Monday, April 16, 2012

Yellow Submarine (1968), George Dunning

This review will be critically analysing animated movie "Yellow Submarine" directed by George Dunning. It is completely surreal and doesn't care about any rules of logic. This submission is based on Roger Ebert's, Michael Sragow's and Wesley Morris' reviews.

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This movie has the least interest to realistic in any way. Bright colors and very simplistic drawings reminds hippie drawing style .Roger Ebert Gives a good example: "Unfortunately, most animated cartoon makers are content to reproduce the real world. So there's a recognizable jungle in "The Jungle Book," and Tom and Jerry chase each other through an unmistakable living room. The beauty of "Yellow Submarine" is that it casts this objective universe aside and sails in a world of pure fantasy." (Chicago sun Times, December 2, 1968). It is really nice that it goes in such an expressive way, but on the other hand ignoring all of the rules of reality sometimes might seem as just a bad quality, lazy work. Probably the reason of doing that was just to mess with audiences heads, but it couldn't do it properly, it seemed very childish and just unprofessional.

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Some people like movie critic Michael Sragow might see as a very inspirational and original movie. He says: "As always, what director George Dunning and designer Heinz Edelmann do with the material makes the film an undiluted delight. It isn’t the pop sitar and bell-bottoms and giddy dorm-room graphics that ring an audience’s bells. It’s the filmmakers’ bottomless well of inspiration." (Salon Reviews, September 2, 1999). In other words this movie is very much about its time and pop culture back then. Music is the thing that drives the whole movie, but apparently it is the only good thing in it. It seems like one of those failed movies supporting music albums and the only one that didn't seemed to fail that much was just Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (1982). The only good thing about it is just that is is one of the first attempts to support music through different media like cinema and television.

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Even though it is hard to want to remember it again it just stays in your mind. Wesley Morris explains: "I didn't have a word for what that was, neither did my psyche, which, I suppose, is why "Yellow Submarine" stayed tucked away in that tiny, horrified corner of my mind where things that defy articulation lay dormant until language finds and reanimates them." (San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 1999). It is just really bad. Sometimes pointless movies are fun, but there was no fun watching this. It looks even childish when they run around in those endless corridors and kind find each other almost like in "Scooby-Doo".

All in al it is hard to grasp the humour in this movie and it doesn't seem to have much worth in it at all. Yes, it is The Beatles movie, but they probably just should have sticked to their music. Anyway it is a heritage that might have inspired some artist and it probably deserves some respect.


2) Michael Sragow (Salon Reviews, September 2, 1999):

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