Animation

Book Reshorts: The Scooby-Doo Dilemma

In the final Book Reshorts of the winter season, and the first of the new year, Sam surprises Danielle by expressing his consternation with a particular aspect of the 2010 Scooby-Doo show Mystery Incorporated: Scooby-Doo’s love life. In the show, Scooby-Doo acquires a romantic partner who is a regular Cocker Spaniel dog, and Sam wrestles with the ethical and logistical questions of this pairing. While the show was filled with ridiculous choices, from Nazi robots to inter-dimensional aliens, listen to Sam breeze past those insanities to remain laser-focused on the aspect of the show that confuses him the most.

The Point

This week Sam shares an animated childhood classic The Point, with Danielle. In a land inhabited only by pointy-headed people where everything, by law, must have a point, is born Oblio, a child without a pointy-head. Once Danielle is able to move past the economics of a town based entirely on the creation of pointy things, Oblio is banished to the Pointless Forest for his crime of pointlessness. His dog, Arrow, who is very pointy, is also inexplicably banished. Oblio and Arrow must traverse the forest and learn from its often unhelpful inhabitants how to find his true value (and point). The puns are inescapable, the characters unnervingly unflappable, and the story and music are provided by Harry Nilsson after an acid trip, which explains a lot. Will little Oblio survive the forest and discover if he’s truly pointless? Join us as we try to find our own point on this trippy animated journey.