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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:

It's all in the mind y'know! See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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 of Special Sequences Charles Jenkins put many of his fellow crew members into the "Eleanor Rigby" sequence early in the movie. In order of appearance, Producer Al Brodax is the man smoking the pipe as the sub sails across the sky behind him. Next is his Production Coordinator, Abe Goodman as the man hunched into his coat on the far right of the screen (and Brodax occasionally claimed Goodman's face was used as the model for the Chief Blue Meanie!). The man in the distant high window, looking like he might jump, is Animation Director Robert Balser. The soccer teams consist of just two men, one for each side: voice actor (for Paul) Geoffrey Hughes as the eleven Everton players in blue, and animator Tony Cuthbert, who had also worked on eight episodes of The Beatles (1965) cartoon series, as the eleven Liverpool players in red. Animation Background Supervisor Alison De Vere turns up as the woman with the goldfish bowl in which the submarine briefly appears. And finally, photographs of arguably the two most important co-creators of the movie appear repeatedly in an homage to Magritte's many paintings of bourgeois gentlemen holding umbrellas; here, they are Director George Dunning and Art Director Heinz Edelmann. Other people familiar to the crew, operators of The Duck and Dog pub where they hung out, an accountant, a bookkeeper and her friend, a messenger boy at TV Cartoons of London (the British subcontractor to King Features), were used for other characters in the sequence. 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

Chief Meanie: Ah, the hills are alive...
Max: [sings] ... with the sound of music!
Chief Meanie: [Punches Max] Who did it? Who is responsible for this?
Max: Rimsky-Korsakov?
[Chief Meanie shoots him, Blue Menial #3 stomps him into ground]
Max: [Poking his head up from ground] Guy Lombardo?
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Crazy Credits

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

Alternate Versions

The European version contained one extra song, "Hey, Bulldog!", deleted from U.S. prints. This version was re-released to theatres worldwide in 1999 in a digitally restored print with a re-worked soundtrack, plus the "Hey, Bulldog!" number in its original context. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Muppet Babies: Elm Street Babies (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

All You Need Is Love
Performed by The Beatles
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Published by Apple Records
Courtesy of Apple Records
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User Reviews

Inventive, hilarious, and visually extraordinary
10 March 2007 | by ametaphysicalsharkSee all my reviews

'Yellow Submarine' is a visual stunner and an extremely well-scripted movie. There are lots of Beatles in jokes, George's fascination with Indian music and John's fascination with scientific theories are lampooned, the Beatles' power is joked about ("Nothing's Beatle Proof!") and poor old Ringo is just plain made fun of. The movie itself is arguably the most psychedelic ever made. The Beatles' descent into Pepperland is just one psychedelic scene after the other. The animation isn't great, but everything is just done so strange and fun that it becomes absolutely irresistible. The colors, landscapes, and creatures are just really different and vivid and vibrant. The songs are fit in very, very well (although "Nowhere Man" is undoubtedly the best sequence). Overall this works great as a musical or as an animated film, and there's definitely a lot of priceless, subtle dialog. I would name it one of the top 20 animated films of all time, really. Definitely worth watching, just because there simply isn't any movie like it.

10/10


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