February 9, 2014: Yellow Submarine (1968)

yellow_submarine_xlg

Cast and Crew: George Dunning (Director), Heinz Edelmann (Art Direction); George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr

What It’s About: In this early “grown-up” animated feature, utopian Pepperland is under assault by the music-hating Blue Meanies.  A magical yellow submarine escapes to retrieve The Beatles to come to the rescue.  The comic adventure plot isn’t too drastically different from The Beatles’ earlier feature films (Help!, A Hard Day’s Night), but the change from live-action to animation makes the movie significantly more psychedelic and eclectic; it’ll feel extremely familiar to fans of Peter Max or Terry Gilliam.  Such psychedelic classics as “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” feature prominently.  (The “Lucy” sequences, which feature rotoscoped images of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, are among the film’s most beautiful.)  Warning: do not watch this film if you have a negative reaction to strobe effects (e.g., because of epilepsy).

Why Watch it Today?: The Beatles’ first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show occurred on this date fifty years ago.  That was the catalyst for Beatlemania striking the United States.  If you’re a Beatles fan who hasn’t watched this movie in a long time, consider watching it again: the sequence for “Hey Bulldog,” part of the original British release of the film, only made it into the US version in 1999.

Advertisements

One comment on “February 9, 2014: Yellow Submarine (1968)

  1. drfreex says:

    I canNOT overemphasize the stunning impact of seeing this in a theater when it was first run – at the tender age of 11. Having your mind expanded at that youthful point made a lot of future decisions perfecty clear, to say the least.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s