Animation Cel of German Submarine U-39

The Sinking of the Lusitania 1918 Winsor McCay Studios

Winsor McCay was the most influential early pioneer of animation, and can be called the father of modern animation. Beginning with Little Nemo in 1911, McCay produced what was the first sequence of animation that was actually a cartoon with known characters. In Little Nemo and Gertie the Dinosaur (1914) he used drawings on rice paper for each frame of the cartoon. Starting with this film, The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918) he began the use of celluloids (or "cels") to replace the rice paper. Each frame from this film was painted on frosted nitrate cels.

Animation Cel of German Submarine U-39

 
Film title: The Sinking of the Lusitania
 
Image title: Sold - The German Sub That Sunk the Lusitania
 
Year: 1918
 
Width of Image: 9.00 inches
 
Height of Image: 7.00 inches
 
Width of Art: 9.00 inches
 
Height of Art: 3.00 inches
 
 
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This is an original production cel of the ocean and waves and the German submarine U-39 that sank the Lusitania on May 7, 1915 killing more than 1,000 people. When the film opened in 1918, the documentary style along with the incredibly realistic animation mesmerized audiences as if they were viewing the actual event. Note the meticulous and dramatic rendering of the waves. The cel is inscribed: This is one of my original drawings Winsor McCay.

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