Gertie, the trained dinosaur stomped onto the screen in 1909, laboriously animated frame by frame by cartoonist
Winsor McCay, well known for his classic comic strip “Little Nemo.”
Discussing the new invention of motion pictures, a cartooning colleague, George McManus (“The Newlyweds” and “Bringing Up Father”), bet that McCay couldn’t draw all of the 10,000-plus drawings needed to make an animated version of the movie.
McCay went ahead to prove him wrong and figured out how to get his sketches one by one onto film.
He opened Gertie for vaudeville audiences with a show like this: Dressed up as a lion tamer, he issued orders so it looked like he was taming the animated creature.
Meanwhile, Gertie the dinosaur ate everything in sight.
Despite the limited plot line, the technology amazed everyone and began an animation revolution.