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“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.”
—-John Lassiter, Pixar
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YELLOW SUBMARINE
The beatles' Animated Feature Restored for May Release on DVD and Blu-Ray, Soundtrack Reissued

Pepperland will now be in DVD and Blu-Ray.

 

The Beatles’ classic 1968 animated feature film, Yellow Submarine, has been digitally restored for release on May 29, while the film’s songtrack album will be reissued on CD on the same date.

 

Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time.  Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, 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.

 

Bonus features for the Yellow Submarine DVD and Blu-ray include a short making-of documentary, “Mod Odyssey," the film’s original theatrical trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and art director Heinz Edelmann, several brief interview clips featuring others involved with the film, storyboard sequences, 29 original pencil drawings and 30 behind-the-scenes photos.  Both Digipak packages will include reproductions of animation cels from the film, collectible stickers, and a 16-page booklet with a new essay by Yellow Submarine aficionado and Pixar auteur John Lasseter.

 

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.”


Directed by George Dunning, and written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine had its genesis when Brodax, who had previously produced nearly 40 episodes of ABC’s animated Beatles TV series, approached the band's manager Brian Epstein with a unique vision for a full-length animated feature. 


Yellow Submarine
, based upon the Lennon-McCartney song, brims with peace, love and hope, a story told through some of the band's most memorable tunes, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love” and “It’s All Too Much.”  When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film incorporates such pop art references as Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine has become a a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

“I thought from the very beginning that the film should be a series of interconnected shorts,” remembers Edelmann. “The style should vary every five minutes or so to keep the interest going until the end.” 

These styles included melding live-action photography with animation, three-dimensional sequences and kaleidoscopic “rotoscoping” where film is traced frame by frame into drawings. The entire process took nearly two years, 14 different scripts, 40 animators and 140 technical artists, ultimately producing what has become recognized as a groundbreaking triumph of animation.

On April 24, Candlewick Press will release a new, compact hardcover edition of the Yellow Submarine picture book, featuring the film’s witty, pun-filled script alongside original artwork from the movie. The 40-page book will be sold by retailers everywhere and at the Beatles Store (www.thebeatles.com).  An interactive digital version of the book is also available as a free download on Apple's iBookstore for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch at www.iTunes.com/TheBeatles.

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