TV as I grew up with is on the brink of extinction. With that in mind, the following might see a little less strange for younger readers. Back in the seventies, a lot of what we watched television was live and there was a lot of dead time in-between shows. To plug these programming holes, shows like La Linea were used, to the delight of viewers, young and old.
La Linea is an animated series from the Italian cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli and consisted of a total of ninety episodes. Typically each episode and a duration of 2 to 4 minutes. To read more about the cartoon itself, check out this article. I really do think it stands the test of time and I’ve really enjoyed revisiting it lately with my kids who get a real kick out of it. The design and animation are simple but brilliant and the humour is universal. The fact that Cavandoli chose to emulate a dialect while turning it into a kind of gibberish that can be understood by anyone, no matter what language you speak, is pure genius and partly why this series became so popular and found it’s way to that many television broadcasters.
It’s quite obvious that I have a passion for animation, in whatever form it might be and that it has had a great influence on me over the years. I’ll be sure to share as many influential productions as I can remember; and if you have some of your own, feel free to share them in the comments!