Yellow Submarine

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Last Friday night, Kelly and I attended the Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra‘s tribute to The Beatles.

I thought it was a good performance, but without singing (the orchestra played the vocal lines) the conductor elicited crowd participation on the form of clapping (ok), whistling (borderline), and singing (I didn’t pay to hear people who think they can sing sing). The definite standout for me was Elenor Rigby, simply because it’s one of my favourite Beatles songs, but also because the song itself is all orchestral so it translated perfectly.

The event information called for attendees to dress up for the Beatles era. Living in KL with the group of friends we have, we’re no strangers to dressing up. For this occasion Kelly wore a newly-acquired flower-power-esque dress and boots. I don’t own anything vaguely resembling the 60s/70s, so I wore all black (surprise) but accented my attire with four of my Beatles Yellow Submarine figurines. Yes, I brought them with us to Malaysia! In truth, I’d forgotten I had them until about a year ago when Kelly made the discovery while looking for something else in our unpacked boxes.

I’m a big fan of the Yellow Submarine animated film, more so than The Beatles themselves. My cousins and I watched this in video countless times when we were young. It’s equally colourful, imaginative, and bizarre, and completely wonderful. (I’m sure the directors/animators were munching a steady diet of hallucinogens at the time of production). I don’t doubt this film had some part in steering me towards a graphic design career. If you haven’t seen the film it can be viewed in full on YouTube.

When I grew older, and started earning some money, I found that McFarlane toys had released two series’ of Yellow Submarine figures. Naturally I had to have them. The full set wasn’t hard to put together from eBay, and luckily it didn’t cost an arm or a leg. While I had the figures unpacked and out in the open, I decided to shoot them for your viewing pleasure. Enjoy!

My set of figures came with a bonus wife. Did you spot her?


In an uncanny coincidence, six days ago the official Beatles website announced a DVD/Blu-Ray version of The Yellow Submarine, in May 2012!

Currently out of print, the film has been restored in 4K digital resolution for the first time by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.

I don’t have a Blu-Ray player at all, so I will purchase the DVD and download the Blu-Ray rip for playback at home :)