Yellow Submarine


1h 25m 1968

Brief Synopsis

The singing group, The Beatles, at the height of their popularity, made this cartoon of a land that is taken over by the Blue Meanies. They are recruited by an escapee to come and bring joy (and music) back to the land. The techniques are quite psychedelic in the cartoons and much care was taken to have the walks and mannerisms of the individual Beatles cartoons match the originals.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 Nov 1968
Production Company
King Features; Subafilms
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the song "Yellow Submarine," words and music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
DTS (re-release), Dolby Digital (re-release), Mono (original release)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Synopsis

On a peaceful day in the happy kingdom of Pepperland, a concert by Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is interrupted by an invasion of the Blue Meanies, a horde of music-hating ogres who drain their victims of color with Splotch Guns and render them immobile by pelting them on their heads with huge green apples. Old Fred, the conductor of the band, escapes to the Lord Mayor, who sends him for help in a yellow submarine. Upon arriving in Liverpool, Old Fred encounters Ringo and recruits the other Beatles (John, Paul, and George) to help save Pepperland. Setting off in the yellow submarine, the five adventurers embark on a "modyssey" that carries them through many strange realms: the sea of time, the sea of science, the sea of monsters, the sea of green, and the sea of holes. After picking up the little Nowhere Man, they are propelled by an enormous sneeze through the sea of holes into occupied Pepperland. Disguising themselves as one of the Meanies' giant Apple Bonkers, they infiltrate a compound where all the musical instruments have been stored. Now armed with songs and love, they rout the Blue Meanies in a battle royal and convert them into peaceful citizens, thereby restoring life, color, music, and love to Pepperland.

