The Beatles in Yellow Submarine


Yellow Submarine

Release date: 17th July 1968

"I loved Yellow Submarine. I thought it was really innovative with great animation. The Sea of Holes, the Blue Meanie syndrome - it's still great and I'm glad we were involved with it."


"I liked the film. I think it's a classic. I'm not sure why we never did our own voices, but the actors probably did it better because they needed to be more cartoon-like. (...) That film works for every generation - every baby, three or four years old, goes through Yellow Submarine."


"The idea for the Hoover, the machine that sucks people up - all those were my ideas. They used to come to the studio and chat: 'Hi, John, old bean. Got any ideas for the film?' And I'd just spout out all this stuff, and they went off and did it."


"I love the Disney films, so I thought this could be the greatest Disney movie ever - only with our music. That would be a lovely mix. They didn't want that, though, and luckily it wasn't my decision. Looking back on the film, I do like it now. It's really quite interesting."

Watch the original trailer

Once upon a timeā€¦ or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland - a place where happiness and music reigned supreme. But all that was threatened when the terrible Blue Meanies declared war and sent in their army led by a menacing Flying Glove to destroy all that was good. Enter John, Paul, George and Ringo to save the day! Armed with little more than their humour, songs, and of course, their yellow submarine, the Fab Four tackle the rough seas ahead in an effort to bring down the evil forces of bluedom.

When The Beatles' spectacular feature, Yellow Submarine, debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognisable as a landmark film. By merging the visual splendour of animation with a fantasy - adventure tale filled with peace, love, hope and of course, music, Yellow Submarine captured the essence of the Sixties. And by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques, it revolutionised a genre.

"The music, let's face it, was the inspiration for the whole film," said Yellow Submarine line producer John Coates. Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Medelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine began its voyage to the screen when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC's animated Beatles TV series, approached Beatles' manager Brian Epstein, with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature.

Yellow Submarine sits aloingside the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake.

"I thought from the very beginning that the film should be a series of interconnected shorts" remembers Yellow Submarine's art director, Heinz Edelmann. "The style should vary every five minutes or so to keep the interest going until the end". These styles included melding love-action photography with animation, 3 dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic "rotoscoping" where film is traced frame by frame into drawings."

The entire process took nearly two years, some 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists, but achieved its aims in producing a ground breaking piece of animation.

This visual feast is combined with a brilliant soundtrack of Beatles' music including "Eleanor Rigby", "When I'm 64", "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds" and "All You Need Is Love" creating a masterpiece that can be enjoyed by all.








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John CliveJohn
Geoffrey HughesPaul
Peter BattenGeorge
Paul AngelisRingo / Chief Blue Meanie
Dick EmeryLord Mayor / Nowhere Man / Max
Lance PercivalOld Fred
Lee MinoffStory
Lee Minoff, Al Brodax,
Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal
Al BrodaxProducer
George DunningDirector
Heinz EdelmannArt Director
George MartinMusical Director
Jack Stokes and Robert BalserAnimation Directors
Charles JenkinsSpecial Sequences
John CoatesProduction Supervisor
Jeff JonesExecutive Producer
Jonathan ClydeProducer
Paul Rutan Jr.Restoration Coordinator and Picture Supervisor
Robert Balser and John CoatesRestoration Consultants
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Darren EvansDVD Package Design
Trish McGregorProduction Manager
Shelley BakerProduction Assistant
Aaron BremnerArchive Manager
Dorcas Lynn, Christopher Purkiss
and Carl Bigmore
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