Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland was first released on July 15, 1989, in Japan.

This film includes several references to Winsor McCay’s other work. For instance, Gertie the Dinosaur is seen holding up a bandstand cover, and Nemo’s mother asks him if he has been “sneaking pies again,” in reference to “Dreams of the Rarebit Fiend.” (x)


Before Godzilla, before Rhedosaurus, before King Kong, before the Brontosaurus, there was… The Pet.

From 1921, pioneer artist Winsor McCay (Little NemoGertie the Dinosaur) made this animated film inspired by his comic strip Dream of the Rarebit Fiend.

Behold the first giant monster movie, ever.