Who’s ready for some wacky, trippy, nostalgic, musical fun with the Beatles? To celebrate the 50th anniversary of their Yellow Submarine animated film, the world is being treated to a double dose of Beatles weirdness. This summer, the film will be returning to theaters for a special anniversary event. Not only that, but there will be a Yellow Submarine graphic novel adaptation released to coincide with all the festivities. Like any true Beatles fan, I couldn’t be more excited.
Are you hyped? You should be. In the interest of further increasing the hype, please watch this trailer:
The ‘Beatles’ And ‘Yellow Submarine’ Are Important
The Beatles are a phenomenon. Notice I said “are”, not “were”. Beatlemania happened in the 60s but since then, they’ve never really left us. Just in the last decade, we’ve seen major projects like the jukebox musical Across the Universe and Cirque du Soleil’s Love, all centered around the Fab 4 and their music. Hey Jude became a sort of unofficial anthem at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Olympics, when literally the entire stadium sang along with Sir Paul McCartney. It was enough to give you chills.
One of the main reasons why the Beatles have resonated so long and so strongly is because they were innovators. Yellow Submarine, both the song itself and the animated film, are perfect examples of this.
The Beatles started out as a fairly standard band. However, as they gained popularity, the Beatles became one of the most experimental and ground-breaking bands ever. Sgt. Pepper, the White Album, Abbey Road all featured a wide variety of sounds and styles. Some of them sound to the modern ear like proto-versions of later genres (I swear, you can hear some early punk sounds on the White Album). They were simply ahead of their time.
They also dove head-first into the psychedelic age. Yellow Submarine is a product of this. I could try to summarize the plot, but it wouldn’t make much sense. That’s kind of the point, though. It’s silly, strange, but always fun. The art, much like the music of the Beatles, is colorful and wacky and unique. It’s also beautiful, in its own weird way. And, quite frankly, Yellow Submarine lends itself perfectly to a graphic novel adaptation.
Are you a huge Beatles fan? Can’t wait for the re-release of Yellow Submarine and the graphic novel? Let us know!