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Default Watch: Meet the First Monster to Destroy New York in a Movie... and It's Not King Kong


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Watch: Meet the First Monster to Destroy New York in a Movie... and It's Not King Kong

Long before KING KONG and whatever that thing was in CLOVERFIELD, there was an animated film called The PET, released in 1921. Created by cartoonist Winsor McCay, who based the short on characters he had created for a comic strip called "Dream of a Rarebit Fiend," The PET runs almost 11 minutes and follows the story of an innocent-looking dog who grows and grows to the point where he's so big he begins storming New York City, eating passing cars and entire buildings. Not only is this said to be the first movie depicting the destruction of New York at the hands of a monster, but also the first motion picture to ever show a giant monster attacking a city.

Eventually, as they also attempted with KING KONG in 1933, a fleet of planes swarm in to try to destroy the rampaging beast... who still looks all adorable and whatnot even though he's completely destroying the city. Awww, look at him eat those buildings. Cute!

Watch the entire short below.

"After eating a rarebit, a man falls asleep and dreams his wife adopts a mysterious animal with an insatiable appetite. The pet eats its milk, the house cat, the house's furnishings, rat poison, and passing vehicles, including airplanes and a blimp, while growing larger and larger. This cartoon is part of a Dream trilogy animated by Winsor McCay in 1921."

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