La Linea & Estacao Sigma

La Linea

La Linea is an Italian cartoon series created by Osvaldo Cavandoli.

Bibi’s Blog already said everything you need to know about this series so I’ll quote:
The cartoon features a man walking on an infinite line. The man himself is drawn using one line and is a part of the line he is walking on. The character encounters obstacles and often turns to the cartoonist to draw him a solution. The background color changes as mood or feelings of the character change, but most of the series was black and white. The cartoon was originally used for advertisements, before the animated series was created.

You can watch 35 episodes at TV5. I had a little trouble viewing them on a Mac.
The image above links to “Daily Motion” which is a more Mac friendly website, but with fewer episodes: 01, 02, 03, 05, 06, 08, 101, 105, 107, 110, 112, 114, 116, 125, 126, 127, 132, 133, 138, 149, 154.

Thanks to Bibi for calling these to our attention, and big thanks for scrounging and reposting her favorites on Google video. Visit her blog for a big “Vintage Cartoon Roundup” including Felix the Cat, and Betty Boop. Go ahead and subscribe to her RSS feed.

Estacao Sigma is a cell animated spot by Buraco de Bala. This piece makes great use of traditional animation techniques like squash and stretch. I especially like the moment we see the character through a simulated fish eye lens. Go through frame by frame to see how it is achieved. I felt good sound effects could have really taken this piece to the next level. It’s not until the end that we hear any at all. Like any piece of motion work, audio can make or break it. In this case I think the music leaves something to be desired. The design however is so charming I almost didn’t notice.

About the author

Justin Cone

Together with Carlos El Asmar, Justin co-founded Motionographer, F5 and The Motion Awards. He currently lives in Austin, Texas with is wife, son and fluffball of a dog. Before taking on Motionographer full-time, Justin worked in various capacities at Psyop, NBC-Universal, Apple, Adobe and SCAD.



Wow, those were pretty cool. I really loved ‘La Linea’. I love the simplicity, and the retro aesthetic. It reminds me a lot for some reason of the Sesame Street illustrations on those stop-motion cups

Onur Aksoy

OH my GOD! Thank you Palazzo & Bibi! I loved these when I was a little kid and I never got a chance to see them since!


Thank you for the links and for the nice words about my blog. :)

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