Yellow Submarine – 50th Anniversary

Family/Musical; 90m.  Rated G



SPECIAL GUEST AT 7/15 7:30 SHOW: Dr. Ken Womack, noted Beatles author and Dean of School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University will speak prior to the film and sign copies of his books.

The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies.

For the 50th anniversary screening, Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution, though no automated software was used in order to preserve the original, hand-drawn artwork. Instead, the film’s photochemical elements were restored by hand, frame-by-frame. The famous Yellow Submarine soundtrack and score were also remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at Abbey Road Studios by mix engineer Peter Cobbin.


“Perhaps because the Beatles were considered such a draw, perhaps because the songs were counted on to sell the film, there was no agenda to dumb down the material or hard-sell the story. Instead of contrived urgency, there’s unpressured whimsy, and the movie exists as pure charm, expressed in fantastical imagery. And then there are the songs.” – Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES


“The blend of stunning music and innovative visuals make this a true festival of the senses.” –TOTAL FILM


“Although the Beatles weren’t actually involved in the making of this animated classic, their zany spirit and inventiveness are evident throughout, thanks to a wonderfully implausible story line, some beautiful and often extraordinary animation and, of course, 14 great Beatles songs, three written expressly for the film.” – Richard Harrington, WASHINGTON POST





Dean of the Wayne D. McMurray School of Humanities and Social Sciences at Monmouth University, where he also serves as Professor of English. He is the author or editor of more than 30 books, including Long and Winding Roads: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles (2007), the Cambridge Companion to the Beatles (2009), The Beatles Encyclopedia: Everything Fab Four (2014), and a multivolume study devoted to the life and work of Beatles producer George Martin. The first book in the series, Maximum Volume, was published in 2017 and lauded by Kirkus Reviews as “an authoritative account of pop-music history and the man who helped shape it.” The second volume, Sound Pictures: The Life of Beatles Producer George Martin (The Later Years, 1966-2016), will be published in September 2018. A regular Beatles blogger for CultureSonar, Dr. Womack delivers some 50 invited Beatles talks a year to audiences around the world, while sharing his insights with media of all stripes, including National Public Radio, ABC, CBS, NBC, the BBC and Voice of America, among others.

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