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Yellow Submarine (1968)


Average Rating: 7.9/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 44
Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: A joyful, phantasmagoric blend of colorful animation and the music of the Beatles, Yellow Submarine is delightful (and occasionally melancholy) family fare.

Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 9
Fresh: 8
Rotten: 1

Critics Consensus: A joyful, phantasmagoric blend of colorful animation and the music of the Beatles, Yellow Submarine is delightful (and occasionally melancholy) family fare.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 46,698



Movie Info

Yellow Submarine is an animated meandering journey filled with puns and dry British humor, where psychedelic music videos take precedent over any linear story. What little there is of a plot, however, concerns a vibrantly colored place called Pepperland that resembles the album cover for Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band come to life. The swirling animation is a mixture of pop-culture images and modern artistic styles brought loosely together with a na´ve antiwar message and some clever … More

G (nothing objectionable)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy , Cult Movies , Kids & Family , Musical & Performing Arts , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By:
Lee Minoff , Erich Segal , Jack Mendelsohn , John Lennon , Al Brodax
In Theaters:
Jun 5, 2012
Independent Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Yellow Submarine

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (2) | DVD (16)

If the result seems less a coherent story than a two-hour pot high, Submarine is still a breakthrough combination of the feature film and art's intimacy with the unconscious.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Top Critic

This 1968 Beatles musical gets somewhat plot heavy near the end, but it's a marvel of innocence and free association, blending several animation techniques in a loose narrative full of gentle bad puns and flowing visual segues.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The animation is imaginatively conceived, but stiffly executed.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Yellow Submarine is a family movie in the truest sense.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A unique and often brilliant animated film that pictures the Beatles as towering and often god-like gentlemen who have the power to change worlds...

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Cinema Crazed

An outrageously inventive piece of eye-popping pop, it still qualifies as one of the greatest animated movies ever made. (It also landed in the number 11 spot on Creative Loafing's own list of The 20 Greatest Rock Films Ever Made.)

Full Review… | June 19, 2012
Creative Loafing

Whether it was a case of inspiration or coincidence, most of Yellow Submarine's more creative and graceful visuals are those that complement the songs.

Full Review… | June 8, 2012
Paste Magazine

even without the Beatles-endorsed drugs of the time, it's still fascinating to watch

Full Review… | June 6, 2012
7M Pictures

The 1968 animated classic by the Beatles as their declaration of independence.

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Spirituality and Practice

If the film's mod trappings seem locked in a specific (and increasingly distant) era, its playful wit remains timeless.

Full Review… | June 5, 2012
Film Threat

What a trip.

Full Review… | February 14, 2012
Total Film

Beatles classic with great animation, music.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

Truly one of the finest animated films and one of the finest cinematic musicals of all time.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010
Antagony & Ecstasy

A garish, gorgeous example of pop art at its finest.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Empire Magazine

There's a quiet note of melancholy in much of this material, which is much more persuasive and concrete than the larky, intoxicating pleasure usually claimed for the film.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008

A zesty, satisfying celebration of animation, fantasy, love, and the Beatles that pleases the eyes as much as the ears.

Full Review… | September 6, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not a splendid time for all.

September 9, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

A movie so joyous (and mildly demented) as to rewrite the rules of what a movie can be.

September 6, 2005

Inventive animated feature. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

October 24, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Yellow Submarine


The Beatles sail through surreal seas in a Yellow Submarine to save Pepperland from the anti-music Blue Meanies in this animated fantasy that blurs the line between fairy tale and acid flashback. A psychedelic pop-art version of a children's storybook, with the Beatles singing and punning their way through the rare quiet moments. The animation is anarchic, witty, and highly influential, and (besides a weak ending and weaker coda) the film's biggest downside may be that there's so much going on in absolutely every frame of the film that it's almost exhausting to watch!

Greg S

Super Reviewer

Yes, it's weird. Yes, it looks old. Yes, its pretty much an acid trip on your TV. But the Beatles' classic cartoon is still great, due mostly to its playfulness, witty humor, and way out-there "what am I looking at now?" visuals.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

Amazing illustration, and let me repeat, AMAZING ILLUSTRATION. The animation pervades the film and grants us the psychedelic experience of a lifetime accompanied by the timeless music of The Beatles and a very trippy plot. Sadly, the plot is more suited to young children and those who are influenced by hallucinogenic drugs and lacks actual voice acting by The Beatles themselves, who merely make a last minute live action appearance which is all too brief and only leaves us wishing for more of the actual fab four. If you are looking for great hand-drawn animation, a trippy plotline, and an AMAZING soundtrack and love The Beatles then you have something for you here.

Colin Montgomery
Colin Montgomery

Super Reviewer

I don't mean to sound trite, but they should just rename this film "Drug Trip: The Movie" and be done with it. Seriously.

Ok then, with that out of the way, I must say, this is a bit of a hard film to really rate or review. Obviously I'm gonna have to do just that, but it is a bit difficult for me.

This fantasy centered around The Beatles going out to stop a bunch of creatures caleld Blue Meanies who have taken over a place called Pepperland combines the terrific music of The Beatles with really cool and unique art disrection and visual styles to create a film that is really just an otherworldlt experience. Just so you know, I didn't see this high, but I did have a couple of drinks. I really cn't say what would be the best way to experience this film. I leave that up to you.

There's a story, but it's pretty much just a thin clothesline to hang some great tunes and trippy visuals on. This will probably not appeal to some people, but, I at least got something out of it, even if I don't truly know how I feel about this film-hence why my rating is mainly a formaility.

I do think this should be seen though, because it is entertaining, and there's some wild stuff going on, even if it does get a bit too self indulgant with the psychedelia. At least there's the music and some subtle, dry humor to make the film more than just trippiness.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

Yellow Submarine Quotes

Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie:
First time I saw that nowhere man, that nobody, I knew he was somebody.
– Submitted by Resty Dennis G (22 months ago)
Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie:
It must be on of those unidentified flying cupcakes.
– Submitted by Kiki W (2 years ago)
Hey, that's a funny place to leave a goldfish bowl.
– Submitted by Jessica C (2 years ago)
Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie:
*sleepy* The hillls are alive..
– Submitted by Jessica C (2 years ago)
Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie:
Are you sure you're Bluish? You don't look Bluish.
– Submitted by Tom D (2 years ago)
Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie:
He's so smart he doesn't know what he knows.
– Submitted by ethan t (2 years ago)

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