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The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics (1965)

A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But he'll have to learn to bend before she'll notice him.

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A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But he'll have to learn to bend before she'll notice him. Written by Kathy Li

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To give the squiggle an unkempt appearance, the animation drawings were inked on rice paper. The ink bled, creating a textured line that was then Xeroxed onto cel. See more »

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Narrator: Once upon a time there was a sensible, straight line, who was hopelessly in love, with a dot.
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Clever
14 February 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

A line is in love with a dot but the relationship seems doomed--until the line learns he isn't quite as dull and "pointless" as he thought.

While I don't know if this cartoon deserved the Oscar since it's hard to be a hold of older animated shorts and since the animation was so simple, but it is very clever and is probably a film that Geometry teachers would love and talk about and watch again and again!! While this sounds like I hated the film, I didn't--it just didn't thrill me and the idea seemed like it went on just a bit too long. However, because of its uniqueness and how it actually explains mathematical concepts in a fun way, it's a very good film. People that love the novel "Flatland" would also probably love this little film directed by Chuck Jones.


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