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The Beatles’ Animated Classic ‘Yellow Submarine’ to Be Rereleased to Theaters — But Some Fans May Not Appreciate the New Enhancements

Jun 29, 2018  •  Post A Comment

The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” will be back in theaters next month in a new version that may not sit well with some Beatles fans. Deadline reports that the release by Abramorama comes as the 1968 animated classic marks its 50th anniversary.

“Helpfully, the film will have the bouncing ball-style lyrics at the bottom of the screen for the first time, allowing audiences to sing along,” Deadline reports, adding: “Is it too much to imagine that most people would remember the lyrics to such Beatles classics featured in the movie from the title song to ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘When I’m Sixty-Four,’ ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’ and ‘All You Need Is Love’?”

The new enhancements appear to be part of an effort to reach new fans. “The hope is to make the tunes more accessible to a younger generation to discover the songs by Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr,” Deadline notes.


  1. Ugh. Don’t want to go to a sing along of Yellow Submarine. It’s a film, not karaoke night at the cinema house.

  2. It would be one thing if this was for a viewer selectable feature of a home theater release on DVD or Blu-ray. But for a theatrical release, count me out. This crap is what kept me from ever seeing Rocky Horror Picture Show in a theater. I want to watch a movie, not participate in a sing-a-long.

    • ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW isn’t a sing-a-long and doesn’t feature the lyrics on-screen. That phenomenon was more like audience participation performance art. No Special Feature on a home video release, regardless of how well it’s done, can compare to that live experience.

  3. Oh come on you old farts lighten up…sheesh

  4. I hate this film, so I don’t care what they do to it.

  5. i love the music but dont care for the cartoon.

  6. Unfortunately, many of the lyrics to the songs in this film are among the Beatles’ weakest. If this were a film based on music from almost any “real” Beatle album, I’d say the on-screen lyrics would be a great way to show young people that not every song has to include the line “I want to touch yo bah-dayyy.” However, with the exception of “All You Need Is Love,” “Eleanor Rigby,” and maybe a few others, much of the music in Yellow Submarine was throw-away stuff, some of which was cranked out during toilet breaks. I think the bouncy-ball lyrics will be more of a distraction than anything else.

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