The Point (Off-site at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater)

Co-presented by Animation Breakdown

The film will be preceded by a puppet show!

On the heels of his Grammy win for “Everybody’s Talkin’,” pioneering singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson submerged himself deep in an LSD trip and emerged with his sixth studio album, the hallucinogen-fueled, narrative-driven The Point! Quickly adapted into an animated TV film that first aired in 1971 as an ABC Movie of the Week, this bedtime story—narrated à la The Princess Bride by not Peter Falk, but a post-Midnight Cowboy Dustin Hoffman—begets an outsider tale of young Oblio (voiced by Mike Lookinland, aka OG Bobby Brady) whose seemingly “point-less” existence leads to his exile from The Land of Point into a journey of self-acceptance alongside his trusty K9, Arrow. The Point’s visual style deals in psychedelia strange enough for animation aficionados, yet safe and inviting enough for youngins, with an earnest message of tolerance forming its cross-generational heart. If listening to “Me and My Arrow” doesn’t inspire an instant Proustian rush, we promise you’ll soon count it among your all-time favorites.

Dir. Fred Wolf, 1971, 16mm, 74 min.

16mm print provided by Kier-La Janisse at Spectacular Optical