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Three Ages (1923) - The Stone Age

by Nicholas Sammond

In this sequence from Three Ages, Buster Keaton as a stone age man rides on a dinosaur towards the woman he is infatuated by. This scene is done using animation, with the scenery and movements of the dinosaur directly echoing those of one of the very first animation performances, Winsor McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur." More specifically, Keaton references the very last part of McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur," in which an animation of McCay himself is shown riding the dinosaur. In this original version, the inclusion of the animator speaks to the power of the journey in animation, the sweeping of animator and audience into the animation. By recreating this scene, Keaton shifts these implications into film, and the field of claymation (manipulating within the context of "real" objects).

Three Ages (1923) - The Stone Age

In this scene from Buster Keaton's Three Ages (1923), Keaton rides a dinosaur in the Stone Age in order to go reunite with the girl he loves. The animated sequence mimics one of the first animation performances, Winsor McCay's "Gertie the Dinosaur."

from Three Ages (1923)
Creator: Buster Keaton
Posted by Nicholas Sammond