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Total Crap: 3.33%

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Yellow Submarine
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by PyThomas

"It's a head trip for the kiddies!"
4 stars

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.

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originally posted: 02/21/00 12:05:52
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OFFICIAL SELECTION: 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival. For more in the 2004 Los Angeles Film Festival series, click here.

User Comments

4/27/14 Bulldog Hay Groovy, heady stuff, man 5 stars
10/14/11 Matt Ferrell Love Yellow Submarine. Great movie! 5 stars
9/21/08 Samantha Pruitt totally trippy, with great music (obviously) 5 stars
3/08/08 will shears o m g 5 stars
1/28/07 David Pollastrini best viewed while stoned 4 stars
1/13/07 Luke Just watched it again for the 1st time in years. Really trippy, very strange, and fantastic 4 stars
9/21/06 Keely I loooove Yellow Submarine!IT ROCKS!The best movie ever! 5 stars
7/20/06 David Cohen The wierdest, strangest most head-beinding movie I was ever priviledged to see 5 stars
9/06/05 Hannah cool artwork- but this is a movie only for die-hard fans who can sing along, like, um, me.. 5 stars
7/18/05 Brandy Harrington Very awesome! 5 stars
6/24/05 John Aster Habig An animated feature rivaled only by Shrek and Winnie The Pooh 5 stars
12/05/04 Sam like...whoaaaaaaaaaaa. (gr8 when ur stoneddddd))) 5 stars
11/17/04 Gooey the beatles are the best band ever, anyone who disagrees should blow their head off. 5 stars
1/27/04 camy its fucked up 5 stars
9/18/03 Lord Durvok II Maybe if "beatles lick balls"'s grammar actually had worth we'd listen to his crap opinions 5 stars
5/31/03 Jon Lyrik An acid trip while smoking pot, without the drugs. 5 stars
12/30/02 John Aster Habig Beatles music abstract art very witty good message 5 stars
3/21/01 Alex The best film ever! 5 stars
2/05/01 Beatles lick balls The beatles r one of the most overated bands EVER! they plain and simple SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 1 stars
2/02/01 Wafer how can you not like the beatles? 5 stars
1/25/01 LSD absoulutely incredible "Lucy" is such a great song also 5 stars
10/22/00 Viking Beats all that Disney Crap !!! 5 stars
9/27/00 mephetic And I thought I was the only one!!! 5 stars
9/20/99 Ricky Urena The Beatles kick ass 5 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  13-Nov-1968

UK
  17-Jun-1968 (U)

Australia
  02-Jul-1968 (G)




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