Really impressive, considering the time period. Sure, it has unnecessary buildup and the animation tends to repeat itself, but whatever man. Seeing a dinosaur throw a mammoth into a lake makes up for any flaws.
Rated 29 Nov 2008
68
70th
Holy crap, was this guy good, for one of the first animators in history that is!
Rated 18 Apr 2014
60
54th
This dude spent six months drawing a cartoon dinosaur to win a bet for a dinner? These are like the bad guys in Trading Places if they had a habit of doodling on the side. Also, it's obvious that McCay was using Chinese immigrant slave labor to trace the backgrounds, and half the movie is Gertie dancing. Also, she swallows a rock? I'm pretty sure we at least knew enough about dinosaurs in 1914 to know they didn't eat fucking rocks. This film should've gone extinct!
Rated 28 Jan 2009
70
48th
Pretty adorable, and McCay totally fooled me.
Rated 24 Mar 2009
75
56th
100 years ago animated features actually featured animation
Rated 16 Feb 2014
75
56th
In context, this is quite amazing and awe-inspiring, but by today's standards no one would think to give it the time of day. Still, charming at heart. Thank you McCay, grandfather of animation.
Rated 15 Jun 2011
98
88th
Gertie so gangsta
Rated 24 Sep 2014
79
49th
Windsor McCay looks like John Waters.
Rated 30 Sep 2009
90
95th
Awesome! Much better than some of the Disney of the early years animation-wise.
Rated 11 Aug 2007
90
86th
A difficult film to appreciate today, as it was never intended to stand alone but was used by McCay as part of a live act. The whole show was recreated by the Disney Studios as part of "The Tricks of Our Trade" episode of the DISNEYLAND TV series, and there you finally get a feeling for what it must have been like to see this ground-breaking animation event as it was intended to be seen.
Rated 21 Dec 2008
77
51st
Gertie's pretty cute, but also a little bit creepy. All in all, a pretty entertaining short.

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