Winsor audience. The setting for the animation Gertie

Winsor McCay presented his animation Gertie the Dinosaur in Chicago during 1914. Gertie was a prehistoric brontosaurus creature that McCay brought to life on stage by giving Gertie tasks and character traits to perform for the audience. The setting for the animation Gertie the Dinosaur was in an open area with a rock cave on one side of Gertie and a lake on the other side. The background consisted of mountains and the foreground consisted of a tree and other various plants. As for the attitude and tone of the film, the music helped a great deal with gathering the audience’s attention and mimicking what was occurring with Gertie. The title cards throughout the film also help with the telling of the story and it informed the audience as to what Gertie may be doing. Since it is a silent animation film the title cards were extremely helpful.  The character design was very thought out and detailed. Gertie displayed an immense personality. In the beginning of the film, Gertie was very timid and shy about coming out and saying hello to the audience when McCay told her to. As Gertie gets more comfortable her bubbly personality comes out and entertains the viewers. Fertile goes through a whirlwind of emotions from happy to sad. When Gertie is approached by another animal named Dumbo she gets nervous but soon becomes adapted to Dumbo’s presence. Throughout the animation, Gertie displays great personality and McKay includes amazing character design. The framing and composition of the film is very traditional. It is evident that each frame is hand drawn and the use of repetition from frame to frame allows for better flow of the film. The film is very well done in when it came to coherence and unity since it kept the attention on Gertie. One particularly good example of this is towards the end of the film when McKay draws himself into the animation and has Gertie take him for a ride on her back.  The animation Gertie the Dinosaur by Winsor McCay was very well written and presented given the time period and technology available for production. The character design of Gertie was done very well in regards to her personality. The framing and composition of the film was also on point with the character. Overall, Gertie the Dinosaur was a quality animation by Winsor McCay.