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[[caption-width-right:350:Nothing is real.]]

->''"It's all in the mind."''

''Yellow Submarine'' is a psychedelic late 1960s animated movie that [[NotQuiteStarring doesn't quite star]] Music/TheBeatles. (Though their ''songs'' feature prominently, and they do get a cameo at the end.)

When [[SugarApocalypse Blue Meanies attack]] the strange and magical undersea utopia of "Pepperland", Old Fred is sent off in a near-omnipotent submarine to find help. He ends up in Liverpool, where he convinces Music/RingoStarr and his three "mates" to return with him. Along the way, stuff happens. [[DisneyAcidSequence Very weird stuff.]] With Beatles music all throughout and art in the style of Heinz Edelmann, the return voyage to Pepperland is... quite a '[[{{Pun}} trip]]'.

Can the Beatles save Pepperland and its citizens with ThePowerOfRock? Or will the Blue Meanies end the free and open dissemination of music, to which they are [[GoodHurtsEvil allergic]], once and for all?

A [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]] remake to be directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis was in pre-production, but is currently {{de|velopmentHell}}ad thanks to his [[Film/MarsNeedsMoms previous movie]] flopping.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AcidTripDimension: Several.
* AdaptationExpansion: The original song only describes a trip "beneath the waves, til we found a Sea of Green," and while that's still a goal of the movie (as the Sea of Green leads to Pepperland), there are many more seas the Beatles find themselves in before reaching the Sea of Green. The actual Sea Of Green sequence only takes about ten seconds!
* AndIMustScream: The citizens of Meanie-run Pepperland are shown to be bluish-gray and frozen but still conscious.
* AndKnowingIsHalfTheBattle: "Sixty-four years is 33,661,440 minutes, and one minute is a long time. Let us dem-0-1-2-nstrate."
* AndStarring: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Even though the Beatles probably spend more time disguised as the band than the actual band's screentime. Rectified in the extended cut, where the real Sergeant Pepper and his band help the Beatles defeat a group of canine Meanies to the tune of "Hey Bulldog".
* {{Angrish}}: Old Fred: Uhh... [gibberish] ... MUSIC ... [gibberish] ...BLUE... [gibberish] ...SUBMARINE...EXPLOSIONS...BLUE MEEAAANIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIES!!!
* AnimatedMusicVideo: One of the first.
* AnnoyingArrows: Ringo pulls some out of himself after his experience in the Sea of Monsters. He found it [[{{Pun}} 'arrowing]].
** The Blue Meanies' guns fire whizzy cartoon arrows complete with cartoony sound effects. They don't kill you if they hit, just remove your colour and make you a slave.
* ApatheticCitizens: Lord Mayor, the Blue Meanies are coming! What will you do? "Finish the quartet!"
** Justified in that Lord Mayor thinks that the Blue Meanies "wouldn't dare" actually invade. It doesn't really explain his failure to notice the rest of Pepperland being invaded around him, though...
* ArcWords: "It's all in the mind." Thanks, George.
** Also a ShoutOut to ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', of which the Beatles were fans.
* ArgentinaIsNaziland: Referenced when the routed Meanies consider fleeing there.
* {{Autocannibalism}}: The vacuum monster eats everything in its universe. Eventually it eats itself, mouth last.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The Blue Meanies.
-->'''Max:''' Yes, Your Blueness!\\
'''Chief Meanie:''' [''enraged''] ''WHAAAT?'' We Meanies only take "no" for an answer! Is that understood, Max?\\
'''Max:''' No, Your Blueness!\\
'''Chief Meanie:''' [''instantly mollified''] ''Thaaaaat's'' better.
* BandLand: Pepperland is a rare non-video game example.
* BandToon
* Franchise/TheBeatles
* BluebirdOfHappiness: [[spoiler: Is the Chief Blue Meanie's cousin.]]
* BornInTheTheatre: Most evident when the Vacuum Monster eats the 'screen,' and when the live-action Beatles cameo at the end.
* ButtMonkey: Ringo for the good guys, and Max for the Blue Meanies.
