Here’s a way to make your June more festive: The Yellow Submarine has been digitally restored for DVD and Blu-ray.
As posted in KadmusArts Culture News, the 1968 film created for The Beatles is now available in brighter colors, clearer sounds, and meticulous artistry. The Yellow Submarine is just plain brilliantly cool.
Created by art director and production designer, Heinz Edelmann, directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal (yes, that Erich Segal), Yellow Submarine took two years to make. They used fourteen different scripts, forty animators, and one hundred and forty technical artists.
The key player was Edelmann, designer, illustrator, and teacher. Born in born Ústí Nad Labem, Czech Republic, Edelmann was a professor at the Stuttgart Academy of Fine Arts for thirty years. Inspired by Edelmann’s concepts, the innovative animation process incorporated still photos, freeform rotoscoping and watercolors, and transparent tape along with traditional cel animation. Taken together, the film not only appears to sum-up all the flair of the sixties’ generation, but Edelmann’s design created a whole vision of the possibilities of animation, design, and story telling.
The restored release includes an essay by John Lasseter. (Of course, Lasseter would love this film!) Lasseter writes, “As a fan of animation and as a filmmaker, I tip my hat to the artists of Yellow Submarine, whose revolutionary work helped pave the way for the fantastically diverse world of animation that we all enjoy today.”
In Pepperland, the Beatles battle the Blue Meanies, who hate music. How can the Blue Meanies of the world stand a chance against Eleanor Rigby, When I’m Sixty-Four, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, Nowhere Man, All Together Now, and All You Need is Love?
As Edelmann, who died in 2009, described it in an interview, “rock and roll meets innocence.”
Go watch and sing-a-long. Isn’t this a perfect inspiration for a festive season of fun?
- Bill Reichblum