Pop Rewind: Yellow Submarine (Animated Film, 1968)

Words By Greg Molitor

“Yellow Submarine”, a British animated feature film based on the music of The Beatles, was a box-office smash when it was originally released in 1968. The film catered to many of the loving ideals of the 60’s generation while setting a creative precedent for animation and music videos for years to come. At first, the fab four wasn’t fond of the idea of an animated film featuring their music. The band did not enjoy working on their previous film, “Help!”, and was less than enthused after the failings of the television special “Magical Mystery Tour”, but the Beatles, needing another film to complete its three-film obligation to United Artists, saw “Yellow Submarine” as a fine opportunity to fulfill their contract with the studio. Although the band wasn’t excited to participate in the film’s creation, John, Paul, George, and Ringo have each been quoted as saying they truly loved and enjoyed the final product. Who doesn’t like cartoons anyway?

Check out the videos below as we have provided some clips from the animated film as well as an original trailer for the movie. Take a few minutes to look back and remember the days when pop culture was completely immersed in idealist psychedelic art. Enjoy!







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