“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.” – Harry Nilsson
Thus a children’s fable was born, as many of them are, from the ruminations of a man high on acid. That little moment of inspiration grew into an album, an animated movie and a stage musical. I haven’t seen the latter two, though judging from clips, Nilsson’s soundtrack music far outstrips the quality of the animation. Luckily, Nilsson’s melodic talents were well suited to writing songs for children, and the album of The Point!, complete with the singer’s own narration, is quite pleasant. It’s far from Nilsson’s most masterful work, but by the standards of children’s entertainment, it’s rather appealing and not too overly cutesy.