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The Point! (1971)
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is the animated TV adaptation of singer/songwriter Harry Nilsson's fable about a boy named Oblio, the only round-headed person in the Pointed Village, where by law everyone and everything had to have a point. 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. Directed by Fred Wolf
and narrated by Ringo Starr, the film features all the original songs from Nilsson's album
of the same name.
The film, which first aired as an ABC Movie of the Week
, originally starred Dustin Hoffman but for contactual reasons his part had to be re-recorded for future airings. Director Fred Wolf and producer Jimmy T. Murakami
are probably best known for the animated TV series Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Harry Nilsson said of his inspiration for The Point!
, "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."
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