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Gertie the Dinosaur 1914 Winsor McCay Hand-Painted Ltd Ed Animation Cel Framed 1994

Gertie the Dinosaur 1914 Winsor McCay Hand-Painted Ltd Ed Animation Cel Framed 1994

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FRAMED Hand-Painted Limited Edition Cel, 1994
"Gertie the Dinosaur"
by Tooniversal and the Estate of Winsor McCay

Comes Matted and Framed and with the Original Seal and Certificate of Authenticity

Gertie the Dinosaur is a 1914 animated short film by American cartoonist and animator Winsor McCay. It is the earliest animated film to feature a dinosaur. McCay first used the film before live audiences as an interactive part of his vaudeville act; the frisky, childlike Gertie did tricks at the command of her master. McCay's employer William Randolph Hearst curtailed McCay's vaudeville activities, so McCay added a live-action introductory sequence to the film for its theatrical release renamed Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist, and Gertie. McCay abandoned a sequel, Gertie on Tour (c. 1921), after producing about a minute of footage. Although Gertie is popularly thought to be the earliest animated film, McCay had earlier made Little Nemo (1911) and How a Mosquito Operates (1912).

The image in this limited edition is taken from the final moments of the film when Winsor and Gertie take a bow together! Recreated from actual film frames, the limited edition was created in the exact line and color style of the original film. Gertie and the background are hand-inked several shades of grey and black. McCay is painted in black and white. It includes a rice-paper background the also recreates the look of the film (so it is slightly more yellow in person). The seal is a facsimile of Winsor McCay's signature and comes with the original Certificate of Authenticity.

This was created in 1994 and is #200 out of #250 - though we're not sure if the edition was fully created, as a "prototype" was sold at Heritage in 2020, claiming they did not follow through with the full edition. It measures approximately 18 5/8" x 17".

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