* TheCameo: Music/TheBeatles themselves make a brief appearance at the end.
* CampGay: The boss of the Blue Meanies.
* CardCarryingVillain: Blue Meanies. The name says it all.
* CasualDangerDialogue
-->''(After being eaten by the Vaccum Monster)''\\
'''Paul:''' What should we do?\\
'''John:''' [[SpotOfTea Serve tea.]]\\
'''Paul:''' Lovely.
* CatchPhrase: George's is "It's all in the mind (y'know)."
** The production team had also had John drop this line at the end of the "Strawberry Fields" [[WesternAnimation/TheBeatles television episode]].
** This may be a ShoutOut to ''Radio/TheGoonShow'', which sometimes used the phrase in its closing narration.
** Ringo: "I've got a hole in me pocket."
** Jeremy does this [[RhymesOnADime in rhyme]]: "Ad hoc, ad loc, and quid pro quo!/So little time, so much to know!"
* CatsAreMean: The nine catlike Blue Meanies are particularly cruel. (These are known as "Butterfly Stompers")
* TheCavalry: [[TheSeventhCavalry The U.S. Seventh Cavalry]] rescues Ringo from attacking Indians.
* CelebrityToons
* ChekhovsGun: The hole in Ringo's pocket. [[spoiler:He uses it to free Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band from their bubble. He later gives half of it to Jeremy.]]
* ChewingTheScenery: The Chief Meanie does this a lot.
* {{Cloudcuckoolander}}: All four of the Beatles.
** Jeremy, big time.
* ClownCarBase: Ringo's house. Complete with ScoobyDoobyDoors!
* ComedicSociopathy
-->'''John:''' Hey lads. Now Ringo's gone. What do we do?\\
'''Fred:''' Learn to sing trios.\\
'''Paul:''' Naaaw, let's save the poor devil!
* ContrivedCoincidence: The Beatles just happen to be perfect physical duplicates to the legendary Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band. (In modern DVD cut they are implied to be linked to each other in some odd metaphysical fashion.) Lampshaded to a degree when the Lord Mayor meets them.
-->'''Lord Mayor:''' It's quite uncanny! Your faces!\\
'''Paul:''' [[MythologyGag We're quite cute, really]][[note]]Paul was often referred to at "The cute one"[[/note]].\\
'''Lord Mayor:''' You could pass for the originals!\\
'''John:''' We ARE the originals.\\
'''Lord Mayor:''' No, no ... Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band!\\
'''George:''' They couldn't be much with a name like that!
* CoolCar: Ringo/George's car.
* CoolHouse: Ringo's house.
* [[CoolBoat Cool Submarine]]
* CoolOldGuy: Old Fred and the Lord Mayor.
* CowboyBebopAtHisComputer: It's quite amazing how many people think that the Beatles are living in [[BritainIsOnlyLondon London]] during the film's early stages -- even though Ringo's first line is about how ''Liverpool'' can sometimes be a lonely place.
* CrapsackWorld: Liverpool is a black and white city with people either frozen or forever stuck in repetitive motions.
* CutenessProximity: The constable in Liverpool is entirely distracted by the cat he's trying to coax. He doesn't even notice the Submarine following Ringo.
* DancePartyEnding
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: The defeated Blue Meanies decide to [[HeelFaceTurn turn good]] in the end.]]
* DerangedAnimation: Hoo boy!
* DirectorsCut: There are at least two versions of this film -- [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEv6TpiA9ZM the one seen in most American theaters]] and available on video until about 1991, and the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTckKxX8n7E remastered version]] that has the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAPHqd1kKwQ "Hey Bulldog"]] sequence and some changes of pacing and sequencing in that area and available on DVD.
** There was also a UK broadcast version pieced together by TheBBC from the available footage. This also included "Hey Bulldog" but omits some of the scenes that eventually (ahem) surfaced in the remaster.
* DisneyAcidSequence: Replace "Creator/{{Disney}}" with "Creator/UnitedArtists" and "Sequence" with "Whole Film".
