Michael Sauter
September 14, 1999 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Yellow Submarine

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
The Beatles
Producers
Apple, Capitol
genre
Rock, Reissues, Soundtracks

We gave it a B

Yellow Submarine, the Beatles’ only animated feature, gets a suitably momentous video reissue, with both its songs and its trippy images vibrantly remastered. Can they mean as much to a new generation as they did to the kiddies (and hippies) of the ’60s? Probably not.

But this fantastical voyage to Pepperland — where the Fab Four fend off the big, bad Blue Meanies through the power of music — still boasts enough inspired surrealism to hold up 30 years later. Same goes for the hip dialogue.

Sure, some of the puns and in-jokes sound a little dated, but any movie that strings together lines from Shakespeare merely as a throwaway comic riff is, in my book, a film for the ages.

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