WHAT’S THE POINT?
Back in the groovy 70’s, some teacher or other showed my
class a movie called The Point. This animated film, narrated by Ringo Starr,
tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed child born in a village of
pointy-headed people. When Oblio gets
uppity and shows up the son of the chief bad guy in a game of Triangle Toss, he
and his dog, Arrow, are exiled to the Pointless
If you lived through the 70’s, you probably already know the
“point” of the movie. It’s ok to be
different, and everyone has a point, even if it is not clearly displayed on the
top of their heads.
Side note: The Point
spawned the hit song “Me and My Arrow,” which was a perfectly nice song before
it was co-opted by corporate America
and became the theme of a car commercial.
Kind of like Carly Simon’s “Anticipation” will now forever be associated
Anyway, when I stumbled across a DVD of The Point, I picked it up for my kids. It was mainly a nostalgia move on my
part. Surely the subtlety-free film would
not resonate with my new-millennium kids, would it?
Much to my surprise, Tigger watched it three times in a row
the day she opened it, and has now viewed it a total of 12-15 times. And last night, with Tigger away at a slumber
party, Little Bit and I indulged in a pizza and movie night. She chose The
Point for the evening’s entertainment.
What do they like about it so much? Tigger’s favorite scene has three extremely
round and bouncy dancing women cavorting merrily through the forest. Just like Oblio, she has no trouble at all
seeing the Point of that. The movie ends
happily. Oblio brings the lessons he
learns in the Pointless Forest
home, and everyone gets it. Who needs
subtlety, realism, or dark portent?
Give us optimism and joy.