The Beatles are obviously remembered as one of the greatest rock bands ever, but many younger people may not know that they also appeared in several movies as well. And now one of their films is coming back to theaters.
Yellow Submarine, the 1968 animated film starring the Beatles, will be re-released this summer to honor the movie’s 50th anniversary. The film has been completely restored in 4K digital resolution, and the songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound.
While it may not be as popular as some other classic animated films, Yellow Submarine was actually widely acclaimed at the time of its release with many people praising the movie’s animation for combining fun, family friendly elements with serious art trends.
The movie also contains several classic Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” and (of course) “Yellow Submarine.”
The Beatles actually were not enthusiastic about making a new movie after A Hard Day’s Night and Help, their first two movies. But they had a three-picture contract with the studio United Artists and were required to do so. While the Beatles are the main characters of the movie, none of the actual members of the band provided the voices. The Beatles do make a physical appearance as a cameo at the end of the movie, which they were required to do to satisfy their contract with United Artists.
So if you’re tired of seeing superhero movies and cheap horror films this summer, you can revisit this animated classic!