Yellow Submarine (1968)

This was an experience.

A few years ago, there was a special online showing of the Beatles classic Yellow submarine animated movie, and I missed it. I came in near the end and I hoped that I could start it over. Unfortunately, I could not and any time I tried to find it, I was unable to find it.

Since I have been doing the DailyView, Yellow Submarine was one I was hoping to watch, but, again, it was not easy to find. Finally, I discovered it on Apple + and I got the chance to watch the surreal fantasy.

I love the Beatles. I am a big fan of their music and the way the movie seamlessly interweaved the music of the Beatles, not only as songs in the movie, but also as part of the dialogue and the story was remarkable. The word play involved in Yellow Submarine was brilliantly manipulated. Sure, some of the jokes were groaners, but that went right along with the Beatles.

The animation was filled with color and flowed through this movie like nothing I had ever seen. The animation was influenced by everything from Picasso to Monty Python. The character designs was so trippy and creative that it is difficult to describe. It is an experimental explosion of color and totally unique.

The people of Pepperland are attacked by the music hating Blue Meanies and Captain Fred (Lance Percival), in his Yellow Submarine, was sent to Liverpool to recruit the Beatles (John, Paul, George and Ringo) to come back and help save Pepperland and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Along the way, the Beatles and the Yellow Submarine encounter all kinds of bizarre creatures and song-induced lands such as Sea of Time, Sea of Nothing, and Sea of Holes among others. They meet Jeremy Hillary Boob Ph.D. (Dick Emery), the Nowhere man who helps them fix the engine of the Yellow Submarine after it breaks down.

I’ll say this again, I have never seen anything quite like Yellow Submarine.

Now, the Beatles themselves did not voice the characters of the Beatles in the movie. They were voiced by he following: Paul Angelis (George and Ringo…as well as the lead Blue Meanie), John Clive (John) and Geoffrey Hughes (Paul). The real life Beatles made an appearance at the very end in a live action shot.

Songs appearing in the movie included the title track, Eleanor Rigby, All Together Now, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Nowhere Man, among others.

If you love the Beatles, you’ll love this too. It is a beautiful mess of chaos and colorful fantasy. It is wild and crazy. Loved it. It is a visual smorgasbord to our eyes.

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