Note*** This review previously appeared on my other site,but I thought it looked much better on this one
Cast: John Clive, Paul Angelis
Writers: Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, John Mendlsohn Erich Segal
Director: George Dunning
When people took acid back in the late sixties, I’m pretty sure this what they saw. “The Yellow Submarine” by definition is trippy. It’s artwork by Heinz Edelmann is very colorful and has an almost storybook quality to it as well. The movie was recently put back in theatres in an all new restored version. Each frame was redone by hand to really bring out the colors that was missing from other versions. I have never seen this before on the big screen and I’m glad I did, but once it hits Blue Ray. It’s going to look even more amazing.
The story is set in the world of Pepper Land. A wonderful place where the residents are protected from the Blue Meanies by the music of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club band. The Meanies however devise a plan to put everyone into a coma and trap the band in a glass bubble. The only one that manages to escape is a sea-captain called Young Fred( the joke is that both young and old Fred look slightly similar). He alone takes the yellow submarine to go find help and does so by stumbling upon The Beatles. The hapless captain and the fab four travel the sea of green on their way back to Pepper Land, while singing several different songs along the way.
I have seen this once before on a remastered DVD and the images in this new version are even more amazing. The colors are even more brighter than they were before and the soundtrack is very lush as well. The only gripe I had about the clean up was the voice work. It doesn’t sound different from the previous versions I have seen. It all sounded like they were coming from a record player from across the room. I wish they would have tweaked that up just a bit, but I’m sure they did the best they could.
This isn’t going to be a movie that everyone will love. Let’s face it if you’re not a Beatles fan or a lover of animation or artwork. There is very little for me to recommend here. The story is very basic and most of the characters speak in puns or one liners. Really little kids might be impressed with the visuals, but older kids might be a bit bored with it. I know when this does come out on Blue Ray I will be showing it to my niece and nephews and hopefully I can help steer them away from wanting to see another “ICE AGE” sequel
Have a good week.