Yellow Submarine - Yellow Submarine (1968)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
John Lennon John (live-action epilogue) (singing voice) (as The Beatles)
Paul McCartney Paul (live-action epilogue) (singing voice) (as The Beatles)
George Harrison George (live-action epilogue) (singing voice) (as The Beatles)
Ringo Starr Ringo (live-action epilogue) (singing voice) (as The Beatles)
Paul Angelis Chief Blue Meanie; Ringo (voice)
John Clive John (voice)
Dick Emery Jeremy Hilary Boob, Ph.D (Nowhere Man); Lord Mayor; Max (voice)
Geoffrey Hughes Paul (voice) (as Geoff Hughes)
Lance Percival Young/Old Fred (voice)
Peter Batten George (uncredited) (voice)
Movie Details
Genre Animation; Fantasy; Musical
Director George Dunning (II); George Dunning; Dick Emery
Producer Al Brodax; John Lennon; Paul McCartney
Writer Al Brodax; Roger McGough; Jack Mendelsohn; Lee Minoff; Erich Segal; John Lennon; Paul McCartney
Studio MGM / UA
Language English
Audience Rating G (General Audience)
Running Time 90 mins
Country USA
Color Color
This restored, animated valentine to the Beatles offers viewers the rare chance to see a work that's been substantially improved by its technical facelift, not just supersized with extra footage. Recognizing that its song-studded soundtrack alone makes Yellow Submarine a video annuity, United Artists has lavished a frame-by-frame refurbishment of the original feature, while replacing its original monaural audio tracks with a meticulously reconstructed stereo mix that actually refines legendary original album versions.

What emerges is a vivid time capsule of the late '60s and a minor milestone in animation. The music represents the quartet's zenith--Rubber Soul, Revolver, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The story line, cobbled together by producer Al Brodax and a committee of writers, is a broad, feather-light allegory set in idyllic Pepperland, where the gentle citizens are threatened by the nasty, music-hating Blue Meanies and their surreal arsenal of henchmen, with the Beatles enlisted to thwart the bad guys. Visually, designer Heinz Edelmann mixes the biomorphic squiggles, day-glo palette, and Beardsley-esque portraits of Peter Max with rotoscoped still photographs and film; Edelmann's animated collages also nod to Andy Warhol and Magritte in properly psychedelic fashion, which works wonderfully with such terrific songs.

High orthodox Beatlemaniacs can still grouse that the animated Fab Four are (literally) flat archetypes, but that's missing the sheer bloom of the music or the giddy, campy fun of the visuals. Making sense of the story is second to submerging blissfully in the sights and sounds of this video treat. --Sam Sutherland

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 142
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Dual layer
UPC 027616750822
Chapters 36
Release Date 1999
Subtitles English; French
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Mono [CC]
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen Animated Dolby
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