This year, being the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine LP and animated film, we’ll see some official Apple-backed activities to mark the occasion.
There’s to be a new graphic novel adaptation of the film story from comic-book artist, writer and editor Bill Morrison. This will be released on August 7 and is available for pre-order now from Amazon US and Amazon UK. See more on the background to the book here. Also, The Beatles official site today also announced that, in the UK and Ireland at least, Yellow Submarine will be making a return to cinemas for one day only. It’s planned to show the film in multiple locations on July 8. Tickets go on sale from April 17. More details about this here – and you can keep up with the event on a new Yellow Submarine Film Facebook page.
Meanwhile, at the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, the Pro-Ject turntable company leaked some teaser vision of their latest collaboration with Apple – a Yellow Submarine themed turntable:
The company has already issued two Sgt. Pepper turntables (in Drum and Limited Edition versions); a Beatles 1964-themed player; plus a George Harrison commemorative model. No further details about availability or pricing of the Yellow Submarine model are available yet.
I do remember coming up with some ideas for the film’s 50th anniversary and those are what I’ve come up with:
1. Re-release the movie in theaters (well, that came true but only for UK fans)
2. Make a theme park ride based on the movie
3. Make a good comic based on the movie (has to have HILARIOUS moments and perhaps singing would be good too) That came true as well and I wonder what Bill Morrison’s gonna do with it
4. Re-release the scene that was shown in the American version and on the 1987 VHS (the scene where a part of Baby You’re a Rich Man plays and Paulie shows “BEATLES TO BATTLE!”)
5. Make Happy Meal toys based on the movie (but no lead, lead is dangerous for kids)
6. Make a FULL LENGTH documentary based on the movie
Hopefully there will be more 50th anniversary stuff during this year
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Let’s start doing the screening worldwide, ok? x
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