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

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

''Yellow Submarine'' is a psychedelic 1968 animated movie, that [[NotQuiteStarring doesn't quite star]] Music/TheBeatles (though their ''songs'' feature prominently, and they have a cameo appearance at the end). It was directed by George Dunning with art designs by Heinz Edelmann.

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, their quest to rescue Pepperland is... quite a '[[{{Pun}} trip]]'. Can the Beatles save the day with love, friendship, and ThePowerOfRock? Or will the Blue Meanies end the free and open dissemination of music, which they [[GoodHurtsEvil find horrifically painful]], once and for all?

''Yellow Submarine'' was a groundbreaking animation film for its time, featuring a lot of psychedelic, colourful and imaginative imagery. The artwork wasn't always technically perfect, and the story was more a surreal parade of scenes than a coherent plot, but this film certainly showed new visions of what animation could do. Thus it has become a CultClassic.

The Music/YellowSubmarine CultSoundtrack to the film is generally received in a less favourable light. Only four songs ("All Together Now", "Hey Bulldog", "It's All Too Much", "Only A Northern Song") are new original material, the rest had appeared on previous Beatles albums before, which are ''Music/{{Revolver}}'' ("Yellow Submarine") and ''Music/MagicalMysteryTour'' ("All You Need Is Love"). All other tracks on the album are orchestral music by George Martin, explaining why this album is often considered the one that hardcore Beatles fans can live without.

A [[SerkisFolk motion-capture]] remake of the cartoon was to be directed by Creator/RobertZemeckis and in pre-production, but is currently {{de|velopmentHell}}ad thanks to his [[WesternAnimation/MarsNeedsMoms previous movie]] flopping.

!!This film provides examples of:

