Sunday, 6 March 2011

Yellow Submarine Sandwich

Eric Idle's 1978 mockumentary The Rutles: All You Need is Cash sent up as much of the Beatles' career as it could, right down to a sequence spoofing Yellow Submarine.

"I got the real people who did Yellow Submarine to parody themselves," says Idle on the DVD commentary. "I just gave them a song and a brief saying 'send yourselves up, give us a parody'. And they did it wonderfully, and it was wonderful. I felt about this time in the movie we want a little... a different change of pace, and I thought an animated three minutes would be really good. And they did a really fine job."

The film's credits attribute the animation simply to Little Big Films of London. According to Denis Gifford's filmography the sequence was animated by George Parker and Tony White.

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  1. Yellow Submarine 1968 Greetings again from the darkness. "It was 50 years ago, Sgt Pepper taught the band to play". OK, I know that's not the lyric, but 50 fits better than 20 when we are talking about the latest re-mastered 4K version of the classic animated YELLOW SUBMARINE from The Beatles. > Yellow Submarine Originally released in 1968, the story is by Lee Minoff and is based on the Lennon-McCartney song of the title. Additional dialogue and story elements were contributed by (at least) four other writers, including Erich Segal of LOVE STORY fame, and after all these years, the film not only remains quite entertaining, it has attained a certain legendary status.

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