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The Point

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It's been out of print and in great demand for years, and now it's back: the 1971 animated feature narrated by Ringo Starr and featuring songs written and sung by Harry Nilsson! A warmhearted tale of a round-headed boy living in a pointy-headed land, The Point features Nilsson's Top 40 hit Me and My Arrow plus Everything's Got 'Em; Are You Sleeping , and more. A treat for Nilsson fans and cartoon lovers alike!

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  • Actors: Ringo Starr, Harry Nilsson, Dustin Hoffman, Lennie Weinrib, Bill Martin
  • Directors: Fred Wolf
  • Writers: Harry Nilsson, Fred Wolf, Carole Beers, Norm Lenzer
  • Producers: Harry Nilsson, Fred Wolf, Jerry D. Good, Jimmy T. Murakami, Larry Gordon
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: BMG
  • DVD Release Date: March 23, 2004
  • Run Time: 74 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (312 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001JXPSO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Point" on IMDb

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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Wayne Klein HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 2, 2005
Format: DVD
Harry Nilsson had a point and knew exactly what it was. This allegorical classic had a simple but direct message--accept everyone for who they are and not force them to fit into a preconceived notion of who they should be. Oblio and Arrow his dog are banned from the town they live in. Why? Because the Evil Count decides that anyone that can beat his son at a game (misuse of power) and looks different (Oblio's the only child with a round head not a pointed head) shouldn't be allowed in the town. He's called pointless by the Count and others. But Oblio in Nilsson's extended allegory finds that nothing is pointless least of all himself.

A charming film full of colorful imagery, "The Point" remains a classic to this day regardless of which one of the narrators you heard when you saw it. For the record, Dustin Hoffman was the original narrator. He was replaced by Ringo Starr and, then, finally Alan Thicke (of "Growing Pains" fame). The narrator on the original album was, of course, Nilsson himself. He would have done a delightful job of narrating this animated classic but elected to go with a professional "actor" in each case.

There's not much in the way of extras. We can go directly to each song which is a nice touch although including Nilsson's original album (with his narration) would have been nice. Also, what about deleted scenes, a gallery of character designs and, perhaps, some footage of Nilsson himself? Ah well, perhaps next time.

The picture quality is quite good although there's some minor analog imperfections such as dirt and debris but, on the whole, the film looks remarkably good. The soundtrack recorded in mono has more presence than the videotape version.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Ardeal VINE VOICE on July 23, 2003
Format: DVD
I remember watching this cartoon almost 20 years ago - and then again, just 2 years ago on a worn-out VHS. The message is simple yet to the point: In fact, everything has a point. And the music is so very captivating - from "Me and my arrow" to "Are you sleeping". If you like Beatles - type music, you'll love this soundtrack. The cartoons are simplistic yet never dull and may actually help in getting the message of this movie more clearly.

The movie starts with us being introduced to a village in which everything has a physical point. People look like cone heads. Dogs, homes - everything has a physical point. The birth of a boy with round head causes trouble in the village which ultimately leads to him being banished. Most of the movie depicts Oblio's adventures with his dog named Arrow in the "Pointless Forest". After learning some valuable lessons, he returns to his village. Rather than spoiling the ending, I'll let you find out the outcome.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By GARY M FREDRICKSON on January 9, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie on television when I was approximately 13 years old. I loved it then and became a huge fan of Harry's music. I have been trying in vain to find this movie on tape so I may share it with my husband, my step sons who are 16 year old twins and an 11 year old, and for my nieces who are 10 and 5. I have no doubt that it would become their favorite also. The story is timeless, although the animation isn't what is up to par by today's standards, but I don't think it would really matter because the sound track that goes with this story lets your imagination take over and love the topic and theme. I really can't say enough about this...I pray that it is re-released. Harry Nielson was one of the greats. p.s. This is not Gary writing this review. It's his wife.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By FPS Fanatic on June 25, 2005
Format: DVD
As there are already many reviews explaining why this movie/record is so important, I wanted to respond to the review titled (and misspelled) "disapointed." Specifically, I believe this reviewer missed the Point of the story...

That reviewer states:

"...and then at the end--just when we thought the whole story was about being accepted as you are Oblio grows a point! Instead of internal change, new found awareness and just acceptance for who he was--he physically changed and grew a point so he looked like the people that kicked him out for being different--it dampened the point of the story! Yeah, it's symbolic, but wouldn't it be better if he came back--same round head and everyone embraced him just the same?"

The important Point that this reviewer missed is that at the end of the story EVERYONE in the town loses their Points (becomes round-headed like Oblio was) and now ONLY Oblio has a Point...So, in the end he is still different from everyone in the town...He has become "Normal" and they become "Different." In other words, what is "Different" completely depends on your Point of view. THAT is the POINT of this story. Which of course implies what the reviewer of "disapointed" wanted the story to imply: acceptance of people different than you. However, by implying this Point instead of just coming out and being obvious about it, the story is much more powerful and allows people (especially children) to understand the Point of the story at a much deeper, fundamental level.

I believe this delivery of the Point of the story is extremely important...Especially in this age of institutionalized hypocrisy children are exposed to everyday. If the townspeople of the Land of Point had simply said, "We're sorry Oblio, we were wrong.
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