Sunday, January 18, 2009


So, I've been YouTubing a bit lately... call it procratination or lazyness... after a long, hard week at work, I just haven't felt like doing much.

By accident, I came across this video of a character called Linus på Linjen - Linus on the Line (No, you are not supposed to understand what he is saying, although rifle, flower and elefante can be picked up in this one).

Linus was my grandfather's favorite cartoon. We got lucky every time he came on, since he the random 2-minute snippets were just thrown in between programs to fill space when a program ran short, and you could never find Linus in the TV Guide. Then again, we only had 2 television stations until 1992, so the options for what to watch were scarce.

In the mid 1980s, when I was 6 or 7 years old, I remember being amazed at the color yet simplicity of the animation of Linus. Eventually, Linus got to serve as a public figure in telling people to recycle cans or newspaper, which you can watch here.

I can't help but wonder what my grandfather would be saying today if he were still alive. He could have been watching television 24 hours a day, with things much more exciting than a hand drawing a simple figure. But then again, my grandfather appreciated the simple things in life. To him, Linus was perfection.

1 comment:

Anne Sofie said...

Linus has made my day. I don't call it procrastination but... but... keeping up with the media! That's it. I'm at work, today's three classes (media studies) are over and now I'm being laz... no! Linus is media history, isn't he?
I didn't know that Linus was created by an Italian, Osvaldo Cavandoli, (and in Italian Linus is "La Linea"), but I suppose that's because he became so Swedish telling us to recycle. I'm so impressed by Cavadolis work: this combination of utter simplicity in drawing, Linus' language (meaning nothing and being oh so clear) and the creativity in constructing the plots - it is just... ingenious!