In July of 1968, The Beatles debuted their psychedelic musical cartoon, Yellow Submarine. The George Dunning-directed film is based on the same-titled song from the British rockers’ 1966 album, Revolver, originally written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and sung by Ringo Starr.
To celebrate the animated masterpiece’s 50th anniversary, Yellow Submarine is being screened in theaters across North America and Europe this July, presented by The Beatles’ own Apple Corps Ltd., Abramorama and Universal Music Group, as first reported by Billboard.
Written by Lee Minoff, Al Brodax, Jack Mendelsohn and Erich Segal, Yellow Submarine follows the forces of good (The Beatles), fighting against a surreal cast of music-hating super-villains like the Apple Bonkers, the Butterfly Stompers and the Snapping-Turtle Turks.
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These characters will visually come back to life in the film’s new 4K digital restoration, done with the help of Paul Rutan Jr. and his team at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Restoration for the film was done by hand, “frame-by-frame,” without the use of any automated software.
The film’s original score has also been remixed in a 5.1 stereo surround sound at the legendary Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin. The score features six timeless Beatles songs, including “Yellow Submarine” and “All You Need Is Love,” as well as seven orchestral accompaniments, originally recorded by the band’s late producer George Martin.
Abramorama CEO Richard Abramowitz said of the film’s return to theaters, “We’re thrilled to have the privilege of bringing Yellow Submarine back to the big screen so that three generations of happy Beatles fans can enjoy the ground-breaking animation and classic tunes that have long been part of our collective cultural DNA.”
Yellow Submarine returns to the big screen starting Sunday, April 8, across the U.K., Ireland and the U.S. Ticket sales begin on April 17. More information can be found through the Yellow Submarine website here.
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Watch a trailer for the screenings below, followed by a Paste Cloud video of Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band performing the film’s title track, and Yellow Submarine’s bright new poster. For more Beatles content, revisit Paste’s list of 10 forgotten Beatles songs right here.