By Jesus Figueroa
A limited theater release of the remastered 1968 animated film “Yellow Submarine” may spark a new generation to get caught up in Beatlemania. Select theaters nationwide will be presenting the newly remastered Beatles classic on specific dates and times started on May 5. A new generation gets to go out and see a cult classic as fans get to revisit a favorite film.
When going to purchase tickets, there were no posters for the limited showing and the times were not shown anywhere. The theater was not quite full, but those who showed up were ready to enjoy the show. With popcorn and drinks in hand, they sat down laughing and on occasion singing along with the Beatles as the movie played on.
Intricate art work tells a story of a strange place called Pepperland which our four heroes are chosen to save. Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison and Paul McCartney star as the rock heroes. The Beatles utilize music to defeat a group known as the “Blue Meanies” who’s intent is to keep music and enjoyment out of Pepperland.
The Beatles journey through time and space through dangerous fields of monsters and bizarre lands to get there. Impersonating the land’s musical group Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band, our heroes face the “Blue Meanies” and save the land rescuing the real Sgt. Peppers Lonely Heart Club Band.
The Beatles did not voice their animated counterparts, but were imitated by American actors, since many people had problems with their British accents. Although, the songs were the original recordings of the Fab Four. The nostalgia was seen clearly as the audience got into the music.
This comedy is lead by popular songs of The Beatles. Songs like the title song “Yellow Submarine,” “Nowhere Man” and “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” progress the story and entertain young and old alike. The film used used songs from various albums by The Beatles, but also saw three news songs created just for the film, “Hey Bulldog,” “It’s all too Much” and “All Together Now.”
The audience once again were emphatic as they clapped their hands and sang along with the final song “All Together Now,” which was introduced by a live action skit by The Beatles. Those who attended had a good time. The DVD rerelease of “Yellow Submarine” sparked this big screen limited release. Some fans get to finally have a copy of the film to call their own. Others will be able to add yet another piece of Beatles memorabilia to their collections.
The film was not digitally remastered, but rather a team from Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque, Inc. worked for four months to clean each frame individually due to the delicate nature of the art work. The colors are much more vibrant on the 4k digital resolution restoration.
The sound track was also remastered and will be out for rerelease on May 28. The DVD remastered and reissued version of the film will be available in stores on May 28, also. The Blu-ray version will have a release date of June 10. This animated film will be in its 54 year since its original release date on June 30.