The Point! (1971)
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. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A
on Nov 12, 2013 -
"A short fable about a village that must hold a lottery to decide who will feed a monster waiting in the forest."
posted by homunculus
on Oct 16, 2013 -
, a geopolitical fable by animator Nick Cross
. Main link includes interview - "There was a lot of talk about 'yellow cake' uranium being sold in ominous tones, but I always thought of yellow cake as being a delicious dessert treat."
posted by dinsdale
on Oct 15, 2009 -
Imagine my glee in finding Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable
online and searchable.
Then, imagine my glee in finding out that Tom and Jerry
have a non-animated past.
AND they're a drink
AND they're a play
They (the originals, that is) used to be wildly popular. Now they're all but forgotten, except in cat / mouse form. What wildly popular "works"
will our great grandchildren forget completely? (I had to wash my cache out with soap after that last one)
posted by condour75
on Oct 17, 2002 -