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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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Robert Morley ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 December 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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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Mathematics at its most romantic
4 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Chuck Jones deserves his status as one of animation's most legendary, greatest and most important directors/animators. He may have lacked the outrageousness and wild wackiness of Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, but the visual imagination, wit and what he did with some of the best-known and most iconic characters ever were just as special. 'The Dot and the Line' is the last of three Oscar/Academy Award wins for Jones, 'For Scent-imental Reasons' (one of Pepe Le Pew's best cartoons) and 'So Much for So Little' (more the appreciate than love cartoons for me) being the other two, of the three it's my personal favourite.

It is not easy making something interesting, let alone sweet and romantic, out of Maths, which was always one of my least favourite subjects in school due to struggling to understand a lot of it. 'The Dot and the Line' does just that.

The story is incredibly charming and touching, effective too in its simplicity and paced just right, not frenetic but never dull. Personally found the narration very pleasantly thoughtful and found myself learning a good deal. Robert Morley's delivery is nothing short of marvellous.

Funny or hilarious 'The Dot and the Line' may not be, it isn't that kind of cartoon. Instead it is very educational but still managed the ideal balance of educating and entertaining.

Animation is the more abstract style, for the story and that it deals with Maths and Geometry it suited the cartoon to a tee. It's simple but not cheap, with enough detail and colour to make it more appealing.

Characters look very cute and are cute in personality too, it's not everyday where one cares for and develops an emotional attachment for shapes but it happens here. The music is a nice fit.

Overall, beautiful and made me appreciate Maths more. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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