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'Yellow Submarine' is back, even better

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The Beatles "Yellow Submarine" is a 1968 animated musical fantasy film based on the music of The Beatles that has recently been restored and is now making a brief comeback in theaters starting May 10, 2012. Credit: D and E Entertainment/

It's Beatlemania all over again these days. A documentary on the band's first U.S. concert is set to appear later this summer, and next month there will be two lectures on Beatles albums at Huntington's Cinema Arts Centre and a rock-art show at Deer Park's Tanger Outlets at the Arches featuring an appearance by Ron Campbell, an animator on "Yellow Submarine."

That classic cartoon from 1968 also begins a local theatrical run this week.

But this "Yellow Submarine" may not be the one you remember. It still features the Blue Meanies, the Nowhere Man and all the characters that have made the movie such an enduring favorite. But it's also digitally remastered with added footage that Americans didn't see when it first arrived in theaters nearly 35 years ago.

On June 4, "Yellow Submarine" will be released on Blu-ray and DVD with such bonus features as the original trailer, audio commentary by producer John Coates and a short making-of documentary titled "Mod Odyssey." The film's soundtrack also will be released on CD.

There may be a few other things you don't know about this famous Beatles film. Here's a short quiz to test your "Yellow Submarine" knowledge.

Who wrote the title song?

Paul McCartney, of course, with help from John Lennon. But Scottish troubadour (and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee) Donovan contributed these crucial words: "Sky of blue and sea of green / In our yellow submarine." Donovan modestly called it "not the most earth-shattering couplet in the world," though it now seems like the song's signature lyric.

Who created the movie's famous look?

The bold lines and psychedelic colors are often erroneously credited to the pop artist Peter Max. But the film's art director was Heinz Edelmann, a Czech-German graphic designer then well known in Europe. Max's similar-looking posters may have served as inspiration; he has said that Lennon initially asked him to work on the film.

Who played The Beatles?

The songs were theirs, but the voices came from actors: Geoffrey Hughes as McCartney, John Clive as Lennon and Paul Angelis as Ringo Starr. Peter Batten played George Harrison until he was arrested as a British Army deserter during production and then virtually vanished. Angelis also played Harrison.

Who wrote the script?

The story reportedly came from a writer named Lee Minoff, but the handful of screenwriters included future "Love Story" novelist Erich Segal. The movie's many puns and British witticisms are widely credited to poet Roger McGough.

What happened to "Hey Bulldog?"

It's here! An animated sequence for this hard-charging, piano-driven track reportedly appeared in the U.K. film version, but was later deleted to quicken the film's pacing. A 1999 rerelease restored the footage.

WHAT "Yellow Submarine"

WHEN | WHERE Friday through May 31 at Cinema Arts Centre, 423 Park Ave., Huntington

INFO $11; for times call 631-423- 7611 or go to cinemaartscentre.org.

 

An e-book that singes and moves

Beatles fans who dug the classic 1968 "Yellow Submarine" cartoon can now hop aboard their iPhones and iPads to revisit the adventure.

Now available as an e-book through Apple's iBooks store, "Yellow Submarine" tries to recapture the fun and whimsy of the movie by taking you on a journey through the magical paradise of Pepperland.

Much more than just another static e-book, "Yellow Submarine" is an interactive ride, complete with full-color illustrations, animations, video clips and music from the film.

Viewing the book page by page reveals many familiar scenes and characters, often animated. Sometimes the characters move by themselves, or tapping on a certain character causes it to move or laugh or change colors unexpectedly.

-- CNET

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