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The Point is an animated television film directed by Fred Wolf and produced by Murakami-Wolf Films in association with Nilsson House Music. The film is based on the 1970 studio album of the same name by American songwriter and musician Harry Nilsson. The film was the first animated feature ever to air in prime time on US television.

Synopsis

A father tells his son a bedtime story about young Oblio, who believes that having no point in the fantastical kingdom of pointed heads and things, still has a point.


Background

In its initial airing, the voice of the father was provided by a friend of Nilsson's, Dustin Hoffman, who agreed to take $20,000 for his narration to be used on one broadcast, so for later airings of the film, the narration had to be re-recorded. The initial re-recording was done by actor Alan Barzman. The VHS and DVD releases feature another of Nilsson's friends, Ringo Starr, as the father. Another version, seen on cable television in the '80s and '90s, featured narration by Alan Thicke.

The Ringo Starr version is currently the only version available on home video, the previous versions have become extremely scarce.

Cast

Image Character 1st Telecast
(Original)
2nd Telecast 3rd Telecast Home Video
Oblio's Father.png Father / Narrator Dustin Hoffman Alan Barzman Alan Thicke Ringo Starr

Transmission

Date(s) Channel Version Country
1971 ABC Dustin Hoffman United States United States
1970's Alan Barzman
1980's-90's Disney Channel Alan Thicke

Video Releases

Distributor Year Format Region Country
Family Home Entertainment 1993 VHS.jpg NTSC United States United States
MVD Visual 2012 DVD.jpg 1
NTSC
2020 BD A
DVB-T

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