* AcidTripDimension: Several.
* AdaptationExpansion: The original song only mentioned that they "sailed 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!
* AmbiguouslyGay: The boss of the Blue Meanies. It's hard to tell whether he's supposed to be CampGay or an [[NaziNobleman Evil Aristocrat]] type, since there's a fine line between camp and effete.
* AndIMustScream: The citizens of Meanie-run Pepperland are shown to be bluish-gray and mostly frozen but still conscious, with one young frozen girl [[TearJerker visibly crying]].
* 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}}: A panicking Old Fred first explains the situation to Ringo as "Uhh... [gibberish] ... MUSIC ... [gibberish] ...BLUE... [gibberish] ...SUBMARINE...EXPLOSIONS...BLUE MEEAAANIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIES!!!" Amusingly, he keeps giving this account of things to the other Beatles even after he's calmed down.
* AnimatedMusicVideo: One of the first.
* AnnoyingArrows: Ringo pulls some out of himself after his 'arrowing experience in the Sea of Monsters.
** 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.
* BadBoss: The Chief Meanie, especially towards Max.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: The Blue Meanies take it to the logical extreme by saying "no" instead of "yes".
-->'''Chief Meanie:''' Pepperland is a tickle of joy on the blue belly of the universe. ''[[SugarApocalypse It must be scratched]]''. Right, Max?
-->'''Max:''' Yes, Your Blueness!\\
'''Chief Meanie:''' [''enraged''] '''''[[SuddenlyShouting WHAAAT?!]]''''' '''WE MEANIES ONLY TAKE ''NO'' FOR AN ANSWER! IS THAT ''UNDERSTOOD'', MAX?!'''\\
'''Max:''' No, Your Blueness!\\
'''Chief Meanie:''' [''instantly mollified''] ''Thaaaaat's'' better.
** [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] after the Beatles extend an invitation for the Meanies to socialize:
-->'''John''': Are you with us? Will you join?
-->'''Chief Blue Meanie''': Shall we?
-->'''Max''': No.
-->[[{{Angrish}} [The Chief Blue Meanie screams in frustration]] and picks Max up by his ears]
-->'''Max''': [[LastSecondWordSwap [stammers as he tries to not say "No"] Yes,]] Your Newness!
-->'''Chief Blue Meanie''': Yes, Max.
-->'''Jeremy''': Ah, "Yes" is a word with a glorious ring, a true, universal, euphonious thing! Engenders embracing and chasing of blues. The very best word for the whole world to use!
* BandLand: Pepperland is a rare non-video game example.
* BandToon: The band in question being Music/TheBeatles, of course.
* BerserkButton: The Blue Meanies, especially the Chief, can't stand the sound of music.
* BigBad: The Chief Blue Meanie.
* BiggerOnTheInside: The Beatles' house, the Yellow Submarine itself, the Pepperland bandstand where the confiscated instruments are kept. Really, every interior in the film.
* BilingualBonus: The lines from the song ''All Together Now'' appear in many different languages on the screen.
* BluebirdOfHappiness: [[spoiler: Is the Chief Blue Meanie's cousin.]]
* BoringReturnJourney: Inverted. Old Fred's journey from Pepperland to England is summed up in the opening credits. The return journey is more hazardous and takes up the majority of the film's runtime. That said, the ''return-return'' journey, meaning the Beatles's return to Liverpool, is completely skipped over.
* BornInTheTheatre: Most evident when the Vacuum Monster eats the 'screen,' and when the live-action Beatles cameo at the end.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: John addresses the line "You're such a lovely audience we'd like to take you home with us" directly to the viewer. The entire live-action sequence at the end of the film also does this.
* ButtMonkey: Ringo for the good guys, and Max for the Blue Meanies.
* TheCameo: Music/TheBeatles had so little interest in this production that they did not even bother to record their own voices; the four "Beatles" in the movie are voiced by actors. But John, Paul, George, and Ringo did somewhat grudgingly appear in a live-action cameo that closes the film. Ironically, when they finally saw it they ended up enjoying it.
* CardCarryingVillain: Blue Meanies. The name says it all.
* CasualDangerDialogue
-->''(After being eaten by the Vacuum 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: [[UsefulNotes/TheSeventhCavalry The U.S. Seventh Cavalry]] rescues Ringo from attacking Indians.
* CelebrityToons
* ChekhovsGun: Ringo has a hole in his 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.
* ChromosomeCasting: Apart from screaming, there are no female speaking roles at all.
* {{Cloudcuckooland}}: Ringo's house.
* {{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.
* CrapsackWorld: Liverpool is a black and white city with people either frozen or forever stuck in repetitive motions.
** Rather like the enslaved Pepperland, actually, which also counts in its own right.
* CreatorCameo: The real Beatles appear in a live-action segment near the end.
* 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
* DastardlyWhiplash: The Chief Blue Meanie.
* DefeatMeansFriendship: [[spoiler: The defeated Blue Meanies decide to [[HeelFaceTurn turn good]] in the end.]]
* DelusionsOfEloquence: Jeremy occasionally lapses into this when fixing the Yellow Submarine's propeller before the yellow sub takes off without them:
-->'''Jeremy''': Log sine, clog sine, big thingamybob...
-->'''George''': What's he saying?
-->'''Paul''': What's he doing?
** And in the Sea of Holes while seeking the Sea of Green:
-->'''Jeremy''': Hydrolyte, verdant chrysoidine, I think we're near the Sea of Gree-en!
-->[''A Blue Meanie pulls Jeremy through a hole to Pepperland'']
* 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 Creator/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. Not only does he do whatever the Chief Meanie wants, he takes obvious enjoyment from the fear and helplessness of the Pepperlanders.
