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Yellow Submarine (1968)

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The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred (Lance Percival) in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

Director:

George Dunning

Writers:

Lee Minoff (original story), John Lennon (based upon a song by) | 5 more credits »
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
The Beatles ... (singing voice) (as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band)
Paul Angelis Paul Angelis ... Ringo Starr / Chief Blue Meanie / George / Narrator (voice)
John Clive John Clive ... John Lennon (voice)
Dick Emery Dick Emery ... Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D. - Nowhere Man / Lord Mayor / Max (voice)
Geoffrey Hughes ... Paul McCartney (voice) (as Geoff Hughes)
Lance Percival Lance Percival ... Old Fred (voice)
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Storyline

When the music hating Blue Meanies take over Pepperland and freeze everyone within it, including the protectors, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Captain Fred (Lance Percival) 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. (Dick Emery) 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. Pepper's 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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Taglines:

The forces of good! The forces of evil! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 November 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Beatles' Yellow Submarine See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP250,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$107,105, 8 July 2018

Gross USA:

$992,305

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,273,261
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Sound Mix:

DTS (re-release)| Dolby Digital (re-release)| Mono (original release) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Director George Dunning was a specialist in animation using painted glass instead of traditional cels. He personally supervised the "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" sequence, which uses this technique extensively. See more »

Goofs

Paul and George's shirts change colors throughout the movie. Paul's shirt varies from a more purplish hue to an almost-black hue, and George's shirt varies from a greenish-brown to a more orange-y-brown. See more »

Quotes

Old Fred: Not polite to point!
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Crazy Credits

Starring Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band See more »

Alternate Versions

One version of the movie has a sequence with the song "Baby You're a Rich Man" where the Beatles and their Sgt. Peppers look-alikes are dancing after being released from the "glass ball" See more »

Connections

Featured in The Beatles Mod Odyssey (1968) See more »

Soundtracks

With A Little Help From My Friends
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
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 edman59See 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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