One upon a time, there was a sensible straight line who was hopelessly in love... with a dot.The Dot and the Line: a Romance in Lower Mathematics is a short book written and illustrated in 1963 by Norton Juster (of The Phantom Tollbooth fame). Inspired by Flatland, It follows the story of a straight line who is hopelessly in love with a dot. The dot, however, is in love with a squiggle. The line learns how to manipulate himself and wins the heart of the dot.In 1965, Juster wrote a screenplay and acclaimed animator Chuck Jones directed it. It won an Academy Award for Animated Short Film.You can watch the cartoon in its entirety on You Tube here. (Ten minutes long.)
Tropes in this story:
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: The dot to the squiggle.
- All Work vs. All Play: The serious logic of the line versus the looseness of the squiggle.
- Animated Adaptation: The 1965 short.
- One-Dimensional Thinking: Seems to be the dot's problem with the line.
- Pun: "But even allowing for his feelings, this was probably stretching a point.", and of course the moral (see Spoof Aesop).
- Spoof Aesop: "To the Vector Belong the Spoils"