* DrivenToSuicide: Ringo is so bored that he'd jump into the River Mersey, only doesn't because "it looks like rain".
* DutchAngle: The Liverpool skyline before "Eleanor Rigby" pans down with the chimneytops ascending, with the clock tower in the background descending. Normally, the camera would start with the clock tower and it would descend from the rooftop to the ground.
* 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!!!'''''
** Don't forget when the lads are in Pepperland, and infiltrate a marching squad of Bonkers:
-->'''Meanie Squad Leader:''' Sound off!\\
(The Bonkers start marching in a column of 4.)\\
'''Bonkers (from front to rear)''': (marching) A-one, two, three, hm! A-one, two, three, hm! A one, two, three, hm!\\
'''George (offscreen)''': Five.\\
'''Meanie Squad Leader:''' (perplexed) FIVE?\\
(Camera pulls back to reveal the lads stacked to Bonker height, wielding an apple. They march up to the rear Bonker and bonk his head with the apple. The Bonker falls down stunned, and the lads take his place. The squad leader shakes his head and gets the column going again.)\\
'''Meanie Squad Leader:''' Sound off!\\
'''Bonkers (from front to rear)''': (marching) A-one, two, three.\\
'''George (offscreen)''': Four.\\
'''Bonkers (from front to rear)''': (marching) A-one, two, three.\\
'''George (offscreen)''': Four.\\
'''Bonkers (from front to rear)''': (marching) A-one, twoŚ\\
(Another bonking.)\\
'''George:''' Three.\\
'''Meanie Squad Leader:''' (confused again) Three?\\
(Yet another bonking.)\\
'''George:''' Two.\\
'''Meanie Squad Leader:''' (angrily confused and wild-eyed) TWO?!\\
(Even more bonking.)\\
'''George:''' One.\\
'''Meanie Squad Leader:''' (bewildered) One?!\\
(The last bonker drops his apple as he goes down, hitting the squad leader's head and sending him reeling.)
* EjectionSeat: The steersman's chair turns out to be one when Ringo presses the Panic Button.
* EvilLaugh: The Blue Meanies, especially the Chief.
** The Dreadful Flying Glove.
* ExtraDigits: The Blue Meanies have six-fingered hands to emphasize their overall wrongness/evilness.
** During the visual counting segment in the last minute and 4 seconds of "When I'm 64", 55, 56 and 57 feature a hand next to 5 with 5, 6 and 7 fingers, including the thumb.
* FacePalm: When an apple falls on a Blue Meanie's head, the meanie does this. Also Paul's reaction to Ringo's "subscribers" pun.
* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: How the Blue Meanies' conquest of Pepperland ultimately ends after the Beatles arrive.
* FeedItABomb: Attempted by one denizen of the Sea of Monsters, which shoots a cannonball into the Vacuum Monster's mouth. It makes the monster belch.
* [[WhileRomeBurns Fiddling While Rome Burns]]: Parodied, literally. (Justified in that Pepperland is a PlanetOfHats, and their hat is music.)
* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: During the live-action sequence at the end, John Lennon looks through a spyglass pointed outward toward the audience and announces, "Newer and bluer Meanies have been sighted within the vicinity of this theatre." (Fortunately, there's a way to defeat them: by SINGING!)
* GagNose: The Blue Meanies' noses.
* 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.
** The line ''Can I take my friend to bed?'' in ''All Together Now''.
** Not visible in the DVD cut, but in the widescreen theatrical version when the Beatles walk away from the big head after "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds", there is a cloud in the upper right corner of the screen that strongly resembles a certain part of the male anatomy.
* GoneHorriblyRight: When Jeremy repairs the sub's engine, it starts up and goes zooming off into the distance with Old Fred helpless to stop it, leaving everybody else 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. Ringo soon gets a hole in his pocket.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom: The Meanies are coming!
* HaveAGayOldTime:
** In one scene, a British policeman calls out to a cat by the call of "Puss, puss... pussy, pussy... Here, pussy."
** People attacked by the tall meanie minions that drop giant apples on their heads are described as having been "bonked". Although language is cyclical, and these days people are less likely to automatically associate "bonking" with "having sex".
** One of Jeremy's aliases is "Boob". At the time, a boob was a silly person.
* HeadInTheSandManagement: The Lord Mayor is a sympathetic example. He also proves to be the only one who knows how to solve the current crisis -- send someone off in the Yellow Submarine to get help.
* HeelFaceTurn: What the Blue Meanies do after they are defeated.
* HellIsThatNoise: The clown alarm. You can hear it [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dTKKSxlgu4 here]], but don't say we didn't warn you.
* HumiliationConga: The Chief Blue Meanie's precious flying glove is defeated, his weapons start spitting flowers instead of bullets, he is trampled by his own retreating army, and to top it all off, his blue fur was magically infested with carnations.
* 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!" ([[AccentDepundent Which wouldn't sound at all like the word "Liverpooler" if it weren't for Ringo's Liverpool accent]].)[[note]]"Liverpudlian" is the actual term for a Liverpool resident.[[/note]]
** "Cut-outs at the ready, and let's cut out!"
** When looking for George:
-->'''John''': What day is it?
-->'''Ringo''': "''Sitar''-day".
-->'''John''': Then George will be here.
** (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 ''[[VideoGame/RockBand The Beatles: Rock Band]]''.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: The Bonkers use giant green apples as their weapon of choice. The counter-insurgency fights back with music and musical instruments.
* 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.
* {{Instrumental}}: George Martin's orchestral music on the album and the soundtrack.
