Here is something for all you blotter-heads out there. In 1971, American songwriter Harry Nilsson penned a quirky children’s story with a charming concept and layers of social themes like alienation and conformity.
The Point! centers around a character named Oblio, a round-headed boy who lives in a village of pointy-headed people. Originally, it was conceived as an animated film narrated by Ringo Starr and it aired as The ABC Movie of The Week in 1971. The serene and sometimes drowsy psychedelic music from the film was released as an accompanying album in the same year with Nilsson taking over narrating duties for Starr. For those of you who enjoyed Blackalicious’ 2002 song “Blazing Arrow“, this tune below about Oblio and his dog, may ring a bell:
Harry Nilsson – “Me and My Arrow” (From The Point! Soundtrack)
So how did this story come to be? Well, as Nilsson puts it, “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.” Yes, Harry, you were certainly on acid — and we are truly grateful. Watch the first segment from the film below:
You can watch the entire 7-part animated film in full on The Hobbit’s double-feature YouTube Channel which also includes the animated version of, you guessed it, The Hobbit.
Purchase the deluxe-packaged soundtrack from Amazon.