Little Nemo, creepy?

Sorry I took last week off. We went to the Green River in Kentucky, where a friend of ours has a farm. The drive took up all my available time on Friday, and then when we came back I spent Tuesday doing laundry (our dogs came back with fleas!) and prepping class. But regularity is the soul of blogging, so I’m going to work hard to keep on schedule.

On to today’s post, and back to the early 20th century.

Today in HIST 1500: History of American Comics at Webster University, we were looking at Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo. One of my students asked, “Is this the same as that movie that creeped me out as a kid?”  I immediately pulled up the Little Nemo animated film on YouTube (my daughter and I had looked at the first section of it last night), and the answer is “Yes.”  Several students in the class responded that it had creeped them out when they were children as well.  So now I have to watch it (I can get a DVD of it at the supermarket for $6) to see if it’s okay for my daughter to watch.  I guess it’s Nemo’s exploration of his nightmares that the students found so creepy. While I’ve never heard anything positive about the film, it’s interesting that Jean “Mobius” Giraud wrote the story (with Yutaka Fujioka) and Ray Bradbury is credited with the concept (and Mickey Rooney played Flip!).

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One Comment on “Little Nemo, creepy?”

  1. Diana Says:

    The film has its moments. It handles the classic spiral staircase sequence well, at least.
    Other notable Little Nemo animation includes McCay’s own work, of course, and the Tom Petty music video “running down a dream”.
    Be careful of the supermarket DVD- it’s probably a pan & scan, and this is relatively easy to get letterboxed. It’s visually strong and deserves to be seen widescreen, even with its problems.
    Funny- most of my comic history students knew the character from the game and not the movie!
    Hope the family is clean & healthy, especially the pooch!

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