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Learning from Movies: Yellow Submarine

I have a tough time watching this movie as an adult.

The Beatles only cooperated with it to complete their movie contract, as they hated the animated television series from the same producer and director (Al Brodax and George Dunning).

As an adult, I can tell that The Beatles didn’t contribute their own voices (Peter Batten voiced George for most of the film, but was arrested as a deserter from the British Army and Paul Angelis had to finish the part).

Most of the songs were old in 1968, and they only contributed 4 hastily produced numbers (Only a Northern Song, Hey Bulldog, All Together Now, and It’s All Too Much) to the film.

Ironically, three of those are favorites in our house.

The finished product won over the group, though, and they agreed to film the live-action epilogue.

If they could accept it, I can keep watching it.

Inspiration and lessons after the break.

  • “Lay” and “Lie” are tricky
  • Doing nothing in the face of aggressive change is a recipe for disaster
  • Even Pepperland, a place of love and positive energy, needs willing defenders
  • My dear friend… let us not forget that heaven is blue.
  • Blue Meanies have six fingers on each hand. Count Rugen had six fingers on his right hand. Coincidence?
  • “H” for “Hurry,” “E” for “‘Ergent,'” “L” for “Love me,” and “P” for “P-P-P-Please help!”
  • It’s all in the mind.
  • Even Paul McCartney wondered if someone would love him when he got old
  • If you think the harmony is a little dark and out of key, maybe they’re doing it on purpose. If we don’t challenge ourselves and push boundaries, nothing ever changes.
  • A group of more than two Cyclops is called a Cyclopedia
  • If I spoke prose you’d all find out / I don’t know what I talk about.
  • So little time! So much to know!
  • Even holes have uses
  • We all need a little help from our friends, sometimes
  • Nothing is Beatle-proof!
  • Even a Boob of a Nowhere Man can turn out to be Somebody
  • Yes! Ah, yes is a word with a glorious ring! A true universal utopious thing! Engenders embracing and chasing of blues, the very best word for the whole world to use!

All you need is love – and half a hole, a motor, some friends, and a song.

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