* DoomedHometown: Pepperland.
* TheDragon: The Dreadful Flying Glove.
* DrivenToSuicide: Ringo is so bored that he'd jump into the River Mersey, only doesn't because "it looks like rain".
* DVDCommentary: By production supervisor John Coates, with clips from interviews with Heinz Edelmann.
* DwindlingParty: The citizens of Pepperland during the invasion.
-->'''Fred:''' Sir! Sir! The Blue Meanies are coming!\\
'''Lord Mayor:''' Not h-here, young Fred. They w-wouldn't dare.\\
'''Fred:''' They would! They ''are!'' What are you going to do?\\
'''Lord Mayor:''' [[WhileRomeBurns Finish the quartet.]]\\
'''Chief Meanie:''' FIRE! ''[The Meanies keep firing away; one of the foursome is [[TakenForGranite turned to stone]] by a Meanie's arrow and Fred catches his instrument]''\\
'''Fred:''' Trio, sir. ''[He starts plucking away, as another is turned to stone]'' Duet, sir.\\
'''Lord Mayor:''' ...Duet?! ''[And a third is turned to stone]''\\
'''Fred:''' Solo. ''[He takes a whack at playing all three violins at once]''\\
'''Lord Mayor:''' ''[Awkward {{beat}} as the realization hits him]'' ...Y-Young Fred! '''''THE BLUE MEANIES ARE COMING!!!'''''
* EjectionSeat: The steersman's chair turns out to be one when Ringo presses the Panic Button.
* EvilLaugh: The Blue Meanies, especially the Chief.
* FacePalm: When an apple falls on a Blue Meanie's head, the meanie does this. Also Paul's reaction to Ringo's "Sub Scribers" pun.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: How the Blue Meanies' conquest of Pepperland ultimately ends after the Beatles arrive.
* [[WhileRomeBurns Fiddling While Rome Burns]]: Parodied, literally. (Justified in that Pepperland is a PlanetOfHats, and their hat is music.)
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Ringo
** TheLancer: John
** TheSmartGuy: George
** TheBigGuy: Paul
** TheChick: Old Fred
** SixthRanger: Jeremy
** TheObiWan: The Lord Mayor (but only temporarily, the rest of a time he's more of a {{mentor|s}}).
* FollowTheLeader: This film was arguably a strong influence on 1974's ''SpaceBattleshipYamato,'' and thus indirectly on ''Franchise/StarWars'', ''Series/{{Battlestar Galactica|Classic}}'', and pretty much all of modern SpaceOpera.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Getting the Blue Meanies' hats past the Creator/{{Disney}} Legal Department radar, and the brief nudity in "Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds"?
** Not to mention lines like:
-->'''George:''' Ah, you're nuts, the pair of yer.\\
'''Fred:''' If we slip back through time at this rate, very soon we'll all disappear up our own [[UnusualEuphemism existence]].\\
'''Ringo:''' Open your mouth, love, it won't hurt. (Coaxing John to make the word "LOVE" appear out of his mouth, of course. What else could it be?)
** As well as John asking Jeremy "who the Billy Shears" he is.
** Paul saying, "Hey, let's show him our motor!"
-->'''John:''' Steady. I mean, you don't wanna be showin' your motor to just anybody.
* GoneHorriblyRight: When Jeremy repairs the sub's engines, it starts up and goes zooming off into the distance, leaving everybody behind.
* GoYeHeroesGoAndDie: Old Fred's motivational speech just before the Beatles enter the Submarine.
* GiantFootOfStomping: Also, feet that shoot guns and hands that have teeth.
--> '''George:''' I see footsteps.
-->'''Paul:''' It's a pair of kinky-boot beasts!
-->'''John:''' Preparing to attack.
* GiantHandsOfDoom: Again, The Dreadful Flying Glove.
* GoodHurtsEvil: Blue Meanies don't like good music spreading through the land. It pains them.
* GrotesqueGallery
* HandInTheHole: They find ''holes'', black circles, that represent {{hammerspace}} storage devices.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: The Meanies are coming!
