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Yellow Submarine (1968)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  13 November 1968 (USA)
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The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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(singing voice) (as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
Paul Angelis ...
Ringo / Chief Blue Meanie / Narrator / George (voice)
John Clive ...
John (voice)
Dick Emery ...
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Paul (voice) (as Geoff Hughes)
Lance Percival ...
Old Fred (voice)
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Storyline

The singing group, The Beatles, at the height of their popularity, made this cartoon of a land that is taken over by the Blue Meanies. They are recruited by an escapee to come and bring joy (and music) back to the land. The techniques are quite psychedelic in the cartoons and much care was taken to have the walks and mannerisms of the individual Beatles cartoons match the originals. Written by John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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Nothing Is Real. See more »


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13 November 1968 (USA)  »

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The Beatles' Yellow Submarine  »

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£250,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

According Lee Minoff, the character of the Nowhere Man is based on the noted theatrical director and doctor, Jonathan Miller. See more »

Goofs

In the closed captions during the George Harrison song "It's Only A Northern Song", the captions instead read "It's Only A NORMAL Song". George used the word Northern because he wanted to complete his contract with Northern Songs. See more »

Quotes

Paul: [singing] When I get older losing my hair many years from now. Will you still be sending me a valentine, birthday greetings, bottle of wine? If I'd been out till quarter to three would you lock the door? Will you still need me, will you still feed me When I'm Sixty Four?
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Crazy Credits

The lyric "All Together Now" is shown in several different languages while the song plays at the end. See more »

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Referenced in Cherry Ettes for Hire (1984) See more »

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Love You To
Performed by The Beatles
Written by George Harrison
Published by Apple Records
Courtesy of Apple Records
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Nothing comparable--EVER!
16 December 2006 | by (Austin, TX) – See all my reviews

What COULD compare? Yellow Submarine is 130,000 frames (90min x 60sec x 24 frames/sec) of classical, pop, tribute (to earlier animation styles), and original art from Da Vinci to Warhol to Picasso to Popeye to unbridled hallucination, drawn to a best-of-Python screenplay of non-sequiturs, puns, and pokes at institutions from cold-war antagonists to (governor) Reagan's paranoid National Guard deployment against counterculturists.

It's a feast for the senses and sensibilities. One can revel in the flashing, dancing colors and art styles--most of which well-shame anything Disney ever attempted and make today's phony-depth digital claptrap look like spilled esophageal reflux. The soundtrack is a condensed spectrum of the range with which Lennon/McCartney/Harrison composed, from deeply contemplative (Eleanor Rigby) to near-post-adolescent exuberance (Harrison's contributions) to silly-love-song filler showtunes (All Together Now). The dialog exchanges keep viewer's verbal senses on the edge of their seats. The theme undercurrents lightheartedly appeal nostalgically to those who were drawn to it in its theatrical release, historically to those who still wonder 'what the 60s was all about', without getting in the way of sheer artistic ebullience.

If you're an adult, it helps to like animation and British-invasion-era music (or Mozart, Bach, Beethoven, Rodgers & Hammerstein, for that matter). If you're an adult watching it with your kids (there's nothing offensive), be prepared for them to groan at Disney/Pixar/Nickelodeon rubbish from then on, and say "I want more of THAT!"


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