Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine

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(Limelight). Al Brodax was the producer and co-author of the ground-breaking animated film, Yellow Submarine . In this book he recalls a frenzied, madcap escapade that came to be reflected in an enduring piece of screen history. In addition to Al and The Beatles, the "cast" included more than a dozen animators, platoons of inkers, background artists, soundmen, cameramen, and various essential expediters. They produced, aside from the film, more than a dozen pregnancies and one or two marriages. This generously illustrated book is a special gift ...

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Overview

(Limelight). Al Brodax was the producer and co-author of the ground-breaking animated film, Yellow Submarine . In this book he recalls a frenzied, madcap escapade that came to be reflected in an enduring piece of screen history. In addition to Al and The Beatles, the "cast" included more than a dozen animators, platoons of inkers, background artists, soundmen, cameramen, and various essential expediters. They produced, aside from the film, more than a dozen pregnancies and one or two marriages. This generously illustrated book is a special gift to fans of the Beatles, of Yellow Submarine and of spirited, flavorful writing about movies. (267 pages, 8 x 9.33 )

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Publishers Weekly
Judging from the fan fury that greeted the use of the Beatles' "Revolution" in a Nike commercial 15 years or so ago, and given the high artistic esteem they are held in, it's easy to think the Fab Four exist somewhere outside of commerce, where popular music is untouched by financial concerns. But Yellow Submarine's producer and co-writer Brodax, in his telling of the story behind the production of the psychedelic animated film (and the Saturday morning schlocktoon that preceded it), reminds readers that the world's biggest rock stars were definitely big enough to fuel a variety of different merchandising and moneymaking projects. As Brodax reveals, Yellow Submarine had scheme written all over it. Conceived as a relatively painless way to satisfy the band's three-movie contract with United Artists, the film's animation was begun even before the production team had a script. That was only the first of many hurdles; there was also an unreliable, make-their-own-schedule animation team, the finicky and stoned-flighty Beatles and the London pub where most of the production meetings took place. But somehow, it all came together to create a cherished animated film that is greater than the sum of its parts. Given that so much of Brodax's narrative describes one meeting or another, his style is an engaging mix of self-conscious Brooklynese and a Carnaby Street Austin Powers-esque slang ("Smashing, absolutely, altogether smashing!"), which carries the story along with authority and at a breezy clip. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780879109929
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 267
  • Sales rank: 1,011,942

Table of Contents

Prologue 1
1. In the Beginning 3
2. Hot Ticket, Short Option, Long Odds 21
3. Baby, You're a Rich Man 31
4. In the Shadow of the Dorch 37
5. Help! They Need Somebody 45
6. Writers ... the Short List 63
7. Getting It Together 91
8. The Crucible ... August 1967-July 1968 127
9. And in the End 259
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