Tags: Survey of Animation, Yellow Submarine, Oct 28
The movie chosen was Yellow Submarine released in 1960. The movie was produced by animation producer George Dunning that told a surreal adventure of the famous band The Beatle. The initial idea was to have the band members play as themselves in the film, but only participated in the closing scene of the movie, along with composing and performing their own songs to add to the film. The film received positive ratings from both the United Stated and the United Kingdom. The movie is credited for bringing more interest in animation as a serious form of art.
The movie shaped the movement toward comical animation to produce such shows as South Park and The Simpsons and movies like Toy Story and Sherk. The comedy element in animation has inspired other into creating comical cartoons. At first, the only funny cartoon was The Fleisher Brother studios series Popeye the Sailor Man. After animations such as Yellow Submarine, more comedy was put into carton for both children and adults.
Other movies that were released at the time of Yellow Submarine had more a more normal and less surreal story line to them. Animators were trying to appeal to adults as well as children at this time. Movies such as Fritz the Cat had story lines that could be relatable lives to those of the viewers; only the characters were animals and not humans, while Yellow Submarine was very surreal and had a psychedelic feeling in it.
The animation in this film was very surreal with many scenes, setting and characters not having much real world sense to them. The style of animation was constantly changing from style to style: limited animation, rotoscoping, and multi imaging. The scene during the song Eleanor Rigby was done by multi image sequencing, similar to the opening animations in the Monthy Python opening skits. Limited animation is also used; most scenes were recycled through the film. The rotoscoping was used to make real life movements in the dancing in the Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.