Crew

Dennis Abey

Live action seq Director

Jenny Aldridge

Background artists

Apple Films

Presented By

Ray Aragon

Layout

Peter Arthy

Layout

Alan Ball

Animation

Robert Balser

Anim Director

Brian J. Bishop

Film Editor

Jennie Brisbane

Trace and paint supervisor

Al Brodax

Producer

Al Brodax

Screenwriter

Susan Brown

Trace and paint supervisor

Arthur Button

Background artists

Chris Cannter

Anim sp Effects

John Challis

Animation

John Coates

Prod Supervisor

Hester Coblentz

Animation

Don Cohen

Dub

Jeff Collins

Animation

Ian Cowen

Anim clean-up

Rich Cox

Animation

John Cramer

Production Design

Diane Crowther

Animation

Tony Cuthbert

Animation

Malcolm Dakin

Background artists

Rich Dalkin

Anim clean-up

Jack Daniels

Layout

Alison Devere

Background supervisor

Malcolm Draper

Animation

Paul Driessen

Animation

Heinz Edelmann

Art Director

David Elvin

Background artists

Pam Ford

Animation

Alan Foster

Director of Photography

Paul Francis

Background artists

Peter Franklin

Admin

Margaret Geddes

Trace and paint supervisor

Susan Gibbons

Trace and paint supervisor

Abe Goodman

Prod coordinator

Ian Gordon

Background artists

Alan Gray

Layout

Caird Green

Background artists

Clare Greenford

Background artists

Tom Halley

Animation

George Harrison

Composer

Gordon Harrison

Assistant Production design

Gordon Harrison

Layout

Tony Haynes

Camera Operator

Jim Hiltz

Animation

Dick Horn

Animation

Janet Hosie

Trace and paint supervisor

Arthur Humberstone

Animation

Dennis Hunt

Animation

Sally Hyman

Production Assistant

Diane Jackson

Animation

Charles Jenkins

Special Effects

Muriel Jennings

Background artists

Anne Jolliffe

Animation

Helen Jones

Trace and paint supervisor

Norman Kauffman

Admin

Jon Kramer

Dsgn

John Lennon

Composer

Ian Letts

Director of Photography

Ted Lewis

Supervisor anim clean-up

Dave Livesey

Animation

Malcolm Livesey

Director of Photography

Reg Lodge

Animation

Jeff Loynes

Animation

George Martin

Music Director

Corona Mayer

Trace and paint supervisor

Paul Mccartney

Composer

Millicent Mcmillan

Background supervisor

Jack Mendelsohn

Screenwriter

Christopher Miles

Anim clean-up

Lee Minoff

Screenwriter

Lee Minoff

Original Story

Terry Moesker

Animation

Lawrence Moorcroft

Animation

Rex Neville

Director of Photography

Ray Newman

Anim clean-up

Graham Orrin

Director of Photography

Ted Percival

Animation

Ted Pettingell

Layout

Mike Pocock

Animation

Gil Potter

Layout

Jerry Potterton

Animation

Eldrick Radage

Anim seq Director

Vev Roberts

Director of Photography

Ken Rolls

Dub

Dick Sawyer

Dsgn

Erich Segal

Screenwriter

Martina Selway

Background artists

Mary Ellen Stewart

Associate Producer

Mike Stewart

Animation

Torquil Stewart

Film Editor

Jack Stokes

Anim Director

Hugh Strain

Dub mix

John Williams

Director of Photography

Richard Wodyinski

Director of Photography

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Release Date
Jan 1968
Premiere Information
New York opening: 13 Nov 1968
Production Company
King Features; Subafilms
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Inspired by the song "Yellow Submarine," words and music by Paul McCartney and John Lennon (1966).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 25m
Sound
DTS (re-release), Dolby Digital (re-release), Mono (original release)
Color
Color (DeLuxe)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.66 : 1

Articles

Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine


London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, July 17, 1968 A screaming crowd 10,000 strong...George, Ringo, Paul and John (and Yoko Ono in her first public appearance with The Beatles)...Mick, Keith, Charlie, Bill and Brian, known collectively and infamously as The Rolling Stones...Marianne Faithful...James Taylor...Twiggy...Princess Margaret and her royal entourage...and Al Broda - in attendance, all, for the world premier of Yellow Submarine.

Limelight Editions is very pleased to announce publication of the minute-by-minute, drink-by-drink, pop-by-pop, snort-by-snort, behind-the-scenes madcap memoir of the making of this animation classic, by the film's producer and co-writer, Al Brodax: UP PERISCOPE YELLOW: The Making of The Beatles Yellow Submarine.

Mr. Brodax, blessed with the chutzpah and humor of a man Brooklyn born, in UP PERISCOPE YELLOW takes the reader along for a wild ride, flying without wings or a safety net, with eleven months, one million dollars, two continents, an old Royal typewriter and dozens of inkers, artists, and latent ne'er do wells. Two hundred thirty-two souls in all produced a dozen pregnancies, three marriages and one motion picture, revolving in a world sometimes resembling a circus, other times an episode of the Pink Panther. In this setting Al Brodax managed to pull off a cinematic feat and produce a timeless celluloid canvas filled with the magic of the sixties and the musical genius of the world's darlings, The Beatles.

Yellow Submarine was a study in firsts - initiating production without a complete storyboard or script, a feature-length film using characters from living role models - and ingenious uses of rotoscoping, photography and layering. The artwork was brilliant in this pre-computer age, hand-drawn and embellished with watercolor inks of experimental, psychedelic colors, a timeless, painstaking exertion of human energy.

Among the many characters who appear repeatedly throughout UP PERISCOPE YELLOW are The Beatles, George Martin, Brian Epstein, and screenplay co-writer, Erich Segal, fresh off the Yale campus where he was teaching Greek and Latin literature, and soon destined for success in Hollywood with Love Story.

UP PERISCOPE YELLOW: The Making of The Beatles Yellow Submarine is currently available from most major book store chains and specialty book shops everywhere.
Up Periscope Yellow: The Making Of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine

Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine

London Pavilion, Piccadilly Circus, July 17, 1968 A screaming crowd 10,000 strong...George, Ringo, Paul and John (and Yoko Ono in her first public appearance with The Beatles)...Mick, Keith, Charlie, Bill and Brian, known collectively and infamously as The Rolling Stones...Marianne Faithful...James Taylor...Twiggy...Princess Margaret and her royal entourage...and Al Broda - in attendance, all, for the world premier of Yellow Submarine. Limelight Editions is very pleased to announce publication of the minute-by-minute, drink-by-drink, pop-by-pop, snort-by-snort, behind-the-scenes madcap memoir of the making of this animation classic, by the film's producer and co-writer, Al Brodax: UP PERISCOPE YELLOW: The Making of The Beatles Yellow Submarine. Mr. Brodax, blessed with the chutzpah and humor of a man Brooklyn born, in UP PERISCOPE YELLOW takes the reader along for a wild ride, flying without wings or a safety net, with eleven months, one million dollars, two continents, an old Royal typewriter and dozens of inkers, artists, and latent ne'er do wells. Two hundred thirty-two souls in all produced a dozen pregnancies, three marriages and one motion picture, revolving in a world sometimes resembling a circus, other times an episode of the Pink Panther. In this setting Al Brodax managed to pull off a cinematic feat and produce a timeless celluloid canvas filled with the magic of the sixties and the musical genius of the world's darlings, The Beatles. Yellow Submarine was a study in firsts - initiating production without a complete storyboard or script, a feature-length film using characters from living role models - and ingenious uses of rotoscoping, photography and layering. The artwork was brilliant in this pre-computer age, hand-drawn and embellished with watercolor inks of experimental, psychedelic colors, a timeless, painstaking exertion of human energy. Among the many characters who appear repeatedly throughout UP PERISCOPE YELLOW are The Beatles, George Martin, Brian Epstein, and screenplay co-writer, Erich Segal, fresh off the Yale campus where he was teaching Greek and Latin literature, and soon destined for success in Hollywood with Love Story. UP PERISCOPE YELLOW: The Making of The Beatles Yellow Submarine is currently available from most major book store chains and specialty book shops everywhere.

Quotes

Oh! Frankenstein!
- Old Fred
Yeah, I used to go out with his sister.
- Ringo
His sister?
- Old Fred
Yeah, Phyllis.
- Ringo
If I spoke prose you'd all find out / I don't know what I talk about.
- Jeremy Hillary Boob, PhD.
Senile delinquents.
- Paul
Now whatever you do, don't touch that button!
- Old Fred
Which button?
- Ringo
That button.
- Old Fred
This button?
- Ringo
Aaaahhhhh!
- Ringo
That was the panic button.
- Old Fred
It appears to be a group of fellas.
- John

Trivia

When the producers approached the Beatles about this film, the group, which hated the TV cartoon show of them, agreed to it only as a easy way of completing their movie contract. As such, they contributed only a few old songs and four quickly produced numbers, Only a Northern Song, Hey Bulldog, All Together Now, and It's All Too Much. However, when they saw the finished film, they were so impressed by it that they decided to appear in a short live action epilogue to the film.

Peter Batten (I) was a deserter from the British Army at the time of the creation of the film. In the final weeks of production, he was arrested for desertion, and Paul Angelis had to finish voicing the part of George.

At the end, the live-action Beatles show their souvenirs. George has the motor, Paul has a little "love" and Ringo has the "hole" in his pocket. In live-action, Paul is the one who has "love". This is strange because in animation, John has it.

The three-dimensional effect for the animated smokestacks just before the "Eleanor Rigby" sequence was accidental. The animators can't recall how they did it, and many have tried to recreate the effect.

The 'Hey Bulldog' sequence, was deleted from the American version of the film, for almost 30 years.

Notes

Released in Great Britain in 1968.

Miscellaneous Notes

Special Award by the 1968 National Society of Film Critics for Feature-Length Animation.

Voted One of the Year's Ten Best English-language Films by the 1968 National Board of Review.

Released in United States Summer July 18, 1968

Wide Release in United States November 13, 1968

Re-released in United States September 3, 1999

Re-released in United States July 8, 2018

Released in United States March 1977

Released in United States September 1999

Released in United States 2008

Released in United States June 2009

Released in United States 2012

Shown at CMJ FilmFest in New York City (Worldwide Plaza) September 15-18, 1999.

Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Under the Neon) June 10-15, 2009.

Wide Release in United States November 13, 1968

Re-released in United States September 3, 1999 (Nuart; Los Angeles)

Re-released in United States July 8, 2018

Released in United States March 1977 (Shown at FILMEX: Los Angeles International Film Exposition (The Mighty Musical Movie Marathon) March 9-27, 1977.)

Released in United States Summer July 18, 1968

Released in United States September 1999 (Shown at CMJ FilmFest in New York City (Worldwide Plaza) September 15-18, 1999.)

Released in United States 2008 (Shown at AFI/Los Angeles International Film Festival October 30-November 9, 2008.)

Released in United States June 2009 (Shown at CineVegas Film Festival (Under the Neon) June 10-15, 2009.)

Released in USA on video.

Released in United States 2012 (Special Events/Restored Print)

Special awards to Allan King's Warrendale and Eugene S. Jones's A Face of War for feature-length documentary and to Yellow Submarine for feature-length animation.