* HaveAGayOldTime: In one scene, a British guy calls out to a cat by the call of "Puss, puss... pussy, pussy... Here, pussy."
* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Lord Mayor is a sympathetic example.
* HeelFaceTurn: What the Blue Meanies do after they are defeated.
* HellIsThatNoise: The clown alarm.
* HurricaneOfPuns: This is one of those movies that turns these [[LamePunReaction bad puns]] into magic.
** Including the Meanie number two's name, given that The Blue Max was once a famous German medal.
** "Today...Pepperland goes blue-y!"
** "It's blue glass." "Must be from Kentucky."
** "[It's a] University of UsefulNotes/{{W|ales}}hales!"
** "I'm a born lever-puller!" (Which wouldn't sound at all like the word "Liverpooler" if it weren't for Ringo's Liverpool accent.)
** "Cut-outs at the ready, and let's cut out!"
** And many many more.
* IconicOutfit: The Sgt. Pepper uniforms and the Beatles' rather eccentric choice of dress. Of course, both of these were picked up in [[RockBand The Beatles: Rock Band]].
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The Bonkers use giant apples as their weapon of choice.
* ImTakingHerHomeWithMe: Ringo's feelings toward Jeremy manifest themselves as this more or less.
** Also, a line spoken by John during "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band": "You're such a lovely audience. We'd like to take you home with us. We'd love to take you home."
*** Of course the latter is a quote from the actual song and therefore pre-dates the film.
* InfoDrop: The animators almost seem to [[DerangedAnimation deliberately distract you]] when Fred accidentally drops all of the instruments in the Sea of Monsters, and the Beatles don't even mention it until they reach Pepperland. The only hint before that is when the Beatles play [[AirGuitar air instruments]] during the ''Nowhere Man'' sequence.
* JumpedAtTheCall: All the Beatles. How they managed to understand Old Fred's [[{{Angrish}} garbled explanation]] is anyone's guess.
* {{Jerkass}}: The Beatles to Jeremy. Being a Nowhere Man aside, Jeremy is basically a good-hearted soul with many skills. He just has no real purpose or reason for them. The Beatles are snarky to him from the start, and when he even HE FIXES THE SUB'S MOTOR, the Beatles attempt to just walk off without as much as a thank-you, and then go on to berate him FURTHER via the "Nowhere Man" number, leaving poor Jeremy a hurt, crying mess. Only Ringo takes pity on him at the last minute. And just a few minutes later, when Jeremy fixes one of the Sub's propellers TOO well that the sub accidentally goes into overdrive, John, Paul, and George lose no time sniping at him AGAIN. And AGAIN, only Ringo defends him.
** Jeremy actually seems to enjoy the "Nowhere Man" number, at least until the group starts to leave him (which still leaves everyone but Ringo looking awful, since they justify leaving Jeremy with "He's happy enough, going around in circles" while the poor guy is ''crying'').
* {{Keet}}: The Chief Blue Meanie.
* KingKongClimb: Behind one of the doors in the Beatles' home.
* LamePunReaction: "Call a road service." "Can't, no road." "And we're not sub... scribers." The other Beatles [[CollectiveGroan react with physical pain]] to that one.
** And then there are a couple of instances of exchanges between Ringo and Old Fred:
*** When they walk through a hall of displays in a huge house:
--->'''Fred:''' What would your friends be doing here?
--->'''Ringo:''' Displayin'.
--->'''Fred:''' Displaying what?
--->'''Ringo:''' Displayin' around.
*** When Ringo tries to steer the submarine through the Sea of Monsters and they come across one monster:
--->'''Fred:''' You've got to steer clear!
--->'''Ringo:''' Steer clear?
--->'''Fred:''' Just ''steer!'' Clear?
--->'''Ringo:''' Yes, dear.
* LargeHam: The Chief Meanie plays this to perfection, alternately talking calmly and yelling when excited or upset. Example:
-->'''Chief Meanie:''' Let us not forget that heaven is blue... [[TodayXTomorrowTheWorld TOMORROW, THE WORLD!!!!!!]]