* JumpedAtTheCall: All the Beatles. How they managed to understand Old Fred's [[{{Angrish}} garbled explanation]] is anyone's guess.
* {{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 seem physically pained]] by 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!!!!!!]]
** The real-life Beatles' cameo near the end is also tongue-in-cheek silly.
* 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).
* MathematiciansAnswer: After George peruses the motor and electrocutes himself, Young Fred asks him what he thinks.
--> "I think I burnt me finger."
* 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!"
** George, when driving his or Ringo's car:
-->'''Ringo''': Hey, wait, that's my car, lad.
-->'''George''': How do you know it's your car, lad?
-->'''Ringo''': I'd know it anywhere.
-->'''George''': What's it look like, then?
-->'''Ringo''': It's red with yellow wheels.
-->[''The car changes to blue with orange wheels'']
-->'''Ringo''': I mean, blue with orange wheels.
-->[''The car changes to yellow with light purple wheels'']
-->'''George''': It's all in the mind.
* 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. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dTKKSxlgu4 The noise they make when they're alarmed REALLY doesn't help]]. Plus, things tend to explode when you press their squeaky noses.
** Creator/MarkHamill has said that his performance of ComicBook/TheJoker 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 "NOW", and then "NO."
* {{Mordor}}: Once the Blue Meanies take over Pepperland and ban music, it changes from a colorful, cheery unearthly paradise to a grey, gloomy dismal CrapsackWorld.
* 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.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: A ''sub''version[[note]]''groan''[[/note]]. Jeremy ''does'' fix the sub's propeller, but this then causes the sub to zoom off and strand them.
* NothingExcitingEverHappensHere: At the beginning of the film, Ringo is lamenting his boring life.
** Subverted a few moments later, when he starts walking down [[MeaningfulName Hope Street...]]
* NotQuiteStarring
* ObiWanMoment: The Mayor faces his imminent "bonking" with quiet stoicism.
* OffModel: Hardly any of the characters are ever ''on'' model (Neither does the submarine). 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...
* Main/OnceUponATime: "...or maybe twice, there was an unearthly paradise called Pepperland..."
* 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".
* PaletteSwap: When George drives Ringo's car, it changes color multiple times.
* PepperSneeze: The Beatles get sneezed into the Sea of Holes by the Big Giant Heads. It is Pepperland after all.
* 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 Creator/KingFeaturesSyndicate, 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. Ironically, the song that accompanies the scene, "When I'm Sixty Four", starts with the line "When I get older losing my hair".
* 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 UsefulNotes/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--\\
'''George:''' ''[to John and Ringo]'' Ah, you're nuts, the pair of yer.
** By the time they get to Paul, they don't even need to repeat it, him having apparently heard it the first three times.
* SavingTheWorldWithArt: Music/TheBeatles defeat the Blue Meanies and save Pepperland by ThePowerOfRock.
* SceneryPorn: The drawing style isn't technically perfect, but the backgrounds during many of the musical sequences is visually stunning.
* 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, that they now have [[ShoutOut/YellowSubmarine their own page for the references within the film]] and those [[ReferencedBy/YellowSubmarine to the film]].
* SissyVillain
* SoLongSuckers: In the Sea of Monsters, after the submarine manages to escape being sucked up and swallowed by a vacuum monster, George references this trope by name.
* TheSomethingSong: ''Only A Northern Song''.
* 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 and brief fanfare)''
** Another one happens when they pass Frankenstein and Ringo comments that he used to date his sister Phyllis. [[spoiler: "Philistine," you see.]]
* [[StockFootage Stock Soundtrack]]: Apart from George Martin's orchestral music and four new Beatles songs all other songs have appeared on other Beatle albums before.
* 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 with eerie calm one moment and yelling hysterically the next.
* SugarApocalypse: Page quote.
* SugarBowl: Pepperland before the Blue Meanie attack.
* SuicideAsComedy:
--> '''Ringo:''' I'd jump into the River Mersey, but it looks like rain.
* SurrealMusicVideo: The TropeCodifier as well as the UrExample.
* TakenForGranite: Citizens of Pepperland who are shot by the Meanies' magic arrows lose all their color and become motionless. Some of them can still move a little, or shed tears, but none of them seem to be able to speak or put up any real resistance.
* 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! [''the Chief Meanie's nose sprouts a flower''] ... 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.
* ThatRemindsMeOfASong: Naturally.
* ThemeParks: 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!
* 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: Too bad it was the panic button...
* 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''.
* WithCatlikeTread: The Beatles sneak up on a bandstand containing their instruments, surrounded by "a million billion Meanies", and one of them manages to step on a discarded [[EverythingsLouderWithBagpipes bagpipes]]. Then, once they get into the building, they stumble around a bunch of percussion instruments.
* 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.)

-->'''Paul:''' What's the matter, John? Blue Meanies?
-->'''John:''' Newer and bluer Meanies have been sighted within the vicinity of this trope page! There's only one way to go out!
-->'''George:''' How's that?
-->'''John:''' SINGING!