Warning: This film can fuck with your head.Never mind that it's produced by the same folks that brought you the animated shorts of Krazy Kat, Beetle Bailey, Snuffy Smith and the more cartoony Beatles. This shit is WEIRD. It's Peter Max, Dr. Seuss, Salvadore Dali and Terry Gilliam all rolled into one.
And I don't know what King Features had against Disney, or if it was just a subtle jest, but some of the bad guys in this film sport some familiar-looking headgear pertaining to a certain Disney character.
The plot is even more out there: Far beneath the surface of the earth is a land called Pepperland. It's a place of joy, love and music, until the Blue Meanies step in to conquer it. Suddenly, everyone turns to stone and the last of the guys still on the loose takes his yellow submarine up to London, to enlist the help of a certain four lads from Liverpool who happen to be world-famous thanks to a bunch of tunes they wrote. And if they REALLY lived like they did in that "pier" house, you'd swear Michael Jackson was quite a sane and upright fellow. But I digress.
On the trip down, they fall into some whimsical predicaments, meet a Jar Jar Binks-esque tagalong named Jeremy, and act out elaborate and strange vignettes to Beatles songs. And once they land in the land of pepper, they fight the Meanies dressed up as Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. (And rest assured there's no trace of the Bee Gees or Peter Frampton HERE.)
Messrs. Lennon, McCartney, Harrison and Starkey only lend their voices to this production in the musical interludes; the talking is done by some other blokes at King Features. There's a decent amount of laughs along the way. But it's really the acid-eatin' art of the animators that is the focal point of this film, making for a psychedelic head trip the whole family can enjoy.Yellow Submarine has recently gotten a digitally-enhanced makeover, just in time for it to land on DVD. So check it out sometime and take the wacky joyride for yourself.