Yellow Submarine
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Posted On: April 26, 2012

Director: George Dunning , Dick Emery , studio D&E Entertainment ,
Release Date: 2012-05-10
Genre: Action & Adventure
MPAA Rating: G
Starring: Paul Angelis id 770679027 – Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie Peter Batten id 770679026 – George Beatles The id 770910113 John Clive id 770679024 – John Geoffrey Hughes id 770679025 – Paul

Yellow Submarine is an animated meandering journey filled with puns and dry British humor, where psychedelic music videos take precedent over any linear story. What little there is of a plot, however, concerns a vibrantly colored place called Pepperland that resembles the album cover for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band come to life. The swirling animation is a mixture of pop-culture images and modern artistic styles brought loosely together with a naive antiwar message and some clever political commentary. 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 (voiced by actors). The charming and innocent boys travel through strange worlds and meet bizarre characters, including the tagalong Nowhere Man. Several blissed-filled musical sequences and drug references later, the Beatles drive out the Blue Meanies and restore Pepperland to tranquility armed with only music, love, and witty remarks. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

2008-09-04 freshness fresh

TIME Magazine If the result seems less a coherent story than a two-hour pot high Submarine is still a breakthrough combination of the feature film and art’s intimacy with the unconscious.

Variety Staff

2007-09-06 freshness fresh

Variety Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment.

Lisa Alspector

2007-09-06 freshness fresh

Chicago Reader This 1968 Beatles musical gets somewhat plot heavy near the end but it’s a marvel of innocence and free association blending several animation techniques in a loose narrative full of gentle bad puns and flowing visual segues.

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