When the music hating Blue Meanies take over Pepperland and freeze everyone within it, including the protectors, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band. Captain Fred and his Yellow Submarine recruit The Beatles to help save Pepperland. Along the way, they fall through the Sea of Time, Sea of Nothing, Sea of Holes and more. They meet Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D. and take him with them along the adventure. When at Pepperland, the Beatles "rally the land to rebellion" and take down the Blue Meanies, the four-headed Meanie dog and the Dreadful Flying Glove (with the songs "Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band", "With A Little Help From My Friends", "Hey Bulldog", "All You Need is Love"). In the end, we see all four live-action Beatles singing "All Together Now". Written by
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In the Summer of 1967, director George Dunning brought German artist Heinz Edelmann to London to work as production designer on "Yellow Submarine". But the script wasn't ready and Edelmann was not given a specific assignment. After two months of inactivity he decided to quit and vented his frustrations by drawing a series of villainous characters; these became the film's Blue Meanies, the Apple Bonkers, and The Glove. Dunning loved the sketches and from then on Edelmann was a guiding force in the production, designing most of the characters and backgrounds and helping to develop the story. He let his imagination run rampant and cultivated a style of "visual overload" (his words) to cover the plot holes and maintain interest. There had been nothing like it before in mainstream animation and many viewers assumed Edelmann got his ideas from using hallucinogens. He set the record straight on that: "I had never taken any drugs. I'm a conservative, working class person who'd stick to booze all his life. And so I just knew about the psychedelic experience just by hearsay. And I guessed what it was". See more »
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 »
[the Beatles just saw duplicates of themselves in a second yellow submarine]
Maybe we're both part of a vast yellow submarine fleet.
There's only two of us.
Well, then, I would suggest that yonder yellow submarine is none other than ourselves...
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The lyric "All Together Now" is shown in several different languages while the song plays at the end. See more »
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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