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Winsor McCay (1912) How a Mosquito Operates

How a Mosquito Operates, also known as The Story of a Mosquito is a 1912 silent animated short created by Winsor McCay, and first shown as part of his 'Chalk Talk' Vaudeville act. The short was released to theater in January of 1912.

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McCay and his daughter, "pestered to death by mosquitoes" at their summer home in New Jersey, find a professor who speaks the insects' language. The professor tells McCay to "make a series of drawings to illustrate just how the insect does its deadly work", and after months of work McCay invites the professor to watch the film.*

A man looks around apprehensively before entering his room to go to sleep. A giant mosquito (with top hat and briefcase) flies in through a transom after it finds itself too large to squeeze in through a keyhole. It repeatedly feeds on the sleeping man, who tries in vain to shoo away his assailant. Eventually, the mosquito drinks itself so full that it explodes.

  • This opening Prologue is presumed lost.

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