La Linea is (or was) an Italian animated series created by Osvaldo Cavandoli in 1969.
Originally designed as a simple line drawing with a quirky character navigating through various challenges, it gained fame for its minimalist yet expressive style. The character, known simply as La Linea, walks along a never-ending line and encounters various obstacles, often breaking the fourth wall to argue with the animator himself.
It broke away from the traditional, complex animation styles of the time, proving that minimalism could be just as effective in storytelling. The series became a symbol of creative ingenuity, inspiring a range of artists and animators. Its universal themes and lack of dialogue made it easily accessible, transcending language and cultural barriers.
Despite its minimalist approach, the cartoon delves into complex themes like existentialism and the human condition.