* LimitedAnimation: One of the defining films of the genre, often misattributed to avant-garde artist Peter Max; and a who's-who of British animation; helped inspire Creator/TerryGilliam of ''Creator/MontyPython'' fame.
** Part of what may have caused the film to underperform in its original release-keep in mind, this made when the Beatles were ''at the height of their popularity'' and people still avoided the film. Richard Williams even points this out in his book "The Animator's Survival Kit".
** The film never got a full release in the UK. When ''Submarine'' was first released in London in July 1968, Rank, the British distributor, reported low figures justifying cutting the film's release to half the circuit. Several days later, challenged with capacity business receipts, Rank denied making the previous statement. Richard Lester, director of ''A Hard Day's Night'' and ''Help'', pointed out that three films with less box-office had received a general release, but ''Yellow Submarine'' had not. "...This whole thing about releases is so bizarre. I've been looking up some figures, out of my own interest, because of this ''Yellow Submarine'' thing, and it's very sinister. You find things like ''The Magnificent Two'' and ''The Long Duel'' and ''The Jokers'' which did in the West End about two thousand pounds a week getting a full circuit release, and ''Yellow Submarine'' which did eleven thousand pounds in the West End not getting it. Strangely enough, the first three I spoke about were all Rank films."
-->Movie #16 Winter 1968-69 p.26 "Interview with Richard Lester"
-->"Inside the Yellow Submarine" Dr. Robert Hieronimus
* MagicMusic
* MalevolentArchitecture: It's clear from Ringo's whining about how nothing ever happens to him that he has never paid attention to what happens inside his mansion. Or he's just bored with it -- he no longer seems to notice there's anything ''strange'' about the place (partly because at least some of it hides from him).
* MindScrew: Pick a moment.
-->'''Jeremy:''' "Medic, pedic, Zed Oblique. Orfic, Morphic, Dorphic, Greek. ''Ad hoc'', ''ad loc'', and ''quid pro quo'' -- So little time, so much to know!"
* MonsterClown: The Meanies use really freaky looking clowns (known as "Countdown Clowns") as an alarm system. They've got no arms and really do look horrific. The noise they make when they're alarmed REALLY doesn't help. Plus when things tend to explode when you press their squeaky noses.
** Creator/MarkHamill has said that his performance of The Joker in ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' (and, indeed, that version's appearance) can be traced back to the Chief Blue Meanie.
* MonumentalDamage[=/=]SignsOfDisrepair: When the Meanies conquer Pepperland, they smash a statue of two clasped hands, breaking them apart, and change a giant "KNOW" sign to "NO."
* TheMusical
* MythologyGag: To other songs from the Beatles; such when Fred recites the chorus to ''Film/{{Help}}'', or John introducing himself to "the Alter-Ego Man" as "the Ego Man, Goo Goo G'joob." And in the end [[spoiler:when Ringo gave half of his hole to Jeremy and Paul decides to fix it to keep his mind from wondering]].
* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Blue Meanies. Hence the joke where the Chief Blue Meanie moans about where they could go since they were defeated, and Max suggests [[ArgentinaIsNaziland "Argentina?"]] (See also: TodayXTomorrowTheWorld).
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzh1SCy3Sbk The four-minute trailer]] contains nearly as much footage of live-action Beatles as the entire film does, and with the inclusion of footage of the lads horsing around with the studio equipment implies them actually having something to do with the film's production behind the scenes.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands: John suddenly gains the ability to make his words manifest into reality just in time for his "fight" with the Glove. For some reason, live-action Paul can do this by the end of the movie, too.
** The movie sort of justifies it by saying that John has "a big mouth", though that could just as easily be sarcasm on their part.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: At the beginning of the film, Ringo is lamenting his boring life.
* NotQuiteStarring
* ObiWanMoment: The Mayor faces his imminent "bonking" with quiet stoicism.
* OffModel: Hardly any of the characters are ever ''on'' model. Whether this adds or detracts from the movie is a matter of opinion.
