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Directors:
Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble (co-director)
Writer:
Norton Juster (original story and screenplay)
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Release Date:
31 December 1965 (USA) See more »
Plot:
A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
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Happy 100th Birthday, Chuck Jones!
 (From Comicmix. 21 September 2012, 6:00 AM, PDT)

The Short Films: Part I
 (From FilmExperience. 13 February 2011, 9:39 AM, PST)

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Cast

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Robert Morley ... Narrator (voice)

Directed by
Chuck Jones 
Maurice Noble (co-director)
 
Writing credits
Norton Juster (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
Les Goldman .... producer
Chuck Jones .... producer
 
Original Music by
Eugene Poddany (music)
 
Production Design by
Maurice Noble 
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Buf Nerbovig .... camera planning
 
Animation Department
Philip DeGuard .... backgrounds
Ken Harris .... animator
Don Morgan .... backgrounds
Tom Ray .... animator
Phil Roman .... animator (as Philip Roman)
Richard Thompson .... animator (as Dick Thompson)
Don Towsley .... supervising animator
Ben Washam .... animator
Don Morgan .... layout artist (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Don Foster .... typographics
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Dot and the Line" - Australia, USA (short title)
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Runtime:
10 min
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Color:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Narrator:Once upon a time there was a sensible, straight line, who was hopelessly in love, with a dot.
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6 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
An experimental, Oscar-winning Chuck Jones cartoon, 31 January 1999
Author: Varlaam from Toronto, Canada

In order to lure a cute dot away from a swingin' squiggle, a very conservative straight line learns to turn himself into exciting polygons and Spirograph designs.

This cartoon unfortunately is more impressive than it is entertaining. The overwrought narration by Norton Juster is read by Robert Morley. This is the first collaboration between Juster and Jones who later worked together on "The Phantom Tollbooth" in 1969.

In some ways, "The Dot and the Line" resembles a prototype for that later film since they are both less than the sums of their parts and are both better described than seen. In both cases, Jones is let down by Juster.

This 1965 effort however is shorter, better, and less cute than their 1969 feature, and has sufficient charm and originality to be well worth your time.

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