Google have really outdone themselves with today’s themed “Doodle” on their search engine landing page. Based on Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland cartoon strip, we’d go as far as saying it’s the best Google Doodle ever.
And that’s saying something, especially since we have to hold up our hands and admit to have never having heard of Little Nemo before today. Mirroring the McCay tale, Google’s Doodle (dubbed “Little Nemo in Google-land”) sees the titular character fall from his bed and tumble through a series of animated, dream-like panels. It’s really very wonderful.
Check it out by clicking here.
The Doodle is to mark the 107th anniversary of Little Nemo. McCay originally published Little Nemo under the pseudonym “Silas” setting the series in the nightly dreams of a small boy named Nemo.
McCay is also considered one of the godfathers of animation; his animated film Gertie the Dinosaur is of historic significance to animators and film buffs alike, as it was the first animated feature to star what film historians consider the first likeable, realistic personality belonging to an animated character. In other words, it’s the missing-link to modern-day Disney films.
For more on McCay, who passed away in 1934, visit his Wiki page here.