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Yellow Submarine (1968)

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

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

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

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

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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

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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.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The animation is imaginatively conceived, but stiffly executed.

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (12)
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There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Yellow Submarine is a family movie in the truest sense.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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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...

June 22, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
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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.)

June 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
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.

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

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

June 6, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

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

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

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

June 5, 2012 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

What a trip.

February 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Beatles classic with great animation, music.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
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.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

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

September 6, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Not a splendid time for all.

September 9, 2005 | Comments (11)
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
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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!
October 7, 2012
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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.
August 28, 2012
Sam Barnett

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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.
October 25, 2011
Colin Montgomery

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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.
July 9, 2011
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Chris Weber

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    1. Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie: First time I saw that nowhere man, that nobody, I knew he was somebody.
    – Submitted by Resty Dennis G (19 months ago)
    1. Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie: It must be on of those unidentified flying cupcakes.
    – Submitted by Kiki W (24 months ago)
    1. George: Hey, that's a funny place to leave a goldfish bowl.
    – Submitted by Jessica C (2 years ago)
    1. Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie: *sleepy* The hillls are alive..
    2. Max: WITH THE SOUND OF MUSIC!
    – Submitted by Jessica C (2 years ago)
    1. Ringo/Chief Blue Meanie: Are you sure you're Bluish? You don't look Bluish.
    – Submitted by Tom D (2 years ago)
    1. 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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