Yellow Submarine

  • Review Date: January 13, 2004
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1968
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Beatles classic with great animation, music.
  • Review Date: January 13, 2004
  • Rated: G
  • Genre: Family and Kids
  • Release Year: 1968
  • Running Time: 90 minutes

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Quality(i)

 

What parents need to know

Positive messages
Not applicable
Violence & scariness

Very mild peril

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although rumors suggest that songs like "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" are veiled references to drugs and the animation sometimes has a psychedelic look, there is nothing that remotely approaches drug or alcohol use of any kind. The violence is extremely mild, especially by cartoon standards. The Meanies take over by "bonking" people with green apples.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

All is peace, love, and music in gentle Pepperland until the wicked Blue Meanies take over. The Beatles come to the rescue via the title vessel, meeting all kinds of strange and interesting characters along the way.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

YELLOW SUBMARINE is a pleasure for the eye, ear, and heart, featuring spectacular animation, gorgeous music (including the title song, "When I'm 64," "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," "All Together Now" and the lovely "Sea of Time," written by longtime Beatle collaborator George Martin), witty wordplay (lots of puns and some sly political satire), and a sweet story with a nonviolent happy ending.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the different ways to interpret this movie -- do you think there are hidden messages? Why do you think the Beatles wanted to make this movie?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:November 13, 1968
DVD release date:September 14, 1999
Cast:John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Director:George Dunning
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Family and Kids
Topics:Music and sing-along
Run time:90 minutes
MPAA rating:G

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Teen, 15 years old Written byHTFMime February 23, 2011
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5
QUALITY
 

I saw this movie back in 2001 with my dad when I was in preschool!

When I was in preschool I saw this movie with my dad and I liked it, and actually I kinda disagree with the kid reviewer below me it isn't that violent and scary because my dad was with me when I watched it and when the villain (The blue meanie) came out my dad hold my hand. I would recommend this movie to kids who are 5 over because it has no gore, bad messages, bad words, drama, drugs, sex and other kinda of adult stuff that children should not be hearing and seeing.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Educator and Parent of a 10 year old Written bywillowfaierie January 10, 2010
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

This song is not bad

Lucy in the Sky is not about drugs, it's about McCartney's love interest, who died 2008.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Adult Written byKaterz April 9, 2008
AGE
2
QUALITY
 

Unexpected kid favorite!

Who knew this rather bizarre, Peter-Max inspired cartoon would grab the attention of my 4-year-old?!? I was delighted when he took an interest in this movie, which is great fun for grown-ups, too. There are a couple scenes that bothered him that we fast-forwarded thru - one where a Frankenstein-type fellow morphs into John, and another where a lady is screaming. But no real peril or danger here, Mates.

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