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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)
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Paul (voice) (as Geoff Hughes)
Lance Percival ...
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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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The Beatles Have Grown Up...They're Adults Now! 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

Blue Meanies have six fingers on each hand. This is probably poking fun at the common practice among animators of dropping the pinkie finger when drawing hands, leaving the character with four fingers. See more »

Goofs

In the beginning when the Chief Blue Meanie is holding up Max and scolding him, the colors/stripes on Max's boots switch back and forth a couple times. See more »

Quotes

Paul: [they're hiding from the Meanies in the gazebo] Do you think they heard us?
John: I hope not.
Paul: Shhh!
George: What did you say?
Paul: Shhh!
George: Good plan.
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Starring Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tiptoe thru' the Tulips with Me
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Music by Joseph A. Burke
Lyrics by Al Dubin
Portion sung by Paul Angelis (as "Tiptoe through the Meanies")
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The greatest film ever
21 March 2001 | by See all my reviews

The music of the Beatles had galvanized an army of very creative artists who have accomplished the impossible, and created the movie that parallels the elegance and beauty of the music that inspired it. Many people feel that this film is a miracle, and I have the same feeling, especially when I'm watching it breathlessly from the beginning to its end.

Similar to the way the Beatles themselves have created many of their masterpieces, this film is the result of a "controlled chaos". Lennon remarked that many of his imagery and lyrics were just conceived off the top of his head, which is precisely the thing that gives them the freshness and spontaneity we adore. Same is with the rich and fulfilling imagery of this film -- it is obviously an outcome of the 'shoot from the hip' approach. It sounds unbelievable, but the film's ending (the most brilliant piece of all), was thrown in during one hectic weekend! Knowing this, it is not surprising to learn that the principal artist who designed the look and feel of the "Yellow Submarine" movie, almost went blind after finishing it (he set a grueling schedule of sleeping only four hours every other night during the making of the film! -- it took him several years to regain his health)

On a personal level, this film works as some kind of revelation for me. It is impossible to put it into words, but the film stirs the deepest, most contradictory emotions in me. It transcends space and time, and has the ability to bring me into the state where the regular, everyday thoughts do not apply. In that respect, it is as strong as the best Beatles songs.

Many criticisms of this movie are sadly missing the point. To criticise the animation as being jerky and unrealistic amounts to criticising Picasso for not painting more photo-realistic canvases. Misses the point entirely. To criticise the understatement-laden dialogue is to miss the finer points of comedy, insisting on the Three Stooges slapstick only. To say that the story line is incoherent is to betray the sitcom-infested mind in the sad state of commercial-induced eating disorder.

I must confess that I had approached the viewing of this film with a huge dose of skepticism. I thought it's going to look and feel lame, with a dated and naive hippy/psychedelia cliches. Boy, was I in for a shock!

My rating: 11 out of 10


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