We may not all live in a Yellow Submarine, but we can all be in a theater watching the movie this summer. In honor of the movie's 50th anniversary, The Beatles' landmark animated feature Yellow Submarine will return to theaters in July. Abramorama has partnered with Apple and Universal Music for the special screenings, which will be taking place all across North America. Here's what Richard Abramowitz, CEO of Abramorama, had to say about the upcoming re-release.
"We're thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that 3 generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes and that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA."
Even if you've seen Yellow Submarine previously, catching it in a theater may well be worth your time. Not only because seeing something like this on a big screen with like-minded Beatles fans will be fun, but because Yellow Submarine has been restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and a team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The movie's songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG's Abbey Road Studios, a place synonymous with The Beatles, by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin.
Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork used in the movie, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film's restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame. A painstaking process, but one that will surely pay off visually. Abramorama previously partnered with Apple, Imagine Entertainment, White Horse Pictures, StudioCanal and UMG's Polygram Entertainment on Ron Howard's documentary titled The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years, which arrived on Hulu last year.
Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine, inspired by the song of the same name, was released when The Beatles were at the height of their powers. However, John, Paul George and Ringo famously didn't actually voice their respective characters in the movie. They participated by contributing the music and only participated in the final scene in the movie. Still, despite that, this is a beloved bit of iconography for hardcore Beatles fans. Outside of its importance to music fans, the animation world recognizes Yellow Submarine for its innovative animation techniques and style.
Yellow Submarine, as a song, was included on The Beatles legendary album Revolver in 1966 and was the relatively rare song in their catalog to feature a lead vocal from drummer Ringo Starr. The song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney and, even though it was meant to be a song for children, it inspired various, deeper interpretations and was the starting point for this animated feature. The movie includes songs such as Eleanor Rigby, When I'm Sixty-Four, Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds, All You Need Is Love and It's All Too Much. If you'd like to check out Yellow Submarine in a theater near you this summer, you can get information on screenings at YellowSubmarine.Film.