Nilsson, Harry - The Point: The Definitive
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Directed by Academy Award-winner Fred Wolf, ''The Point'' tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of ''Point,'' where everything and everybody has one. Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, is banished to the Pointless Forest. The tale is narrated by Ringo Starr and includes songs written and sung by Grammy Award-winner Harry Nilsson. The definitive collector's edition.
This Definitive Collector's Edition Includes Four 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
Over 25 minutes of bonus features
Me And My Arrow
Everything's Got 'Em
Think About Your Troubles
Are You Sleeping'
Never has nonconformity been celebrated with such charm. --Jeff Miers, Buffalo News<br \><br \>Finally, a new generation of kids can float away on the entrancing cartoon creation of Harry Nilsson (1941-94), the American singer-songwriter who counted the Beatles among his admirers. The Point is a prime example of mass-culture outreach by a countercultural artist (dig the psychedelic number ''P.O.V. Waltz''). B+ --Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
Never has nonconformity been celebrated with such charm. Jeff Miers --Buffalo News
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"The Point" is one of my favorite films. Its moral may seem a little ham-fisted, but that's the nature of fables, and the screenplay is so intelligently written that the simplicity of the moral doesn't matter. It's enjoyable by kids and adults alike.
The animation is limited due to the lower cost of TV production, with a clear and understandable connection to other Murakami-Wolf productions. But here the designs are a little more free-wheeling, with with simple cross-hatch shading and what looks like watercolor wash for most backgrounds. The design is a little rougher around the edges than M-W's usual output, but that's part of its charm, and there's good continuity between the characters and backgrounds in style and color. The overall look reminds me of some of the best animated shorts produced through the National Film Board of Canada during the 80s by the likes of Richard Condie and Clive Barker.
As it appears on this DVD, the film looks great. It's not quite at restored level (there's still the occasional scratch or bit of dirt on some frames) but the edges are clean, the colors are rich, and there are no dropped frames. The mono soundtrack is clean and clear. In short, the film is a delight for the eyes and ears.
The voice work is mostly splended, thanks largely to the late, incomprable Paul Frees (he played several characters), but also to Lennie Weinrib, Bill Martin, Buddy Foster, Joan Gerber, and Mike Lookinland as Oblio, who turned in an excellent job for such a young boy.
My only quarrel, and the only reason I didn't give the DVD five stars, is the casting of Ringo Starr as the narrator. I've read that Ringo was chosen because he and Harry Nilsson were close friends, but while Ringo seems like a nice guy, his acting leaves a lot to be desired, and his Liverpudlian accent clashes with the American accents that populate the rest of the film. I'd prefer to hear Dustin Hoffman's original narration, or even the second one recorded by voice actor Alan Barzman, but I don't expect the official DVD to be changed. (I have not heard any of Alan Thicke's turn as the narrator, so I can't comment on that version.)
However, even with Ringo, this DVD is worth the price of admission.
BTW, while the extras on the Collector's Edition add some dimension to Nilsson's legacy, but for existing and would-be Nilsson fans, I recommend "Who Is Harry Nilsson, and Why Is Everybody Talking About Him?" It's definitely not for kids, but it's an excellent examination of the life and career of this considerable but largely overlooked talent.
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