Yellow Submarine an animated movie is more synonymous with turn off your mind, relax and float downstream. This psychedelic late-Sixties Beatles odyssey, in which John, Paul, Ringo and George must rescue an underwater utopia from the fun-killing Blue Meanies. Sure, the Fab Four might not have actually provided their own speaking voices, but George Dunning’s hallucinatory animation paired with some of their trippiest music makes for a memorable Pop-Art ride all the same. Yellow Submarine‘s popular success demonstrated to the mainstream that there were more ways than the Disney mode to pull off feature-length cartoons.
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What was the Reception Of Viewers
Yellow Submarine received widespread critical acclaim. The film was distributed worldwide by United Artists in two versions. Released in the midst of the psychedelic pop culture of the 1960s, the film was a box-office hit. It drawed in crowds both for its creative images, and soundtrack of Beatles songs. The version shown in Europe included an extra musical number, “Hey Bulldog”, heard in the final film. For release in the United States, the number was replaced with alternative animation due to time constraints. It was felt that at the time, American audiences would grow tired from the length of the film. Of all the Beatles films released by UA, this had been the only one to which UA retained the rights. This leading up to its purchase by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer in 1981. In 2005, Sony Pictures Entertainment led a consortium that purchased MGM and UA. SPE had handled theatrical distribution for MGM until 2012.
In The Beatles Anthology, released in the mid-1990s, the three surviving Beatles all admitted that they truly liked the film; regarding their initial non-participation. Harrison, who considered it a “classic”, later admitted that he preferred that the group did not provide their own voices. He felt that the professional voice actors captured a certain “cartoonish” element far more effectively. Starr also revealed that for years he was approached by children and asked “Why did you press the button?”, referring to when his character curiously pressed the panic button ejecting him from the submarine into the sea of monsters. Lennon also implied that his son, Sean, first realized his father had been a Beatle because of the film. After seeing Yellow Submarine at a friend’s house at the end of the 1970s, Sean came home asking why his father was a cartoon.
Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British animated musical fantasy comedy film inspired by the music of the Beatles directed by animation producer George Dunning, and produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate. Initial press reports stated that the Beatles themselves would provide their own character voices; however, aside from composing and performing the songs, the real Beatles participated only in the closing scene of the film, while their cartoon counterparts were voiced by other actors.
The film received a widely positive reception from critics and audiences alike. It is also credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form. Time commented that it “turned into a smash hit, delighting adolescents and esthetes alike”