The Centaurs, a Fragment (1921)

The only surviving fragment of Winsor McCay's now lost The Centaurs, produced in 1921 by Rialto Productions. The animation is notable for it's particular quality of line and movement way ahead of its time (20 years before Disney would reach such heights with Fantasia) and for a strange little moment when one of the centaurs strikes down a bird with a stone for seemingly no reason. McCay is best known today for his Little Nemo in Slumberland comic strip and for creating, arguably, the first true character in animation, Gertie the Dinosaur.

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