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The Point!

United States
January 1971

Harry Nilsson's Magical Musical Adventure

MVD Visual released a DVD of The Point! on November 20, 2012.

The Point: The Definitive Collector's Edition includes the animated film plus twenty-five minutes of bonus material including: Who Is Harry Nilsson?, Pitching the Point, Making the Point, and Legacy Of The Point.

Click here to order the DVD release from Amazon.com.

Oblio and ArrowOnce upon a time in the town of Point, everything - all the buildings, trees, and even the people were pointed. Except for one little round-headed kid named Oblio.

The Point! is a wonderful adventure, enchanting both children and adults since 1971.

Harry Nilsson's The Point! tells the story of Oblio and his dog Arrow through narration and song. The The Point! album (available on CD) is narrated by singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. The home video release is narrated by Ringo Starr.


The Film

The Point! debuted as a "movie of the week" on the ABC television network on February 2, 1971, at 7:30pm. Dustin Hoffman narrated the animated tale of Oblio and Arrow's adventures in the Pointless Forest. Apparently due to a contractual dispute, Alan Barzman narrated a later airing of the film. Alan Thicke narrated a version shown on the Disney Channel.

Murakami-Wolf Productions, Fred Wolf Films, and Nilsson House Music produced The Point! Harry Nilsson wrote the original story as well as the songs. Fred Wolf directed the film.

"I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points, and the little branches came to points, and the houses came to point. I thought, 'Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn't, then there's a point to it.'" -- Harry Nilsson

Nilsson first conceived the idea for The Point! while recording his Nilsson Sings Newman album. At the time Nilsson was working on the song "Think About Your Troubles" and described to Allen Zentz, the recording engineer, how Nilsson often visualized songs as cartoons.

Movie Spinoffs

The Point! has also been staged as a play a number of times. The most famous version is the 1977 London version starring Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones.

Fred Wolf Films has proposed an animated TV series, "The Never Ending Adventures of Oblio and Arrow", based on The Point!.


Credits:

Actor ("Count's Son"): Buddy Foster
Actor ("Leaf Man"): Paul Frees
Actor ("Oblio"): Mike Lookinland
Actor ("Oblio's Father"): Paul Frees
Actor ("Pointed Man's Right Head"): Paul Frees
Actor ("The King"): Paul Frees
Actor ("Villagers"): Paul Frees
Director: Fred Wolf
Narrator: Alan Thicke
Narrator: Ringo Starr
Narrator: Dustin Hoffman
Narrator: Alan Barzman
Story: Carole A. Beers
Story: Harry Nilsson
Writer: Norm Lenzer

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