Yellow Submarine

Yellow Submarine

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Director: George Dunning, Dick Emery

Cast: George Dunning, Dick Emery, The Beatles

     
 

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Yellow Submarine is an animated meandering journey filled with puns and dry British humor, where psychedelic music videos take precedent over any linear story. What little there is of a plot, however, concerns a vibrantly colored place called Pepperland that resembles the album cover for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band come to life. The swirlingSee more details below

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Yellow Submarine is an animated meandering journey filled with puns and dry British humor, where psychedelic music videos take precedent over any linear story. What little there is of a plot, however, concerns a vibrantly colored place called Pepperland that resembles the album cover for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band come to life. The swirling animation is a mixture of pop-culture images and modern artistic styles brought loosely together with a naïve antiwar message and some clever political commentary. The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music, firing anti-music missiles, bonking people with green apples, and turning the inhabitants to stone by way of the pointed finger of a giant white glove. As the only survivor, the Lord Admiral escapes in the yellow submarine and goes to London to enlist the help of the Beatles (voiced by actors). The charming and innocent boys travel through strange worlds and meet bizarre characters, including the tagalong Nowhere Man. Several blissed-filled musical sequences and drug references later, the Beatles drive out the Blue Meanies and restore Pepperland to tranquility armed with only music, love, and witty remarks.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Donald Gray
For their third feature film, the Beatles subtracted themselves from the screen entirely, much as they had removed themselves from the touring circuit two years earlier. Working together with directors George Dunning and Dick Emery, the Fab Four concocted Yellow Submarine as an animated fantasia of swirling color and song; a gorgeous, psychedelic, pop-art relic from a bygone era. The loose plot involves the cartoon Beatles battling a horde of Blue Meanies over the soul of Pepperland. Although the narrative is not the film's strong point, the animation itself is quite colorful and imaginative. The terrific songs, meanwhile -- including "Nowhere Man," "Eleanor Rigby," and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" -- help to buoy the film over any rough spots. This DVD reflects a digitally renovated picture and remixed 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound and also includes a original storyboards, a music-only track, and a behind-the-scenes featurette.
All Movie Guide - Andrea LeVasseur
An animated musical-epic, Yellow Submarine is a head movie for the whole family to enjoy. Made as the Beatles were close to breaking up, and agreed upon as a way to get out of the United Artists' three-picture deal after Hard Day's Night and Help!, the bandmembers had minimal input on the film. They didn't even provide voice-overs and only appeared in a short live-action scene. Yet, Yellow Submarine stands as evidence of what the band symbolized to fans by portraying the Beatles saving the world with love and music. Visually, it is a kaleidoscopic lesson in art history, with director George Dunning fusing together pop art, op art, surrealism, and general weirdness. The swirling colors and dazzling movement set the standard for British psychedelia of the time, as well as proving influential for experimental animation styles to come. The story is numbingly simple, interspersed with cultural references and the spontaneous banter common to the other Beatles movies, but that is secondary to the excellent musical score, including "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds," "Eleanor Rigby," and "All You Need Is Love." Yellow Submarine remains an animated classic that captures the charming fantasy of the late-'60s psychedelic phenomena.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/05/2012
UPC:
5099962146098
Original Release:
1968
Source:
Capitol
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo, Dolby Digital Mono]
Time:
1:30:00
Sales rank:
16,280

Special Features

Audio Commentary Track by John Coates with Additional contribution by Heinz Edelmann; Featurette "Mod Odyssey" Original Theatrical Trailer; Three Storyboard sequences - including two not used in the final film; Original Pencil Drawings; Behind-the-Scenes photos; Interviews with the crew and vocal talents; Collectible booklet that dives behind-the-scenes of this landmark animated adventure

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Angelis Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie
Peter Batten George
Beatles Actor
John Clive John
Dick Emery Lord Mayor,Max,Nowhere Man
George Harrison Beatle
Geoffrey Hughes Paul
John Lennon Actor
Paul McCartney Actor
Lance Percival Old Fred
Ringo Starr Actor

Technical Credits
George Dunning Director
Dick Emery Director
Beatles Score Composer
Erich Segal Screenwriter
George Harrison Score Composer
Diane Jackson Animator
John Lennon Score Composer
Paul McCartney Score Composer
Jack Stokes Animator
John Williams [composer] Cinematographer
Dick Horn Animator
John Challis Animator
Jim Hiltz Animator
George Martin Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision

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