Today Google changed their logo to celebrate the 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo comic. Whenever you hear anyone talk about the roots of traditional animation, or the illusion of life, you hear the name Winsor McCay. He was a great pioneer of his time, and made way for future traditional animation enthusiasts.

His comic Little Nemo originally ran in newspapers between 1905 and 1914. It has been adapted for the stage, screen, even a Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) video game release, titled “Little Nemo: The Dream Master.” Which I can remember playing quiet a bit.

Actors Benefit for Crippled Children, Winsor McCay sketching 1908

Winsor McCay’s comic Little Nemo

I did a video capture of the Google animation.
Watch Google’s Tribute to Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo – Click Here

Here are a few related Winsor McCay goodies you should check out:

Winsor McCay – The Master Edition DVD

Gives a great background story on Winsor McCay:
http://www.amazon.com/Winsor-McCay-The-Master-Edition/dp/B0001UZWNY/

Little Nemo (1911 35mm Partially Hand Colored)

Little Nemo (1989 Full Movie)

Little Nemo – The Dream Master (NES Gameplay)

These are just some of the great things to come about from Winsor McCay’s character Little Nemo. To find out more simply google “Winsor McCay” or “Little Nemo”. Google is asking for it!

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Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee

Lavalle Lee has been creating animated cartoons online since 1999/2000 for his website flashcartoons.org. The cartoons on the site have gained viral video status reaching millions of viewers online. In 2009, Lavalle started learning hand drawn animation from Don Bluth in his animation classes, as well as attending his Masterclasses in Arizona. He has also personally studied animation and visual effects from Veteran Disney animators.

Lavalle is widely known in the animation industry as the creator of the TraditionalAnimation.com website. After seeing that most animation sites were about all types of animation, not any specific to classical hand drawn animation, Lavalle knew Traditional Animation needed to be represented online. TraditionalAnimation.com has become the leading website and social media account for all things 2D. The website served as inspiration for “The Traditional Animation Show” in which Lavalle was both producer and host.

His partnership with Don Bluth began when he championed the Dragon's Lair Indiegogo campaign as lead project manager, editor, and in-betweener. The campaign reached $730,000 dollars to produce a 7-minute pitch video. After ten years of learning from Don Bluth and working together on the Dragon’s Lair pitch, Lavalle accepted the position as Vice President of Don Bluth's new company Don Bluth Studios.

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