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GERTIE THE DINOSAUR (1914) is considered the first-ever character animation film, created by pioneering American cartoonist, animator, and impresario, Winsor McCay. In the film, Gertie interacts with her surroundings but also with her creator, McCay, who stands on stage in front of the screen. As a curtain call, McCay “enters the screen” and becomes an animated character to ride on top of Gertie.

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Gertie, Winsor McCay, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Winsor McCay
  • animator
    Winsor McCay
  • background tracing
    John A. Fitzsimmons
  • assistance
    John A. Fitzsimmons
  • reconstruction producer
    Michael Fukushima
    Marcel Jean
  • reconstruction executive producer
    Donald Crafton
    Marco de Blois
    David L. Nathan
  • concept
    David L. Nathan
  • analytic research
    David L. Nathan
  • animation prototype for the encore
    David L. Nathan
  • reconstruction technical director
    Éloi Champagne
  • reconstruction forensic animation
    Luc Chamberland
  • forensic restoration
    Sylvie Marie Fortier
    Éloi Champagne
  • reconstruction original music score
    Gabriel Thibaudeau
  • additional music
    Max Hoffmann
  • script adaptation
    Donald Crafton
  • French translation
    Anne Rogé
  • Italian translation
    Maria Sole Costanzo