|Fig. 1 Yellow Submarine poster.|
Yellow Submarine was a surprising joy to watch and as charming as it is whacky, in visual style and narrative.
|Fig. 2 Colours of Pepperland.|
During the 1960's, when The Beatles were hugely popular in Britain, they had their own animated TV show. Sadly, it was not particularly endorsed by the band and because of that, they had little belief in the feature film that was to follow. However, it was important to the film's production team that it was much more visually appropriate to their new style of music. This was all thanks to the discovery of German-born, Heinz Edelmann Jerry Beck explains that "His flat, illustrative style that he utilized to design the characters of John, Paul, George, and Ringo, as well as all of the other creatures and locations in the film, was the perfect visual counterpart to the Beatles’ psychedelic music." (Beck, 2007: 321) The Beatles were just producing Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, their first album influenced by the psychedelia of the sixties and the producers of Yellow submarine had access to it before it had been relseased. This allowed them to create a film that really is 'the perfect visual counterpart'.
|Fig. 3 Abstraction.|
Yellow Submarine is a great example of what can be achieved by a small animation team in Britain, that only has 11 months to produce a feature film in. The constant morphing from one colourful creation to the next leaves the audience enthralled, confused but charmed and intrigued at the same time.
List of Illustrations.
Figure 1. Yellow Submarine (1968) Yellow Submarine poster. At: http://one1more2time3.files.wordpress.com/2009/10/edelmann1434.jpg (Accessed on: 08.04.12)
Figure 2. Yellow Submarine (1968) People. AT: http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/9830/ys05ow5.png (Accessed on: 08.04.12)
Figure 3. Yellow Submarine (1968) Funk room. At: http://img159.imageshack.us/img159/9499/ys02vg9.png (Accessed on: 08.04.12)
Beck, Jerry. (2007) Animated Movie Guide : The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to Cartoon, Stop-Motion and Computer-Generated Feature Films. USA: Chicago Review Press.
Frontani, Michael R. (2007) Beatles : Image and the Media. USA: University Press of Mississippi.
Westbrook, Caroline (2006) Yellow Submarine. In: Empire Online.com 03.02.2006 [online] At: http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?DVDID=5112 (Accessed on: 08.04.12)