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Yellow Submarine (1968)

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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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(singing voice) (as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
Paul Angelis ...
Ringo / Chief Blue Meanie / George / Narrator (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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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 John Vogel <jlvogel@comcast.net>

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It's all in the mind y'know 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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Did You Know?

Trivia

Paul Angelis created the Chief Blue Meanie's teeth chattering sound by clanking two saucer plates together. See more »

Goofs

The Beatles spot five Apple Bonkers taking apples off a tree, but as they watch them march and sound off before a Meanie Squad Leader, there are only four Apple Bonkers. See more »

Quotes

[opening a door to find King Kong abducting a woman]
George: Do you think we're interrupting something?
John: I think so.
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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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Only a Northern Song
Performed by The Beatles
Written by George Harrison
Published by Apple Records
Courtesy of Apple Records
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If you think music video started with MTV, see this film...
24 June 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Yellow Submarine" is a great film but it's not because of the plot or even the whimsical, non-sequitur filled dialogue. "Yellow Submarine" works best as a series of loosely connected music videos that pre-date MTV by 12 years.

If you grew up with MTV and you think that most music videos consist of 80's Hair-Metal bands "in concert" or rappers in hot tubs with women in bikinis, take a look at some of the musical numbers in "Yellow Submarine".

You have "Only a Northern Song" which is presented with Andy Warhol style pop-art images. "Nowhere Man" is a whimsical, trippy, rainbow colored cartoon. "When I'm Sixty Four" is illustrated by a "Sesame Street" style numerical countdown. Even "All Together Now", for which The Beatles themselves actually appear on screen, contains little camera tricks and quick cut edits that are common tools of more recent music videos.

The two best segments in the movie, in my opinion, are "Eleanor Rigby" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds". "Eleanor Rigby" uses black and white still photos of what is apparently Liverpool rotoscoped with occasional splashes of color to illustrate the dreariness of the lives of "all the lonely people." The full-color rotoscoped images for "Lucy", such as the can-can dancing chorus line and the horse running in the field, are beautiful.

If you are a fan of The Beatles, great animation, or music video, this film is for you.


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