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Winsor McCay's 'The Flying House' - 1921 masterpiece

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Winsor McCay's 'The Flying House' - 1921 masterpiece

Postby Charles » Wed Dec 12, 2012 1:37 pm

Many years before Pixar featured a similar theme in "Up" the great Winsor McCay, perhaps the greatest animator who ever lived, was having fun portraying pretty much the same thing in 1921 with his incredible film "The Flying House".

I've never seen this work of his before until a chance viewing on YouTube today and decided to share it with the AN community. It's a remarkable achievement even in our own time. The level of craftsmanship involved especially considering where animation was at technically 91 years ago makes this an even more astonishing artistic accomplishment.

Thanks to a Kickstarter campaign initiated by Bill Plympton last year McCay's masterpiece has been restored and is now available for all to see, experience, ponder and enjoy... in color and with voices! You can buy the DVD through Mr. Plympton's site at this link. Meanwhile take a look at what Winsor McCay was doing at a time when the art of animation was still a toddler in diapers...

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