Sign in or register
for additional privileges

Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author

You appear to be using an older verion of Internet Explorer. For the best experience please upgrade your IE version or switch to a another web browser.

Performance, Page 50

When he designed both Little Nemo (1911), Winsor McCay chose to retain the conceit of the lightning-sketch as the motivating force from which his animation sprang. McCay played himself as animator, a character somewhere between a circus ringmaster and an interlocutor in a blackface minstrel show.

The setup for his early shorts was simple: McCay would make a bet with friends and fellow artists such as George McManus and Tom Powers, or comic film star John Bunny, about his ability to make still drawings come to life. A series of scenes then laid out the intense labor of cartooning, with McCay as the sole craftsman toiling over thousands of drawings, aided only by bumbling assistants. These performance films offered the spectacle of melding two distinct modes of presenting the act of animation, the lightning sketch and the cartoon proper.


Comment on this page
 

Discussion of "Performance, Page 50"

Add your voice to this discussion.

Checking your signed in status ...

Previous page on path Performance, page 10 of 25 Next page on path

Related:  Labor, Page 123Space, Page 181Labor, Page 96Race, Page 239Performance, Page 54Performance, Page 52Race, Page 230Performance, Page 74Space, Page 146Performance, Page 45Race, Page 213Conclusion, Page 298Conclusion, Page 291Race, Page 206Labor, Page 115Labor, Page 129Labor, Page 133Conclusion, Page 302Performance, Page 44Performance, Page 70Conclusion, Page 286Labor, Page 110Performance, Page 84Conclusion, Page 273Race, Page 231Conclusion, Page 289Space, Page 193Labor, Page 88Race, Page 254Race, Page 229Performance, Page 47Performance, Page 35Space, Page 152Space, Page 182Introduction, Page 14Performance, Page 82Space, Page 194Space, Page 175Labor, Page 122Labor, Page 132Space, Page 150Performance, Page 77Space, Page 188Race, Page 232Performance, Page 46Introduction, Page 29Space, Page 148Conclusion, Page 290Race, Page 221Race, Page 247Labor, Page 109Performance, Page 56Space, Page 143Space, Page 165Space, Page 155Space, Page 178Performance, Page 72Race, Page 252Space, Page 138Space, Page 183Labor, Page 113Space, Page 172Performance, Page 34Conclusion, Page 296Labor, Page 98Race, Page 258Introduction, Page 21Labor, Page 112Race, Page 225Performance, Page 60Conclusion, Page 292Space, Page 187Conclusion, Page 303Labor, Page 101Space, Page 170Introduction, Page 6Race, Page 251Conclusion, Page 304Race, Page 224Performance, Page 42Conclusion, Page 278Race, Page 235Space, Page 197Introduction, Page 2Race, Page 220Space, Page 189Race, Page 261Space, Page 162Space, Page 191Introduction, Page 1Race, Page 204Race, Page 253Conclusion, Page 275Introduction, Page 4Performance, Page 41Space, Page 141Introduction, Page 30Race, Page 248Performance, Page 78Introduction, Page 9Performance, Page 43Conclusion, Page 284Conclusion, Page 300Labor, Page 97Space, Page 177Labor, Page 128Labor, Page 119Space, Page 190Space, Page 163Introduction, Page 23