Gertie is usually considered to be the first animated character. Though not the first animation, all previous work was limited to technology demonstrations. Gertie was created as a performance piece to be shown alongside of a live presenter - the animator Winsor McCay himself - and later adapted with intertitles for cinema presentation.
Bug Vaudeville is one of a series of three animated counterparts to McCay's 'Dreams of a Rarebit Fiend' comic strip. The only source I could find is at an appalingly low resolution, barely larger than thumbnail, but I cleaned it up as best I could.
This video was flagged on youtube as having copyright-infringing audio - which is very odd, as youtube runs on US law and everything before 1923 is in the public domain there on a technicality, and I believe this score is the original by the same composer as Gertie. I supect this is a case of a collecting body making false claims of ownership on ContentID - this isn't unheard of.
Youtube's refusal to so much as respond to my appeal, together with their refusal to respond to my appeal on another video which was a textbook-clear case of fair use, resulted in me removing my videos and closing the account in protest.
This 1936 video is both a full-length theatrical cartoon and an advert for Chevrolet. I am assured by Wikipedia and its presence on Archive.org that this is public-domain now - I assume that somewhere along the line the owning company ceased to exist.
I worked on this video in the hope of solving the problem of spot removal. My efforts proved unsuccessful. Every spot-removal filter I could find, along with my own efforts, all proved ineffective. Any that removed the spots also resulted in serious degredation of the image. This version is almost indistinguishable from the source, which was already of very high quality. The few improvements I did make, like steadying the image, do help with compression.
Electric Tram Rides from Forster Square, Bradford (1902). I didn't put a great deal of effort into this, because I know I'm not working from the highest quality available source - that would only be available if I purchased the DVD. It serves as a demonstration of my dejitter and deflicker filters, as well as a reminder that I was never able to solve the problem of spot-removal.