Saturday, November 3, 2012
Yellow Submarine (1968) review
This animated Beatles film will make you want to live in a yellow submarine. Nostalgic animation, great music, and trippy situations all make this worthwhile.
PLOT:Pepperland used to be one of the most beautiful places in the world, where Sgt. Pepper's band played and the music was good. However, that all changed when the Blue Meanies attacked. Chief Blue Meanie (Paul Angelis) sends out all he has to destroy happiness in Pepperland, from his Snapping Turks to his Glove. Only one civilian, Fred (Lance Percival), is able to get out alive in the yellow submarine. He travels to Liverpool to find help. He follows Ringo (Paul Angelis) home and begs for help. Ringo rounds up John (John Clive), George (Peter Batten), and Paul (Geoffrey Hughes), and they travel on a great journey through several different seas to the town of Pepperland to stop the Meanies. It's a good plot executed brilliantly.
VOICES:The voice acting was pretty great, even though the real Beatles didn't voice themeselves. The voice actors doing the Beatle voices were actually pretty close-sounding to the real thing. Paul Angelis also did a pretty unique voicing job as the Cheif Blue Meanie. Aside from him, the shiners were Paul Angelis as Ringo Starr, John Clive as John Lennon, Peter Batten as George Harrison, Geoffrey Hughes as Paul McCartney, Lance Percival as Fred, and Dick Emery as the Nowhere Man and Max with an honorable mention to the real Beatles in a cameo at the end.
SCORE:The soundtrack is obviously made up of all Beatles songs. Considering the fact that I love the Beatles, I think the soundtrack was pretty great. It includes classics such as "Nowhere Man", "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds", "Eleanor Rigby", "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", All Together Now", and many more.
ANIMATION:This is one of the main things that carried the film along. The animation was very nostalgic and uniquely done. I haven't seen animation like this done in any other film or movie. It was a little flawed in some parts, but it wasn't bad at all.
OTHER CONTENT:This Beatles film is fun for everyone. Aside from the animation, great voice soundalikes, and Beatle-mania, the trippier aspects of this film stand out. This is truly a fantasy adventure where all melancholy and trippy visuals collide. You see things in here you won't ever see anywhere else. This can also be its main flaw, since the plot jumps all over the place with its twists. It's a major trip, but I love it. I also appreciated the solid direction put to it. This guy, George Denning, could have gone off to made many more movies.
OVERALL,an awesome Beatles film with a brilliantly-executed plot, great acting, classic Beatles soundtrack, nostalgic and unique animation, and trippy visuals with solid direction, but the trippy visuals could also turn people away.