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The Point (1971)

A father tells his son a bedtime story about young Oblio, who believes that having no point in the fantastical kingdom of pointed heads and things, still has a point.

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Narrator / Father (home video release) (voice)
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Oblio's Father / Pointed Man's Right Head / King / Leaf Man / Villagers (voice)
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Count (voice) (as Lenny Weinrib)
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Rock Man (voice)
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Count's Son (voice)
Joan Gerber ...
Oblio's Mother (voice)
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Oblio (voice)
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Alan Barzman ...
Narrator / Father (second telecast)
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Narrator / Father (First Telecast)
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Narrator / Father (third telecast)
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Storyline

An animated story of an unusual kingdom in which everything and everybody is pointed - except for a young boy named Oblio. Despite his round head, Oblio has many friends. But an evil count, jealous that Oblio is more popular than his own son, says that without a pointed head, Oblio is an outlaw. Along with his faithful dog Arrow, Oblio is exiled to the Pointless Forest. There, he has many fantastic experiences (including encounters with a 3-headed man, giant bees, a tree in the leaf-selling business, and a good-humored old rock). From his adventures, Oblio learns that it is not at all necessary to be pointed to have a point in life. Music composed and performed by Harry Nilsson ("Me and My Arrow"), who also wrote the story. Written by alfiehitchie

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Not Rated
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2 February 1971 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Ringo Starr was asked to re-dub the narration for the home video release because of his close friendship with Harry Nilsson. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Simpsons: To Cur with Love (2012) See more »

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Me and My Arrow
Written and Sung by Harry Nilsson
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A masterpiece every child (and adult) should see
26 March 2004 | by (Atlanta) – See all my reviews

How wonderful that The Point is now available on DVD!

This 1971 TV special tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed child born into a world of pointy-headed people. He faces discrimination, is banished, and then returns at the end to teach an important lesson to the town.

The cartoon works on so many levels its a joy to watch and re-watch. The moral lessons come fast, furious and they're so enjoyably and subtle that it makes you feel good. "Everyone must have a point!"

A lot of the early '70s mentality is embedded in The Point, and the tone and lessons remind us that the '60s and '70s WERE an ideal time, filled with great ideals. The Harry Nielsson songs are outstanding, and the animation is a cross between Peter Max and the folks that did Rocky & Bullwinkle.

I snagged the Disney version on VHS more than 10 years ago, and let my small children watch it several times. I'm looking forward to enjoying it on crystal-clear DVD now.


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