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Chuck Jones
Maurice Noble (co-director)
Norton Juster (original story and screenplay)
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31 December 1965 (USA) See more »
A simple line attempts to woo his true love, a dot, away from the unkempt squiggle she prefers. But... See more » | Add synopsis »
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THE DOT AND THE LINE: A ROMANCE IN LOWER MATHEMATICS {Short} (Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble, 1965) *** See more (13 total) »


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Robert Morley ... Narrator (voice)
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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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Also Known As:
"The Dot and the Line" - Australia, USA (short title)
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10 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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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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THE DOT AND THE LINE: A ROMANCE IN LOWER MATHEMATICS {Short} (Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble, 1965) ***, 12 January 2014
Author: MARIO GAUCI ( from Naxxar, Malta

Following the closing down of "Termite Terrace" – the true home of the beloved Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons – in 1963 and after completing a few more Wile E. Coyote/Road Runner shorts, animation legend Chuck Jones left Warner Brothers for an unfruitful stint at revamping Tom and Jerry at MGM. To counter this perhaps, he also turned his attention to some highbrow stuff on the side of which, the Oscar- winning short under review is one example and the feature-length fantasy THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH (1969) would be the culmination.

What we have here is a series of colourful lines, one of which falls for a red dot, which in turn is infatuated with a doodle (here called "squiggle")! Despite the good counsel of its ilk, the line still mopes after the dot and literally bends itself out of shape to impress it. Before long, the 'jazzy' uncouthness of the squiggle dawns on the latter and it recognizes and starts admiring the 'square' qualities of the line. It must be said that rotund character actor Robert Morley's narration adds invaluable gravitas to the thin plot line. Apart from perhaps wishing kids to love their maths lessons, one could also take this as Jones' denigrating commentary on contemporaneous European abstract animators…not to mention the emerging hippie community!!

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