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The Point! - Album, Film, Play

Harry Nilsson's Magical Musical Adventure

 

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 album (which is available on CD) is narrated by singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson. The home video release is narrated by Ringo Starr.

The video is often available on eBay and other auction sites.Please don't get carried away and drive the prices too high. There seem to be many copies of the video available since it usually is listed several times on the auction sites. And it could be commercially available again at any time.

DCC's license to produce a CD of The Point! ended at the beginning of 2001 and supplies of the CD have diminished. But The Point! is still available on CD.

It is available as a Japanese import from CDNow.

It is also available from Camden as part of a "two albums on one CD" set. The CD includes The Point!, the soundtrack from Skidoo, and bonus tracks.

You can purchase Skidoo / The Point! from Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.

BMG has tentative plans to release a remastered version of The Point! with new bonus tracks in the fall of 2002.

The Film

The Point! debuted as a "movie of the week" on the ABC television network in January of 1971. 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.

Fred Wolf Films in association with Nilsson House Music produced The Point! Harry Nilsson wrote the original story as well as the songs. Fred Wolf directed the film.

Amazon.com has a listing for "The Point!" on DVD! The listing says "The studio is currently not producing this title on DVD," but you can enter your e-mail address to be notified when (if?) the video is released on DVD. Click here to visit Amazon.com's "The Point!" on DVD page.

Artisan Entertainment owns Family Home Video which previously distributed "The Point!" on video. If you would like to encourage Artisan to release "The Point!" on VHS and DVD, please write to them at:

Artisan Entertainment
2700 Colorado Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90404-3553

Fred Wolf Films is planning a new animated TV series called "The Never Ending Adventures of Oblio and Arrow."

The Album

Point AdHarry Nilsson released The Point! in late 1970. The album reached #25 during a 32-week stay on the charts and spawned the hit single "Me and My Arrow."

Dean Torrence (of "Jan and Dean" fame) designed the record album's cover which features a needlepoint by his sister, Kathy. Inside the gatefold album cover is a comic book illustrated by Gary Lund.

The Point! is currently available on CD as a reissue from Camden which includes The Point! and Harry's Skidoo soundtrack on one CD. For more information about this CD, see the Nilsson Reissues page.

The Play

The Point! has been staged as a play a number of times. Esquire Jauchem adapted Harry's The Point for the Boston Repertory Theater stage in 1975.

In 1976 and 1977, Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones (formerly of The Monkees) starred in the play at the Mermaid Theatre in London. Colin Bennet directed the play and a cast album of the songs was released. The Monkees.net web site includes photographs and a description of the play.

In 1991 the play was revived at the Chapel Court Theater of the Hollywood United Methodist Church with choreography by Janet Eilber.

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