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The Animated Centaurs That Predate Fantasia By Decades

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Below the jump is the only remaining fragment of Winsor McCay's 1921 animation The Centaurs. It was produced by Rialto Productions and there's a certain charm to it. Except for the centaur foal at the end, which is just creepy.

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From The Public Domain Review entry:

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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Between the baby's face and the casual bird killing, there's something a little unnerving about this piece. Just a bit.

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Michael_GR
Michael_GR

that's amazing. And now I realize I've never even thought of what a baby centaur looked like, nor have I seen one depicted before - and it's obvious why. Babytaur is creepy as fuck.

The casual, non-sexual display of nudity is intriguing. Was this meant to be displayed in public? I'm not sure if it was that showing female breasts was acceptable in 1921 (pre Hays Code) or that animation didn't count.