Every film from Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" essays.
Nothing Is Real.
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.
Ok the music is classic....the animation is ground breaking (a huge influence on the great Terry Gilliam)....The Beatles (wow do they look young) appear at the end of the movie....all those are the good things. The bad....the story does not make any sense. The story....blue meanies who hate music attack the land of musicians....the Beatles take a ride on the yellow submarine and save the day.
I am the ego man, goo goo ga choo.
If you're going to watch an animated musical featuring The Beatles it would probably help if you're a fan of their music. That's nothing unique to this film though, whether or not you like the music in any musical is going to effect your viewing experience.
The movie's characters and character designs are extremely charming and The Beatles themselves are constantly poking fun at themselves. There's a scene where Ringo ends up ejected from the Yellow Submarine and the group's first instinct is to figure out how to go on without him (Learn to sing trios) before Paul finally interjects with "Naw, let's save the poor devil".
The animation borrows…
I judge people by what they say about The Beatles.
Next to no care about The Beatles before watching this, but after tripping balls throughout the entire running time I had a newfound appreciation for their music.
I suppose there will be no way to tell - at least for a while - but I'd be willing to bet that this is the movie that haunts my children the longest. At nearly 5 and 2, they stuck with the surreal and often jarring animation for the duration. But those Blue Meanies may cost me a fortune in psychiatric bills down the line. Worth noting that they've been listening to little else but the Yellow Submarine sound track for the past 4 weeks, so they could always count on a familiar tune if things ever got too unnerving.
As for me, I genuinely enjoyed the originality of the animation. The When I'm 64 and Lucy in the Sky of Diamonds sequences were especially inspired.
A ramped-up version of a Saturday morning cartoon featuring animated likenesses of The Beatles and their music? How good could it be?
It could be quite fantastic, actually.
Yellow Submarine was like a present we gave ourselves at the end of the Sixties, preserving as it does the things that were right about the period - optimism, idealism, irreverence, and an innocent faith that Art could make all things right - and none of the negatives. Even past such philosophical frippery, Yellow Submarine was also important historically, proving as it did that an animated film did not have to slavishly ape Disney movies to be successful.
This is all-ages entertainment at it's finest - bright colors and exciting story for the kiddies, and bright colors and Joycean wordplay for the adults. A classic win-win.
I've got a hole in me pocket
"Once upon a time, or maybe twice, there was a land called Pepperland. Eighty thousand leagues beneath the sea it lay, or lie (I'm not too sure)."
"Yellow Submarine" was released in 1968, after the Summer of Love but before Woodstock, when the Beatles stood astride the world of pop music, and "psychedelic art" had such an influence that people actually read underground newspapers printed in orange on yellow paper. That was the year "2001: A Space Odyssey" was released in reserved-ticket engagements with an intermission, and hippies would mingle with the ticket holders on the sidewalk outside the theater, and sneak back into the theater for the film's second half, to lay, or lie, flat on their backs…
One of my favorite films. I love the animation and the story. Most, if not all, of the songs are my favorite songs from the Beatles. It's super fun to sing along and it's a childhood favorite. All you need is love...
One thing that strikes me as odd was that the Beatles didn't do their own voices ... I recently just found this out, but it didn't really change how I felt about the movie.
Such original animation.
The animation and story are irrepressibly wondrous and vibrant. The music, the Beatles tunes original to the film and those existing previously, as well as the George Martin score, is beautifully bouncy. The uniquely creepy Blue Meanies and nowhere man Jeremy Boob are character highlights. Much fun.
Famed musical quartet The Beatles are whisked away on a surreal animated musical quest to save a parallel maybe-dream world from some whiny sadist contrarians.
I loved this film as a child, but as an adult I'm seriously trying to figure out how this film was successful enough that Robert Zemeckis wants to remake it. My only feasible conclusion so far is drugs. Lots and lots of very good drugs.
The music is studio material off a modest assortment of Beatles albums, intercut with standard semi-orchestral pieces that were probably on loan from Rankin/Bass. The animation is varied and colorful, never too far gone to take one out of the experience but shifting and adjusting regularly enough to be interesting…
I liked the 60's trippy style. The music was nice, but "Nowhere Man" was my favorite song in the whole film. Maybe the story is not that strong, but I appreciate the effort of the animators.
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