YMMV / Yellow Submarine

  • 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 its' moment to shine on the soundtrack.
    • George Martin's score is no slouch, especially considering all of the musical genres it covers.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Oh, where to begin! Ringo's entire house could be called a Big Lipped Alligator MANSION.
  • 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: The movie was intended for a teenaged/adult audience, but has seen glorious success as a trippy way to introduce kids 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.