The first American animated cartoon, 1909: Winsor McCay played vaudville theaters with Gertie, the Trained Dinosaur, in a tour that introduced Americans to their first glimpse of animation.
McCay appeared at the side of the stage in evening dress. He introduced Gertie, an amible dinosaur that appeared on the screen and did tricks more or less at her master's bidding. As you can see in this animated gif, Gertie did a little dance. She also lifted her foot on command, drank water from the lake, and tossed a woolly mammoth by the tail.