This year, the animated movie first released in 1968 will be celebrating its 50th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the movie will be re-released in selected theaters this year.
Journey Back To Pepperland
Yellow Submarine is a musical fantasy comedy movie inspired by the music of The Beatles. It follows the cartoon versions of the four members of the English rock band across the surreal world or Pepperland. The story begins when the music-hating Blue Meanies attack the land.
It is up to John, Paul, George, and Ringo to save Pepperland and bring color and music back to the world.
The animated movie features some of the most popular songs by the Fab Four including "All the Lonely People," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "All You Need Is Love," "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "All Together Now," "Nowhere Man," and, of course, "Yellow Submarine."
While the Beatles are the heroes of the movie, the band did not voice themselves. Paul Angelis, John Clive, and Geoffrey Hughes portrayed the cartoon versions of the English singers.
Lennon, McCartney, Harrison, and Starr appear on the live-action sequence at the end of the movie.
According to the press release, Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution for the 50th anniversary screening. Meanwhile, the score and soundtrack was remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at Abbey Road Studios, the same place where the Beatles recorded most of their music. In addition, because of the delicate nature of the artwork, the animation was cleaned up by hand frame by frame.
"We're thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that three generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA," Richard Abramowitz of Abramorama said in a statement.
The animated movie directed by George Dunning will be screened across selected theaters in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and North America starting July 8. A complete list of participating theaters is yet to be released, but tickets will be available on April 17 via the Yellow Submarine website.
Yellow Submarine Comics
In addition, the Apple Corporation announced last year the comic book adaptation of the 1969 animated movie as part of its 50th anniversary celebration. Titan Comics will be publishing the book with Bill Morrison (of Bongo Comics and Mad Magazine) writing and illustrating the adaptation.
The comic book adaptation of Yellow Submarine will be released later this year.