Gertie the Dinosaur. 1914. USA. Directed by Winsor McCay. Silent, with musical accompaniment. Approx 8 min.

After dinner, the animator is asked by his friends to make his drawing of a dinosaur move. Much to their surprise, it does! McCay’s short was voted to the National Film Registry in 1991 and is cited as one of the earliest surviving animated films.

Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed (The Adventures of Prince Achmed). 1926. Germany. Directed by Lotte Reiniger. Silent, with musical accompaniment. 62 min.

Animation by Reiniger, Walter Ruttmann. This fairy tale recounts the story of Prince Achmed’s travels, loves, and reunion with his paternal kingdom. Made using the silhouettes of paper cutouts, it is often cited as the first feature-length animated film. Print courtesy Milestone Films

  1. Friday, March 18,
    1:30 p.m.

    Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3

  2. Wednesday, March 2,
    1:30 p.m.

    Mezzanine, Education and Research Center, Theater 3

This film accompanies Modern Matinees: An Animation Omnibus.