Yellow Submarine
Yellow Submarine (1968)

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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 13, 1968
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2012
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Michael Sauter
Entertainment Weekly

Sure, some of the puns and in-jokes sound a little dated, but any movie that strings together lines from Shakespeare merely as a throwaway comic riff is, in my book, a film for the ages.

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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader

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.

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David Parkinson
Radio Times

An endlessly inventive picture that blends 1960s psychedelia with such diverse styles as pop art and Art Deco to create the fantastical world of Pepperland and its bizarre inhabitants.

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TIME Magazine

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.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The animation is imaginatively conceived, but stiffly executed.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

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...

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Variety Staff

Here are all the ingredients of a novel entertainment.

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Tony Rayns
Time Out

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

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

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.)

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Greg S
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… More
Chris Weber
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… More
Sam Barnett
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… More
Aj V
The Beatles' animated fantasy adventure movie is a must see for any fan, or if you just love animated movies. It's very fun, and I really liked it.
Colin Montgomery
Amazing illustration, and let me repeat, AMAZING ILLUSTRATION. The animation pervades the film and grants us the psychedelic experience of a lifetime… More
Mark Hobin
Cinematically dazzling tale of the Beatles who save Pepperland from the Blue Meanies with their music. Joyous!