YMMV / Yellow Submarine

  • Animation Age Ghetto: Oddly enough, a positive example. It was intended for adults and teenagers, but only became popular when it was released on home video and allowed baby boomers to introduce their kids to The Beatles through a trippy cartoon.
  • Awesome Music: It's The Beatles — go figure.
    • Specifically "Hey Bulldog" and "All Together Now": songs that had been relegated to the archive bin and otherwise wouldn't have seen the light of day. They're considered fan favorites.
      • "Hey Bulldog" is awesome in a meta was as well for being what those present at the time of its conception refer to as the last time The Beatles were a complete band and not just four people with bloated egos.
    • Also "Only a Northern Song," Harrison's swipe at not getting more record time, gets it's moment to shine on the soundtrack.
    • George Martin's score is no slouch, especially considering all of the musical styles it covers.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Oh, where to begin! Ringo's entire house could be called a Big Lipped Alligator MANSION.
  • Broken Base: The Beatles' voices. Some find their deadpan reactions to everything to be part of the humor, others are bothered by it sounding "bored."
  • Cult Classic: The story is very simple and the film didn't do very well at first, but it is filled with very surreal imagery which attracts people to it.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The clock in the Yellow Submarine speeds up to the year 2009, which only half of the band (Paul and Ringo) would live to see.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: When George sees that the car changes colors, he says, "It's all in the mind." Guess what made it into the Parappa The Rapper series nearly 30 years later?
  • Periphery Demographic: As mentioned above, the movie was going for a young adult audience but was much more popular among gen x-ers and millennials who's parents used this movie to introduce them to the Beatles' music.
    • John claimed in one of his last interviews that while raising Sean, he and Yoko deliberately tried to keep John's Beatles history away from him, and played down being a millionaire pop star. It was only when Sean saw Yellow Submarine for the first time while at a sleepover at a friend's house that Sean recognized his dad in the film, and thus his role in the Beatles.
  • Tear Jerker: The "Eleanor Rigby" sequence manages to make the song even sadder and more depressing than it already was, which is no mean feat.
  • Ugly Cute: Jeremy.
    • Many of the monsters who appear in the Sea of Monsters, including the one that briefly gets into the submarine.
  • Vindicated by History: The film was initially a flop and killed the non-Disney feature animation market for years. Animator Richard Williams, a fan of the film, claimed that the jerky, start-stop animation was to blame—it must have been, since The Beatles were at the height of their popularity by this point! That said, it has gained a Cult Classic following over the years.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: A less extreme example. It was intended for older audiences, but there's nothing too vulgar about it that would keep kids from watching, which may be why it's become such a popular way for parents to introduce their kids to The Beatles.
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?: In his book Up Periscope Yellow, Al Brodax, the man behind the production, who wrote or co-wrote most of the non-musical sequences, swears the only time he ever had drugs was in a meeting with John Lennon after he'd finished the script.
    • In the behind-the-scenes portions of the DVD, it's revealed that while the animators never did drugs, they would often return to work a little drunk after having a few too many pints during their lunch break.


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