Monday, January 28, 2008

The History of Animation 5 - Windsor McCay: The Sinking of the Lusitania (1918)


"The Sinking of the Lusitania, released in 1918, is an animated short film by American artist Winsor McCay. It features a short 12 minute explanation of the sinking of RMS Lusitania after it was struck by two torpedoes* fired from a German U-boat. The film was one of many animated silent films published to create anti-German sentiment during World War I. It runs on 35 mm film, commonly used by McCay in other productions such as How a Mosquito Operates, and Little Nemo. McCay illustrated some 25,000 drawings for the production. The film is stylized as a documentary, informing viewers on details from the actual event, including a moment by moment recap, casualty list, and a list of prominent figures who were killed. A modern edition was released on DVD in January 1999."

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