Google Celebrates 107th Anniversary of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in Slumberland

by on October 15th, 2012

Google celebrates 107th anniversary of Winsor McCay’s Little Nemo in slumberland. Little Nemo is the fictional character in a series of weekly comic strips by Winsor McCay that appeared in the New York Herald and William Randolph Hearst’s New York American newspapers from 1905 – 1914. The strip was first called Little Nemo in Slumberland and then In the Land of Wonderful Dreams. Little Nemo in Slumberland revolved around the nightly dreams of a little boy named Nemo (meaning “nobody” in Latin).

Today’s Doodle from Google is an animated version of little Nemo in slumberland. After Google main page loads, an animated icon appears. If you click that icon, little Nemo story begins where he falls down from bed into a hole. Story is in strips and you have to click certain point at stage after one strip finishes. Really enjoyed it. Below is the whole screenshot of complete story. In the end Nemo falls down from the bed to floor.

The purpose of Nemo’s early dreams was to reach ‘Slumberland’, the realm of King Morpheus, who wanted him as a playmate for his daughter, the Princess. The last panel in each strip was always one of Nemo waking up, usually in or near his bed, and often being scolded (or comforted) by one of the grownups of the household after crying out in his sleep and waking them.

In the earliest strips, the dream event that woke Nemo up would always be some mishap or disaster that seemed about to lead to serious injury or death, such as being crushed by giant mushrooms, being turned into a monkey, falling from a bridge being held up by “slaves”, or gaining 90 years in age.

Later on, when Nemo finally did reach Slumberland, he was constantly being woken up by Flip, a character who originally wore a hat that had ‘Wake Up’ written on it. Flip would go on to be one of the comic’s seminal characters. Other notable recurring characters included: Dr. Pill, The Imp, the Candy Kid and Santa Claus as well as the Princess and King Morpheus.

Winsor Zenic McCay was the American cartoonist and animator, best known for the comic strip Little Nemo.