La Linea (“The Line”) is an Italian animated series created by the Italian cartoonist Osvaldo Cavandoli.
The series consists of 90 episodes, each about 2–3 minutes long, which were originally broadcast on the Italian channel RAI between 1971 and 1986. Over the years the series aired in more than 40 countries around the world.
This serie is pretty nice as you can see an constant interaction in the animation and probably the most inocent factor which is missing in many cartoons on TV.
The cartoon features a man (known as “Mr. Linea”) drawn as a single outline around his silhouette, walking on an infinite line of which he is a part.
The character encounters obstacles and often turns to the cartoonist, represented as a live-action hand holding a white grease pencil, to draw him a solution, with various degrees of success. One recurring obstacle was an abrupt end of the line.
The character would often almost fall off the edge into oblivion and get angry with the cartoonist and complain about it. He was voiced by Carlo Bonomi in a mock version of Milanese that resembled gibberish as much as possible, giving the cartoon the possibility to be easily exported without dubbing.
The voice resembles Pingu’s, the Swiss animated penguin, which was also voiced by Bonomi.
The first 8 episodes of the series were, in fact, created to publicize Lagostina kitchenware products, and the accompanying narration identified Mr. Linea as “Agostino Lagostina, a sharp little man with a truly expressive nose.” After the 8th episode, however, the series broke its association with Lagostina