The Point

Some get the point, others do not. What we think is pointless rarely is. Ironically it is often activities like pointless consumerism which are pointless that no one gets the point that they are pointless.

If enough people rise up, we can even overthrow dictators.

The Point (1971): An animated story of an unusual kingdom in which everything and everybody is pointed – except for a young boy named Oblio, who has a round face. But it is not what we look like, it is what is within us, what we do, that matters.

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.

Music composed and performed by Harry Nilsson (“Me and My Arrow”), who also wrote the story. Ringo Starr narrates.

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2 Responses to “The Point”

  1. laineestreet Says:

    Thanks, Keith for posting all of this point of view… he hee hee. I show it to my beginning theatre students every year. Many of my students are like Oblio, but soon they realize about the beauty of being unique and not being afraid to let it out….. aannnnddd especially supporting others who are unique.


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