Influence of Winsor McCay on cinema

A couple of days ago, I reviewed Winsor McCay's Dream of the Rarebit Fiend, a gargantuan and lovingly produced book designed, edited, and published by Ulrich Merkl.

Joshua Glenn of the Boston Globe has created a slideshow with audio commentary that show McCay's influence on cinema.

Picture 7-22 With Merkl's aid, I've produced a Brainiac audio slideshow demonstrating the influence of Winsor McCay's imagination and sense of humor on "L'Age d'Or," "King Kong," "Dumbo," "Mary Poppins," and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" -- which, as you know, Merkl argues in "Rarebit Fiend." Stats: 3 1/2 minutes long, 57 fabulous images, one narrator who hates the sound of his voice.


  1. hurray for winsor mckay! I still remember watching Gerti the Dinosaur in intro to animation class. The movement is bizarre but ground breaking.

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