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An icon of psychedelic pop culture, Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical spectacle and an exhilaratingly joyful cinematic experience for all ages – filled with visual invention, optical illusions, word play, and glorious, glorious music.
Once upon a time….or maybe twice….there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland, 80,000 leagues under the sea it lay, a place where beauty, happiness, and music reign supreme.
But this peaceful harmony is shattered when the Blue Meanies invade with their army of storm bloopers, apple bonkers, snapping turtle turks, and the menacing flying glove in an attempt to stop the music and drain Pepperland of all color and hope. So it’s The Beatles to the rescue, as our animated heroes team up with Young Fred and the Nowhere Man and journey across seven seas to free Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, make peace with the Meanies, and restore music, color, and love to the world.
But beyond all the glorious music, Yellow Submarine is a landmark in animation, with Heinz Edelmann’s inspired art direction conjuring up a non-stop parade of wildly different styles and techniques. From the paper-doll residents of Pepperland, to the tinted photography of the soot covered roofs and smokestacks Liverpool, the menagerie of fanciful characters in the Sea of Monsters, the kaleidoscopic color-splashed rotoscoping of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, the vertigo inducing op-art of the Sea of Holes, and the triumphant euphony of the It’s All Too Much finale, the film is simply a joy.
UK | USA, 1968, 90 minutes, Not Rated, Directed by George Dunning
“Inspired surrealism, hip dialogue…a film for the ages.”– Michael Sauter, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
“An outrageously inventive piece of eye-popping pop, it still qualifies as one of the greatest animated movies ever made.”– Matt Brunson, CREATIVE LOAFING
“Its playful wit remains timeless.”– Phil Hall, FILM THREAT
“The classic, trippy Beatles animated movie is back and more colorful than ever.”– ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
“This remains as it has done for the last five decades a hugely enjoyable experience, with an innovative animation style that is in turn both unique and strikingly realised.”– John Higgins, STARBURST
“Arthouse fans and nostalgia lovers should be thrilled.”– Kevin Maher, TIMES (UK)