* OffscreenCrash / DrivesLikeCrazy: Played for laughs, of course. It actually consists of sound effects of [[UpToEleven much squealing of tires and several crashes]], culminating in a [[StuffBlowingUp huge explosion]]. The Beatles then run back onscreen, completely unharmed.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist: Jeremy Hillary Boob (AKA the Nowhere Man) claims to be a physicist, botanist, and dentist, and shows engineering talent as well.
* OnThree: As the Beatles are about to sing ''Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band''.
-->'''John Lennon''' Ok, fellows on the beat...A-one, a-two, a-three, a-four, a-five, a-six...
-->'''Ringo Starr''' Can't you make it three?
-->'''John Lennon''' Oh, alright! On the beat...A-one, a-two, a-three...
* OopNorth: Liverpool.
-->'''Ringo:''' Liverpool can be a lonely place on a Saturday night. And this is only Thursday morning.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: Given the trippiness of the rest of the movie, this is understandable.
** Apparently Music/JohnLennon designed some of them[[note]]He was not pleased when he wasn't credited for this[[/note]], which explains even more.
* PalatePropping: John Lennon to the giant Glove, using the word "Nothing".
* ParentalBonus: See if you can find one kid who can even see the StealthPun.
* PlanetOfHats: Pepperland is a musical realm.
* PlotDrivenBreakdown: Two in quick succession, in fact.
* ThePowerOfLove: ''Literally'' the power of love when John defeats the Glove with "All You Need Is Love." Then the movie ends with everyone holding hands to "It's All Too Much" and "All Together Now" written in various languages, set to the song of the same name.
* ThePowerOfRock: The entire universe is powered by it.
* ProductPlacement: One of the Meanies' weapons is the symbol of Apple Records.
** At one point, ComicStrip/MandrakeTheMagician, ComicStrip/ThePhantom and ComicStrip/BuckRogers appear inside Ringo's house. All of them are from King Features Syndicate, which co-produced the movie.
* PursuedProtagonist: Old Fred.
* RapidHairGrowth: While the Beatles are in the Sea of Time they undergo RapidAging and their head hair (including beards and mustaches) start growing out quickly. Watch it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FDWw1uJFtII#t=28m25s here]].
* RealityWarper: George.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Yellow Submarine," of course. It was written in 1966 for the ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' album. Even the songs that debuted in the film were unused songs that the Beatles had written for other reasons.
* {{Remaster}}: In preparation for the BluRay release, Paul Rutan Jr. and his team restored the original negative in 4K resolution. They feared that using automated computer software to fix the picture quality would [[DigitalDestruction erase unique details]], and consequently restored each frame of the movie by hand. The resulting Blu-Ray looks stunning thanks to their labors.
* RenaissanceMan: Jeremy Hillary Boob, Ph.D. He describes himself thusly: "Eminent physicist, polyglot classicist, prize-winning botanist, hard-biting satirist, talented pianist -- good dentist, too."
--> "Lousy poet."
* RhymesOnADime: Jeremy again. As he explains: "If I spoke prose, you'd all find out / I don't know what I talk about."
* {{Rotoscoping}}: In the "Eleanor Rigby" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" segments
* RuleOfThree: See ApatheticCitizens above.
* RunningGag: Old Fred's repeated incoherent explanation of what's going on in Pepperland:
-->'''Fred:''' Ggggaakbunkahbdonkaglrigabpbr ''music'' lmrapqlifrheabffffunkahhluh ''blue'' gegahdahmaeroohthe ''s-s-submarine'' nbnhh ''explosion'' grfl ''BLUUEEE MEANNNIEESS!''
** Later, when they pick up John:
-->'''Ringo:''' ''(When they pick up John)'' Now, listen to old Fred.\\
'''Fred:''' Ggggaakbunkahbdonkag ''music'' lmrapqlffunkah ''blue'' gemaeroohthe ''s-s-submarine'' nbnhh ''explosion'' grfl ''BLUUEEE MEANNNIEESS!!'' -- So what d'you think?\\
'''John:''' ''[to Ringo]'' I think it needs a rehearsal.
