Mar 6 2010 11:00am

Saturday Morning Cartoons: “The Dot and the Line” and “Le Lac Gele”

The Dot and the Line, La lac Gele

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics: Love, geometry, Chuck Jones — what else is needed. “To the vector belongs the spoils.” (10:00 minutes)

Le Lac Gelé: An icy surreal moment. One of many striking micro films from the Gobelins school. All so beautifully done. (1:10 minutes)

The Dot and the Line: A Romance in Lower Mathematics
Chuck Jones

(Thanks to Jeff Carlisle for the recommendation.)

Le Lac Gelé
Jean-David Fabre, Fabien Guillaume, Sébastien Hary, Paul Nivet, Vincent Verniers

More animation in our Saturday Morning Cartoon Index.

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James C. Wallace II
1. James C. Wallace II
This was a classic cartoon from my childhood. Another one which inspired me to become a scientist was Clyde Crashcup. He would invent everything, then it would go horribly wrong and his whispering assistant, Leonardo would fix it. I loved it!!! One other unique animation piece from that era was Allegro Non Tropo. A very odd piece of animation.
James C. Wallace II
2. nlowery71
"The Dot & the Line" is one of my favorite things ever. I saw it in the middle of the night years ago on one of the Disney channels. For Valentine's Day, I read the book and show the video to some of my grade school classes.
Teresa Jusino
3. TeresaJusino
I LOVE The Dot and the Line! I remember that from when I was a kid, too! :) Chuck Jones got me more interested in math and classical music thank just about anything else.
Joseph Blaidd
4. SteelBlaidd
The Line and the Dot has always been one of my favorites too.

I think a lot of it's staying power comes from the fundamental truth of its premise. "Discipline and self control lead to true freedom."
James C. Wallace II
5. DavidP
One thing you didn't mention is that "The Dot and the Line" was written by Norman Juster--the same guy who wrote "The Phantom Tollbooth," one of the best YA sci-fi books, ever.

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