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

Director:

Fred Wolf

Writers:

Harry Nilsson (story), Carole Beers (story) (as Carole A. Beers) | 3 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Ringo Starr ... Narrator / Father (home video release) (voice)
Paul Frees ... Oblio's Father / Pointed Man's Right Head / King / Leaf Man / Villagers (voice)
Lennie Weinrib ... Count (voice) (as Lenny Weinrib)
Bill Martin ... Rock Man (voice)
Buddy Foster ... Count's Son (voice)
Joan Gerber Joan Gerber ... Oblio's Mother (voice)
Mike Lookinland ... Oblio (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Alan Barzman Alan Barzman ... Narrator / Father (second telecast)
Dustin Hoffman ... Narrator / Father (First Telecast)
Alan Thicke ... Narrator / Father (third telecast)
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An animated story of an unusual kingdom in which everything and everybody is pointed, except for a young boy named Oblio (Mike Lookinland). Despite his round head, Oblio has many friends. But an evil Count (Lennie Weinrib), jealous that Oblio is more popular than his own son (Buddy Foster), 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 three-headed man, giant bees, a tree in the leaf-selling business (Paul Frees), and a good-humored old rock (Bill Martin)). 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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Trivia

When the kids start selecting players for the triangle toss, they call for Harry, Fred, and Richard. They are in reference to singer and Writer Harry Nilsson, Director Fred Wolf, and Narrator Sir Ringo Starr a.k.a. Richard Starkey. See more »

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Narrator: Once upon a time, a long way from here, and a long way from now, there was a tiny village where everything, the houses and the carts, the bridges and the barns, everything, all had points on them. In fact, it was so full of points, that even the people had points! The people, right there on top of their heads! And it didn't seem strange at all, because that's the way life was in the village. That's the way it always had been, and for all anybody knew, that's the way it always would be.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown on The Disney Channel was narrated by Alan Thicke. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Are You Sleeping?
Written and Sung by Harry Nilsson
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The Best Animated Movie Of Our Time
9 January 2005 | by minorchord03See all my reviews

Any animated movie that comes out can not hold a straw to 1971's "The Point".

Harry Nillson wrote an incredible story, that comes along with excellent, singable songs that will live through the ages. The story is touching and the characters are wild.

The first time I saw it was the first time it came out, with Dustin Hoffman as the narrator. Now that it is on DVD, I wish that he was still the narrator, but Ringo does an incredible job as well and it does not detract from the story.

The point of this movie (no pun intended) is that everything has a point, and if everything has a point than thats rather pointless. You'll have to watch to understand. Every kid should watch it for a wonderful cartoon and every teenager/adult should watch it to learn a valuable, touching lesson.


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Official Sites:

Fred Wolf Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1972 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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