** By the final repetition, John and Ringo are chiming in on the last three syllables:
-->'''Fred:''' Ggggaakbunkahbgmusibluuemaerosubmarinenbnhhexplosion--\\
'''Fred, John, and Ringo:''' ''BLUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEE MEEEEAAAAAAANIIIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEES!!!''\\
'''George:''' ''[to John and Ringo]'' Ah, you're nuts, the pair of yer.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: Music/TheBeatles defeat the Blue Meanies and save Pepperland by ThePowerOfRock.
* SchmuckBait: Ringo and the lever. (Granted, of course, [[StealthPun he's a born lever-puller.]])
** And again with Ringo and [[EjectionSeat the Panic Button]]. Poor guy never gets a break in this movie.
* ScoobyDoobyDoors: At least three different points in the film could be legitimately claimed as Scooby Dooby Doors moments, though only one features doors outright. In the Beatles' mansion, a weird alien creature, a floating hat, a black guy in a yellow suit, a butterfly, a woman's hand, an eggcup, a tobacco pipe with a face, a rocking horse, a skull and crossbones, Franchise/{{Batman}}, an umbrella and pair of glasses. All going in and out of doors in about five seconds.
** Another moment occurs when the Blue Meanies chase the Beatles through Pepperland, after the band inadvertently awakens them from their sleep.
* SecurityCling: The Lord Mayor jumps into Old Fred's arms during the Blue Meanie attack.
* ShoutOut: So many, both within the film and ''to'' the film, that they now have [[ShoutOut/YellowSubmarine their own page]].
* SissyVillain
* SoLongSuckers: In the Sea of Monsters, after the submarine manages to escape being sucked up and swallowed by a vacuum monster, one of the Beatles, most likely George, says, "So long, sucker!"
* SpaceJews: "Are you... blueish? You don't ''look'' blueish..." [[WordOfGod Production supervisor John Coates]] claims this moment was meant as commentary on the stereotypical casting of Jewish actors as villains. Interestingly, apparently the Blue Meanies were originally planned to be a different color, like red or purple; it was an accident that they turned out blue. Granted, "Blue Meanies" does sound better than "Purple Meanies."
** On that note, [[RuleOfFunny it could also be argued that the fact that Blue Meanies being more fun to say could have tipped the decision in its favor.]]
** Making them "''Blue'' Meanies" could also be considered a TakeThat against the police.
** Then there's the subgenus of magic mushrooms called Blue Meanies, although the name might just postdate the film.
* SpotOfTea: [[AdaptationExpansion According to the]] {{Novelization}}, [[ItRunsOnNonsensoleum this is required to submerge the submarine]].
* StealthPun:
--> '''Fred:''' Hey, what would your friends be doing here?\\
'''Ringo:''' Displaying.\\
'''Fred:''' Displaying what?\\
'''Ringo:''' Dis-playing around. ''(Sound of rimshot)''
* StonerFlick: And how!
* SuddenAnatomy: At one point the titular submarine sprouts a toothy grin to disarm a school... er... university of whales[[note]](''School'' applies to ''fish''. For whales and dolphins, the term is ''pod''.)[[/note]]
* SuddenlyShouting: This is one of the Chief Blue Meanie's traits, speaking calmly and then, on a dime, yelling.
* SugarApocalypse: Page quote.
* SugarBowl: Pepperland before the Blue Meanie attack.
* SuicideAsComedy:
--> '''Ringo:''' I'd jump into the River Mersey, but it looks like rain.
* TakenForGranite: Citizens of Pepperland being shot by the Meanies' magic arrows and being petrified (or at least drained of color.)
* TakeThat: most Blue Meanies have MickeyMouse ears. The Chief Meanie has ears that look somewhat like Oswald the Lucky Rabbit's.
** And...
-->'''Chief Meanie:''' Aaaaah... the hills are alive...\\
'''Max:''' ''[sings off-key]'' With Theatre/TheSoundOfMusic!\\
'''Chief Meanie:''' ''[immediately shoots Max]''
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: They defeat one monster by making fun of how ugly it is.
