''Little Nemo'' (originally ''Little Nemo in Slumberland'', much later renamed for copyright reasons to ''In the Land of Wonderful Dreams''), was a weekly Sunday comic strip written by Creator/WinsorMcCay, which ran from 1905 to 1914. It featured the strange and surreal dreams of a young boy named Nemo. Strips often ended with Nemo waking up from terrifying situations his dreams had led him to.

In 1911 [=McCay=] produced a short animated film entitled ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcSp2ej2S00 Winsor McCay, the Famous Cartoonist of the N.Y. Herald and his Moving Comics]]'', also known simply as ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Nemo_(1911_film) Little Nemo]]'', featuring characters from ''Little Nemo'' comic strip. The film is considered an early landmark in animation and was admitted to the NationalFilmRegistry.

Years and years of Sunday strips, now in the PublicDomain in the US, can be found in [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/ The Comic Strips Library]].

A Live-Adaptation was made in 1984, titled ''Film/{{Nemo}}'' or ''Dream One'', and a feature-length AnimatedAdaptation, ''Anime/LittleNemoAdventuresInSlumberland'', was produced in the late Eighties. A video game adaptation, ''[[VideoGame/LittleNemoTheDreamMaster Little Nemo: The Dream Master]]'', was released by {{Capcom}} for the NES in 1990, as well as an arcade game named simply ''Nemo''. Comic book publisher Creator/IDWPublishing and writer Eric Shanower began a sequel series, ''Return to Slumberland'', in which a modern child named Nemo is invited to Slumberland to become the princess's new playmate.

The music video for Music/TomPetty and the Heartbreakers' "Runnin' Down a Dream" is an homage to the strips, as is the Music/{{Genesis}} song "Scenes from a Night's Dream". Its 107th anniversary was celebrated by a very lengthy [[http://www.google.com/doodles/107th-anniversary-of-little-nemo-in-slumberland Google Doodle]] on Website/{{Google}}'s site.

Has nothing to do with ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'', in case you were wondering.

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!!''Little Nemo'' provides examples of the following tropes:

* AbusiveParents: Nemo's parents threaten to spank him for things that he does in his sleep that he really has no control over, like falling out of bed, yelling in his sleep, and even kicking the covers off his bed. [[ValuesDissonance Pretty standard parenting for 1905]].
* AllJustADream
* AprilFoolsDay
* BanisterSlide: Nemo and Flip slide down a very long and winding banister in one issue, which ends up going in zig-zags, wavy bumps, and cork screws. It was later also done in the movie.
* BarbieDollAnatomy: There are a surprising amount of nude scenes, but both Nemo and Princess Camille lack anything resembling genitals or nipples.
* BedmateReveal: There is one installment of the comic strip where Nemo wakes up, thinking his dream has ended, and to his suprise sees Flip in bed next to him, meaning he's still dreaming.
* BlackBeadEyes
* CapturedByCannibals: During the Candy Island story arch this happens to Nemo and Flip.
* CatapultNightmare: At the end of about [[OncePerEpisode every strip]].
* ChristmasEpisode: There was one just about every year.
* CigarChomper: Flip
* ComicBookTime: Although it's also heavily {{Lampshaded}} at times, with characters complaining they feel like they've waited "for weeks" for something to happen.
* CyclicTrope: [=McKay=] enjoyed a publishing environment that allowed an extravagant art style that subsequent generations of sequential artists would be unable to approach until WebComics became practical.
* DreadfulMusician:
** [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=419&full=1 This comic.]]
** It also happens with Flip in [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=698&full=1 this comic.]]
* DreamLand
* DreamWithinADream
* TheEdwardianEra
* EveryEpisodeEnding: Nemo either falling out of bed or being woken up at the end of each comic.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: The early strips concern the king's subjects' various attempts to simply get Nemo to the flipping palace. This always goes awry.
* FrameBreak: Among its many fourth-wall gags.
* FloorboardFailure: In Little Nemo in Slumberland, Nemo and Flip are served a new kind of breakfast food that gives them a BalloonBelly. The chairs start to collapse underneath their weight, and then the floors, leading to the entire house being demolished.
* ForTheEvulz: Pretty much Flip's entire motivating force, at first.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: Happened to Flip and Nemo once when [[ExtremeOmnigoat a goat ate their clothes.]]
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** In one comic there's a giant named Boob. Hearing someone say "Wait until I see that Boob!" can make modern readers chuckle.
** "I want to stop and rest a bit, I'm fagged out from running!"
* HeelFaceTurn: Flip does one in the comic, starting out as the main antagonist by waking Nemo up from his dream to eventually becoming Nemo's friend. Though he was never really "evil" per se, but more of a nuisance. Much later in the comic, he [[FaceHeelTurn went back to being a nuisance again.]] Being a nuisance was only the beginning for Flip. His vindictiveness was what caused the real damage. Whenever the people of Slumberland took measures to keep him from ruining their events by being a major nuisance, he retaliated, often ending up wreaking havoc on parts of Slumberland (or having his uncle melt them). At one point, he has his uncle melt down the whole city. Oddly enough, this same tendency is what also what starts his HeelFaceTurn as he saves the group after they're captured by pirates.
* IHitYouYouHitTheGround: The (possible) {{Trope Maker|s}}.
* ImAHumanitarian: The natives of Candy Island try to eat Nemo and his friends.
* TheImp: The Imp (yeah, that is his name too).
* IWishItWereReal: In one comic Nemo wakes up and wishes Flip were real.
* KidHero
* MadeASlave: When Flip captures Imp and introduces him to Nemo, he essentially says [[UnfortunateImplications "He belongs to me now."]] There's a reason Imp doesn't show up in the animated movie.
* MaleFrontalNudity: In an installment where Nemo is taking a bath and ends up swimming through the sea, climbing onto an iceberg and getting chased by a polar bear. Of course, [[SceneryCensor we don't actually ''see'' anything]], but he is naked the entire time.
* MediumAwareness:
** In [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=417&full=1 one installment]], Nemo, Flip and Imp are so hungry that they begin tearing off lines from their comic panels and knocking down letters from the ''Little Nemo in Slumberland'' logo, eating them. Nemo worries that this will upset the artist but Flip maintains that it will [[RageAgainstTheAuthor teach the person who draws them a lesson.]] When Flip asks what's in the letters they're eating Nemo replies that it's printer's ink as far as he knows.
** And something similar happens in [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=518&full=1 this comic]], where eventually the entire panel collapses on itself and Nemo complains to the artist.
* NightmareSequence
* NonIronicClown: Though Flip's being a [[CigarChomper cigar-chomping]] {{T|heTrickster}}rickster is somewhat ironic, he's far from a MonsterClown.
* OminousOwl: It is averted by the owl in the comics from 1910, when Nemo is touring Earth in his dreams.
* PajamaCladHero: The title character.
* PigLatin: The Professor (who is not to be confused with Professor Genius from the movie) speaks only in Pig Latin.
* PoliceAreUseless: [[http://www.comicstriplibrary.org/display.php?id=680&full=1 McCay lampshades it.]]
* PostModernism: With all of the lampshading, MediumAwareness, RageAgainstTheAuthor and the like, it's probably the UrExample. Very much ahead of its time.
* PublicDomainCharacter
* PuppyLove: Nemo and the Princess, in-universe.
* RecurringDreams: The entire comic. Suffice to say, if your dreams keep continuing every night as an ongoing story arc, it's time to see a shrink.
* RememberTheNewGuy: The Professor mainly debuted this way because he was first introduced in a popular ''Little Nemo'' stage show based on the comics, which also makes him a CanonImmigrant.
* SaveTheVillain: When Flip was still the antagonist Nemo did save him a few times, most notably when King Morpheus' firing squad was about ready to execute Flip, and Nemo ran in front of him to stop it. Of course Flip was less than grateful, because in the next installment he convinces his Uncle Dawn to bring forth the sun and ruin the King's Thanksgiving dinner by waking everyone up.
* SceneryPorn
* ShowDontTell: Boy howdy, in the early strips this is averted right into ViewersAreMorons territory. The running captions explain every little detail that you can either plainly see or can infer with only minimal brain-power.
* SkyPirates: They attack the royal airship in one installment.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Before ''Nemo', [=McCay=] wrote a strip called ''Dream of the Rarebit Fiend'', which was about random people having surreal dreams thanks to eating Welsh rarebit (a kind of cheese stew).
* SundayStrip
* TakenForGranite: Nemo is turned into a statue for a week to hide him from Flip in one issue. And the next week Flip gets turned into a statue.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: You'd think that Nemo's parents would try to get some sort of help for him, seeing as he appears to wake up screaming from nightmares every night, or at least ''stop feeding him the food they keep blaming it on''.
* TheTrickster: Flip
* TheUnintelligible: Imp
* VagueAge: We never find out just how old Flip is. He's sometimes referred to as a child, and he's certainly the same height as Nemo, though he has a receding hairline and smokes cigars. At one point he claims to be 23 years old but even that is debatable.
* WalkThePlank: In an issue where Nemo, Flip and the princess are abducted by pirates.

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!!Tropes featured in the 1911 film:

* AnimatedAdaptation: It might be the very first one.
* TheBet: [=McKay=] is challenged by his friends to make a four-thousand frame animated cartoon, within one month. He does so. The animated portion takes up the final quarter of the 10-minute film.
* DerangedAnimation: The animation is quite surreal, with characters stretching and shrinking, materializing out of random lines, etc. [=McKay=] is demonstrating potential of the art form.
* LineBoil: Present, as one might expect for a hand-drawn cartoon.
* MediumAwareness: One of the characters in the animated short draws another character, which he then interacts with.
* SmokyGentlemensClub: Where [=McKay=] and his friends are hanging out when they make the bet, and where he shows them the finished cartoon.
* SplashOfColor: The cartoon characters are hand-colored.
* {{Undercrank}}: Employed when [=McKay=] is sketching out his ''Little Nemo'' characters for his friends.


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