Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

Synopsis of Movie

"Once upon a time...
Or maybe twice..."

Yellow Submarine was the third feature film featuring the acclaimed and influential rock band, The Beatles, and the first one that was animated. The movie transformed the Fab Four into cartoon characters that each sported a mop top and a thick Liverpool accent.

John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr did not supply the voices for their likenesses, which were instead provided by voice-over actors. The Beatles, however, provided four new songs for the film and appeared in a live-action epilogue.

As the film opens, the sinister Blue Meanies launch an all-out assault on Pepperland, stealing the love, peace and music from the good people who live there. Only Old Fred escapes, and he seeks out the Liverpool lads in his multi-talented yellow submarine.

Once the boys are rounded up, Fred and The Beatles travel in the submarine through seas of monsters, science, time and holes, running across such oddball creations as Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD, a fast-talking, rhyming munchkin. The lads brave through every danger with a smile and a song, eventually arriving at Pepperland for a love-fueled showdown with the Meanies and their dreaded blue Glove.

Admittedly, the plot was a bit thin, but that was hardly the point. Yellow Submarine wasn't a journey—it was a trip. With a wide palette of bright colors and a pop art psychedelic look reminiscent of Peter Max, the movie was an endless source of rainbow eye candy.

It was also a treat for the ears, mixing new tunes like "It's All Too Much" with Beatles classics such as "Eleanor Rigby," "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," "All You Need Is Love" and of course, the title tune. When the music wasn't playing, the film was peppered with clever bits of dialogue and throwaway one-liners.

Even though actors provide the voices for John, Paul, George and Ringo, they managed to capture each Beatle's individual sensibility: John's cheekiness, Paul's cheeriness, George's drollness and Ringo's penchant for always getting himself into some sort of trouble.

Yellow Submarine's original animation style and choice Beatles songs made it an instant classic in its day. In 1999, the film was re-released on home video and DVD, including the "Hey Bulldog" sequence cut from the original movie.

"All together now..."

Movie Release History

1968 - Yellow Submarine

Movie Sub Categories

animated
live-action
sci-fi/fantasy
musical
other

Movie Studio

King Features, Apple Corps, Subafilms, United Artists

Cast

George Harrison  Himself
John Lennon   Himself
Paul McCartney  Himself
Ringo Starr  Himself
George (animated) Peter Batten
John (animated) John Clive
Paul (animated)  Geoffrey Hughes
Ringo (animated)  Paul Angelis
Chief Blue Meanie Paul Angelis
Max Dick Emery
Old Fred Lance Percival
Lord Mayor Dick Emery
Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D  Dick Emery

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