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The Point (1971)

Not Rated | | Animation, Adventure, Family | 1 January 1972 (UK)
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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

Although Sir Ringo Starr narrates the movie, Harry Nilsson narrated the original soundtrack album. Fun fact: the soundtrack to this movie was released by RCA Records. On the cover of this album, Nipper, the RCA dog, has a pointed head. 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 »


Soundtracks

Life Line
Written and Sung by Harry Nilsson
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Psychedelic 70's Anti-discrimination Musical
25 May 1999 | by SGS CreaSee all my reviews

In this film Oblio is born into a town of the pointy headed people with a round head. He is outcast from birth and forced to wear a pointed hat to blend in. His only friend is a pointed dog named Arrow. When it is discovered that his head is really round, the evil pointmeister has Oblio thrown out of the town into the wilderness to fend for himself. Here he learns life's lessons and meets some very unusual characters ala 'Wizard of Oz'. He finally returns to the town amid a great uproar, his hat is removed by the evil pointmeister and, to everyone's surprise, his head is pointed. But then a miracle happens and everyones pointed head dissolves away and everyone is round headed. The music is pretty good, but Dustin's original narration is the best. The video plays rather odd with Ringo and has a different feel altogether.


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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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