Collection Origins of American Animation

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  • The dinosaur and the missing link, a prehistoric tragedy /

    Uses clay animation to tell a story of prehistoric times. Three suitors, named the Duke, Stonejaw Steve, and Theophilus Ivoryhead, compete for the hand of Miss Araminta Rockface. Ivoryhead, an unassuming weakling, wins her hand when the others mistakenly believe that he has killed a large ape which was actually felled by a dinosaur.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1917
  • The first circus /

    During the stone-age the Stonehenge Circus entertained cavemen and women. The circus had a dinosaur that doubled as a trampoline and tightrope for the acrobats.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1921
  • [Gertie on tour--excerpts] /

    Gertie is a dinosaur who lives in present times. She encounters a train and dreams of being the life of the party in her time.

    • Original Format: Film, Video
    • Date: 1921