In news that will sure to make fans of classic rock happy, Yellow Submarine by the Beatles is scheduled to return to theaters later this summer. Marking the 50th anniversary of the animated musical, Yellow Submarine will be back in theaters starting July 8. The film has been painstakingly restored to 4k digital resolution, with graphic artists not using any software in the restoration process and working on each frame by hand. Mix engineer Peter Cobbin additionally restored the film’s soundtrack to 5.1 stereo surround at the world-renowned Abbey Road Studios.
Yellow Submarine features the Fab Four embarking on a psychedelic adventure to save the undersea kingdom of Pepperland. Directed by George Dunning, the Beatles themselves did not actually voice their characters in Yellow Submarine but do appear in the soundtrack and live-action sequence that closes the film. Upon its release, the film garnered near universal acclaim, both for its soundtrack and Pop-Art style. Currently, the film holds a 96% approval rating on film website Rotten Tomatoes.
While Yellow Submarine is famous for its animated sequences, its soundtrack remains one of the most famous soundtracks in history, with Beatles standouts “All You Need is Love,” “Only a Northern Song,” and, of course, “Yellow Submarine” included in the film. The soundtrack was even nominated for a Grammy Award in 1970 for Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or a Television Special.
In addition to re-releasing the film, the Beatles’ Apple Corp Ltd. plans other ways of celebrating the film’s 50th anniversary. In partnership with Titan Comics, a comic book adaptation of the musical is scheduled for release later this year, with MAD Magazine editor Bill Morrison leading the project.