Yellow Submarine
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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 nave antiwar message and some clever political commentary. The Blue Meanies take over Pepperland, draining it of all its color and music,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"The animation is imaginatively conceived, but stiffly executed."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"even without the Beatles-endorsed drugs of the time, it's still fascinating to watch"
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"What a trip."
‑ , Total Film
"Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's such a wide disparity of graphic styles from sequence to sequence. Some of them, though, still look terrific."
‑ , Time Out
"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.)"
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"The 1968 animated classic by the Beatles as their declaration of independence."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Beatles classic with great animation, music."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"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."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"Yellow Submarine is a family movie in the truest sense."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"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."
‑ Norm Schrager, Paste Magazine
"If the film's mod trappings seem locked in a specific (and increasingly distant) era, its playful wit remains timeless."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Truly one of the finest animated films and one of the finest cinematic musicals of all time."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
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