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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.

Directors:

Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble (co-director)

Writer:

Norton Juster (original story and screenplay)
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Robert Morley ... Narrator (voice)
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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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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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Exceptional effort to maximize the limits inherent in limited animation quite successfully
19 September 2001 | by llltdesqSee all my reviews

This short won an Academy Award and justly so. While others have said the scripted narration is not terribly good, I disagree. There are one or two excessively florid points, but Robert Morley's marvellous reading covers those and overall, the scripted narration is good. The animation succeeds in part because of the narration. Chuck Jones and Maurice Noble have every right to be well pleased with this cartoon. Why it isn't in print, I don't understand. Highly Recommended.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dot and the Line See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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