London’s critics today gave a mixed greeting to the latest film about the Beatles – a 90-minute animated cartoon called “The Beatles: Yellow Submarine”, which had its world premiere at the London Pavilion tonight.
London's critics today gave a mixed greeting to the latest film about the Beatles - a 90-minute animated cartoon called "The Beatles: Yellow Submarine", which had it world premiere at the London Pavilion tonight.
The film is based on one of the Beatles's top-selling records - "We All Live In A Yellow Submarine" - and follows a thin story line with sequences of imagination fantasy. The real voice of the Beatles - John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr - are dubbed over the antics of their cartoon characters.
The idea for the cartoon began with American Producer Al Brodax, who submitted several drafts to the Beatles before he interested them. Many of the critics hailed the brilliance of the animation in the film, which contains four brand new Beatles numbers together with eight old classics. One of the older songs – “When I’m Sixty Four” – is the soundtrack to the clip we have reproduced.
The premiere, which drew large crowds to watch the arrival of the stars, was attended by all four Beatles and by leading model Twiggy, who last night announced her engagement to her manager, Justin De Villenueve.