Winsor McCay is best known for his magnificent comic strip Little Nemo in Slumberland, and I wrote a little about his political cartoons here, but his moving cartoons are startling examples of the nascent film industry's very earliest animated works. My favorite is from the Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend series (about a guy whose wife adopts a tiny creature that grows when given food until it's large enough to swallow the earth) and it isn't on Youtube, but while looking for it I came across this incredible fragment about Centaurs from one of his lost works (the original was damaged due to improper storage). The kids and I just sat watching it in total silence. Beautiful. And who doesn't love a baby centaur?
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