The Point

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Director: Fred Wolf

Cast: Fred Wolf


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Ringo Starr narrates this animated story of Oblio, a round-headed boy ostracized by society because his head is not pointed.  See more details below


Ringo Starr narrates this animated story of Oblio, a round-headed boy ostracized by society because his head is not pointed.

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Barnes & Noble - Donald Liebenson
Singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson conceived this beloved anti-discrimination parable for ABC as a 1971 TV movie and worked with animator Fred Wolf, who won an Oscar for the hit 1967 short “Box” and later hit it big animating The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The feature-length story concerned Oblio, a boy banished from his village by an evil Count for being the only person whose head is round, rather than pointy. Oblio and his faithful dog, Arrow, set out for the Pointless Forrest, where they meet a gallery of bizarre and eccentric characters. The moral is that you don't have to have a point on your head for your existence to have merit -- that is, a point. Wolf’s hallucinatory and stylistically diverse animation style recalls Yellow Submarine (1968), and the presence of Ringo Starr as the narrator adds to the Beatlesque air. (The original telecast featured Dustin Hoffman as narrator.) Nilsson’s score, which he also performs, includes several gems, such as "Me and My Arrow"; even if it was sullied in popular memory later in the ‘70s as the theme song for a short-lived Plymouth auto, the tune -- seen here in its original context -- is as irresistible as pop gets. Finally available on DVD, The Point is a captivating, thought-provoking treasure that parents will delightedly share with their kids.

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Special Features

Includes 4 never-before-seen bonus featurettes sure to entertain, surprise and amaze!; Who is Harry Nilsson?; Pitching The Point; Making The Point; Legacy of The Point

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- The Point
2. Welcome to the Town
3. Everything's Got 'Em
4. Me and My Arrow
5. Triangle Toss and Trouble for Oblio
6. Poli High
7. Trial and Banishment to the Pointless Forest
8. Think About Your Troubles
9. The Pointed Man and the Rock Man
10. The Black Hole and the Balloon Ladies
11. Life Line
12. P.O.V. Waltz (w/ the Balloon Ladies)
13. The Leaf Man and the Bird
14. P.O.V. Waltz
15. On the Way Back Home
16. Are You Sleeping?
17. Welcome Home Oblio! Everyone has a POINT!
18. Credits
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16
17. Chapter 17
18. Chapter 18

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The Point 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
artmavenn More than 1 year ago
This is pure alchemy:  The angelic voice of Nillson, surreal graphic from the psychedelic 60's, and a well told morality tale helping kids to understand  what it means  to judge others that are different from themselves. Highly recommended to grandparents that will enjoy the reminiscence while in the company of the little people in their lives.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Done around the time psychedelia, music and animation fused, this simple tale is great for kids and their parents who may remember Harry Nilsson's magical voice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember when they actually premiered this on TV when I was a kid. Not sure why they never showed it again. Adorable plot and theme song 'Me and My Arrow.' It is one of those items I have actually longed to see again. And here it is! Don't miss out. There is enough in this world that can depress one - - this will make you happy (even without the Welbutrin!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was so excited to see this available! My family used to listen to it back in the 70's on 8-track, and I loved it as a child. Now I can share it with my own children and enjoy the story all over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was SO glad to see The Point released on DVD; I remember seeing this on television, 'way back when,' and loving every minute. It's one of those rare films that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults. Welcome back, Oblio and Arrow!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend introduced me to Oblio & Arrow over 20 years ago. I shared it with my grandson, now 8, when he was a toddler, and could only check it out from the library. No video stores had it; my letter to mfgr returned undeliverable. Now I can share it with my 4 yr old granddaughter, too. THANK YOU!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Loved this when it was broadcast in 1971 and its message of tolerance is timeless. If you haven't discovered Oblio and Arrow and their journey into the Pointless Forest, you're in for a treat! Like 'Alice in Wonderland,' you'll meet some strange and unusual creatures, pointed and pointless, including the Rock Man who wisely observes that you don't have to have a point to have a point.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I luv Harry Nilsson...such great music. The movie is timeless, with a good message. It's sure to get your kids' attention and hold it...it did for me! I'm 16 now and I still enjoy watching it and listening to the soundtrack.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have loved this story for over 20 years. I even played Oblio in a school play and have wanted a copy of this amazing story since then. I will buy many copies for my entire family. Mahalo nui loa....
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a kid my father introduced this classic to my sisters and I and we all have loved it ever since. For several years now we have all been looking for any version of this beloved movie of our childhood after our only copy disappeared. At last I will be able to give this to my sisters for christmas!!! A must for every family - young and old (my sisters and I are in our early 20's!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw 'The Point' once and only once, in 1971 when it was first aired on television and I was, well, VERY young. The impression made on me in these short 74 minutes has lasted a lifetime and positively shaped the person I am today. I've been looking for it ever since . . . 34 long years! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this video and copied it to vhs when it was televised, however, I'm disappointed that the dvd doesn't have Dustin Hoffman as the narriator. I liked the Beatles, but Ringo is just not Dustin.
gardening More than 1 year ago
I saw this cartoon over 30 years ago.This should be seen by everybody.It should be also mandatory in schools from preschool to high school.A wonderful experience all around.Gardening
MAMASTAR More than 1 year ago
This is a great story, great characters, great music, great moral! My parents bought this for me and my brother when we were kids. At the time, in the 70s, it was an album and came with a picture book. We absolutely loved it and would listen to it all the time. I was so happy when my brother found the DVD and CD and called me to tell me it was available. Brings back many memories. Harry Nilsson sure had a way with words and music. He was so awesome! I bought this for myself a few years ago, and now have a baby girl and I can't wait until she's old enough to tell me what she thinks. I also bought it for my friend's son for his birthday and they all loved it so much. The adults get a kick out of it as much as the kids. I highly recommend! The songs are catchy and the story is so amazing and warm. You will enjoy!!
LoveSanta More than 1 year ago
When my children were children, a few years ago, this movie came out. As an adult I found it in a used movie store in VHS format. Well, not having that format anymore, I was thrilled to find it here in DVD. I have introduced the movie to my grandchildren, who introduced it to their day care provider and the children who attend it as well. It has a great story , great music, and a great moral behind Harry Nilsson's idea of what it is like to be different. Thank You for the memories.
welovemovies More than 1 year ago
Not as good as I remembered when I was little, but still worth watching. A very touching story in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago