There really aren't enough superlatives to adequately describe the beauty of this short film. From its perfect screenplay to its totes awesome animation and all of the ingredients in-between (layouts, voice over, sound effects, color, pacing) Chuck Jones's 1966 Oscar-winning "The Dot and the Line" will always be a perfect work of art.
Robert Storr, Dean of the Yale School of Art has said, “Great art is essentially work that has proven inexhaustible in terms of value it gives to those who pay attention to it. It says ‘I am in the present tense despite the fact that I was made five or fifty years ago.’”
We had stumbled upon this advertisement that MGM had placed in Variety when "The Dot and the Line" was nominated for an Oscar on our way to something else, but it stopped us long enough to share it with you and to share the animated film as well. Enjoy!
If you had found your perfect soul mate, so perfect
in fact (36-36-36) but she refused to acknowledge your existence, what would
you do?Would you end your rigid,
stick-in-the-mud ways and learn to bend a little?Do you think you could learn to be a little
less ‘straight’ and a little more ‘fun’? Well, that’s what you would need to do to win the heart and soul of the
Dot in this 1966 Academy Award-winning short film, “The Dot and the Line”
directed by Chuck Jones and adapted from the book by Norton Juster (who also
wrote “The Phantom Tollbooth” adapted by Jones in 1970, his only feature-length
Working with his Warner Bros. crew at MGM, Jones
and his layout designer, Maurice Noble devised and implemented innovative ways
to animate the charming narrative of the Norton Juster book. Using overlays, graphic design elements,
cut-outs & collage they developed a unique take on this “romance in lower