** Said monster was totally harmless. [[TheGrotesque Poor monster]]...
** Jeremy does this to the Chief Blue Meanie.
---> '''Jeremy:''' Where ground is soft / most often grows-- / Arise! Arise! / Arouse, a rose... a rosy ''nose??''
* {{Technobabble}}: In a parody of his tendency towards profound pronouncements, Lennon's character attempts to [[HandWave explain]] the uncanny resemblance between themselves and Sgt. Pepper's Band. The other characters promptly laugh it off and attempt to [[PercussiveMaintenance bash open]] their glass prison while he's still talking.
** It gets better. If you listen closely, John's explanation eventually evolves into some kind of recipe[[note]]It sounds like a recipe for scrambled eggs, which was, according to legend, the working title for "Yesterday."[[/note]]
** And while John starts talking about relativity, Paul spins around and starts singing the old music-hall number "Any Old Iron" as "Any old Ein, Any old Ein, Any-any-any old Ein-stein".
* TemptingFate
-->'''Ringo:''' Nothing ever happens to me.
* ThemePark: The Sony Entertainment Centers of Berlin and Tokyo featured [[http://www.fab4art.com/ysa.htm "The Yellow Submarine Adventure"]] during 2000. The CGI cutscenes for the ride were made about a decade before the remake was announced.
* TodayXTomorrowTheWorld: Variation: the Chief Blue Meanie says, "Let us not forget that heaven is blue... TOMORROW THE WORLD!"
* TrapDoor: Ringo pushes a button and drops a monster out of the submarine.
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: Just about any of the musical segments (especially "Nowhere Man", "Only a Northern Song", "Eleanor Rigby" and "When I'm 64") could easily pass for 80s style music videos (in content if not for actual animation style).
* UnflinchingFaithInTheBrakes: Old Fred as Ringo drives a car toward him in the mansion.
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight
* {{Utopia}}: Pepperland, before and after the Blue Meanie[[note]]British[[/note]] invasion.
* VehicleTitle
* ThoseWackyNazis: Blue Meanies, to the point where the defeated second in command suggests fleeing to Argentina, no less!
* WatchItStoned
* WaxingLyrical: Songs that aren't featured outright often get slipped into the dialogue, such as when Fred pounds on the door while reciting the words to "Help!".
-->'''John's doppelganger:''' I'm your alter ego, man!\\
'''John:''' Then I'm the [[{{Pun}} ego]]-man, goo goo g'joob."
* WeirdnessCensor: The only possible explanation for Ringo's boredom, considering where he lives.
* WhatDoesThisButtonDo
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: When a monster gets inside the submarine, everyone comments on how incredibly ugly it is until it's driven to tears, at which point they kick it out of the sub.
** Later, when Jeremy is also brought to tears by the Beatles singing "Nowhere Man" to him (in their defense, the lyrics ''are'' an accurate portrait of him), Ringo is the only one who seems to care that they've hurt Jeremy's feelings, the other Beatles want nothing more to do with him. But Ringo gets him to come along anyway, and he does turn out to be of some assistance.
-->'''Ringo:''' Poor little guy.\\
'''Paul:''' I dunno, Ringo is just a sentimentalist.
** He fixes the submarine's propeller ([[GoneHorriblyRight so well, unfortunately,]] [[OutOfTheFryingPan that Old Fred can't turn it off and is forced to leave without the Beatles]]), and later helps [[spoiler: take down the Blue Meanie Leader at the end and the Meanies into making peace.]]
-->'''Ringo:''' First time I saw that "Nowhere Man"...that "nobody"... ''I'' knew he was ''somebody''.
* WorldOfChaos: Most of the film is set there -- even the parts in Liverpool.
* WorldHealingWave
* {{Zeerust}}: the title was presented in a pseudo-MICR [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typeface]], that being the [[TheSixties 1960s]] idea of a "futuristic" typeface. (The only relationship most people had with computers being the MICR numbers printed on cheques.)
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