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Yellow Submarine

142 in x of animated feature film history
Release: Jul. 17th, 1968
Country: United Kingdom
Director: George Dunning

Yellow Submarine is a 1968 British film inspired by the band The Beatles and their song ‘Yellow Submarine.’

Pepperland is a cheerful, music-loving paradise under the sea, protected by Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The titular Yellow Submarine rests on an Aztec-like pyramid on a hill. At the edge of the land is a range of high blue mountains. The land falls under a surprise attack from the music-hating Blue Meanies, who live in or beyond the blue mountains. The attack starts with magical projectiles fired from big artillery stationed in the blue mountains. The Blue Meanies seal the band inside a music-proof blue glass globe, they render the Pepperlanders immobile as statues by shooting arrows and dropping giant green apples upon them (a reference to the Apple Records music label), and drain the countryside of color. In the last minute before his capture, Pepperland’s elderly Lord Mayor sends Old Fred, an aging sailor, to get help; he runs to the Yellow Submarine and takes off in it. Old Fred travels to Liverpool, where he finds Ringo and persuades him to return to Pepperland with him. Ringo collects his ‘mates’ John, George, and finally Paul. The five journey back to Pepperland in the yellow submarine.

The film features 12 of the Beatles’ songs: ‘Yellow Submarine’, ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘All Together Now’, ‘When I’m Sixty-Four’, ‘Only a Northern Song’, ‘Nowhere Man’, ‘Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds’, ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’, ‘All You Need is Love’, ‘Hey Bulldog’, ‘It’s All Too Much’, and ‘All Together Now.’

The Beatles were not enthusiastic about participating in a new motion picture, having been dissatisfied with their second feature film, Help! (1965), directed by Richard Lester. They saw an animated film as a favorable way to complete their commitment to United Artists for a third film, however. George Dunning, who also worked on the Beatles cartoon series, was the overall director for the film, supervising over 200 artists for 11 months. The film’s surreal visual style, created by creative director Heinz Edelmann, contrasts greatly with the efforts of Disney Feature Animation and other animated films previously released by Hollywood up until the time. 

The Beatles’ animated personas were based on their appearance in the promotional film for the song ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’, with the exception of Paul being without his moustache.

Initial press reports stated that the Beatles themselves would provide their own character voices; however, aside from composing and performing the songs, the real Beatles participated only in the closing scene of the film, while their cartoon counterparts were voiced by other actors.

The film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike, in contrary to some of the Beatles’ previous film ventures. Time commented that it ‘turned into a smash hit, delighting adolescents and aesthetes alike.’

In The Beatles Anthology, released in the mid-1990s, the three surviving Beatles all admitted that they truly liked the film; regarding their initial non-participation, Harrison, who considered it a ‘classic’, later admitted that he preferred that the group did not provide their own voices, feeling that the professional voice actors captured a certain ‘cartoonish’ element far more effectively than they might have done themselves. Starr also revealed that for years he was approached by children and asked ‘Why did you press the button?’, referring to when his character curiously pressed the panic button ejecting him from the submarine into the sea of monsters. Lennon also implied that his son, Sean, first realized his father had been a Beatle because of the film. After seeing Yellow Submarine at a friend’s house at the end of the 1970s, Sean came home asking why his father was a cartoon. Harrison’s son Dhani also claims that he had no idea about his father’s past life until watching this film. As Dhani said: ‘I came home and I freaked out on my dad: ‘Why didn’t you tell me you were in The Beatles?’ And he said, 'Oh, sorry. Probably should have told you that.’”

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FIRST POSTED: 7/23/17

Arabica and Robusta: espresso

Originally posted by overnightprincess

Summary: not your usual Coffee Shop!AU

Arabica and Robusta espresso lungo


“Give me tray.” You call to nobody in particular. You are out from behind the counter, having finished sweeping floor, and now you want to clean up the tables. Wonjae is the closest to you, but she is busy with coffee order, so the one to give you the tray is Jongdae.

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Rhythm Paradise/Rhythm Heaven

Do you know those moments where you just don’t know what to play at some points? Yup, this time I have no idea what to review. So, let’s see what I’m playing right now… Oh, Rhythm Paradise… from 2009. (This review was from 2014 and usually back then, I reviewed more current games than older ones)

First off, a bit of background to this game series:

This is the sequel to “Rhythm Tengoku”. The first game was only released in Japan for the Game Boy Advance.

The very successful Japanese music producer, writer for lyrics and vocalist Mitsuo Terada or more well known as „TSUNKU♂“ visited Nintendo one day to pitch an idea for a rhythm game which won’t have any visible commands to know the rhythm. Because of the lack of a musical score they were sceptical and thought it would only appeal a small group of people. It was developed for the Game Boy Advance because of the desire of having a small screen and the portability.

(Screenshots of the Game Boy Advance game)

The game was a success and was praised everywhere. Sega ported it because of its popularity with Nintendo’s staff under the title “Rhythm Tengoku: HD Remixed Edition”.

The sequel was released 2 years later for the Nintendo DS.

Because of the integration of the touchscreen for the DS, the game only uses the touchpen. You hold the system sideways like a book and tap or flick with the stylus to the soundeffects or voices.

Flicking on the touchscreen can be a problem because the game can sometimes not notice if you just flicked or just let go. This can be a problem when you don’t know how to safely flick, especially at games where it requires from the player to constantly flick all the time.

You have to do a different task depending on the minigame. Switching between tapping in the beat and off-beat, waiting for the right time to flick, tap and flick, imitate different things in the rhythm of the beat and more.

One minigame has a farmer who pounds the ground to catch vegetables and throw away moles. You are in a choir of three in another minigame where you hold the touchpen on the screen to shut up and let go to let the player sing. And in another minigame, you’re a monkey in a group of other monkeys that cheer a singer on.

Rhythm Paradise has 50 minigames which are divided into 10 rows with 4 minigames and one special minigame, a remix, which is a compilation of past minigames.

Some games are cute, some a odd and others are crazy. The whole game is very similar to the WarioWare games which often contains minigames that made no sense either.

The game ranks you on your performance in the minigame with “Try again!”, “OK” and “Superb”.

At “Try again!” you have to repeat the minigame.

If you achieve “OK”, you can play the next minigame but you won’t earn a reward.

With “Superb”, you’ll earn 1 out of 50 medallions which can unlock new optional minigames.

Once you earn a „Superb“, it can be that the past minigame can also get another objective where you play the entire minigame again but this time, you have the objective to play the game without one single mistake. You have three tries until the objective disappears and you’ll have to wait until it appears again.

Once the objective appears and you did everything successfully, the game will reward you with either the background song, the lyrics to the song or something to read about the minigame.

The “perfect” objectives are optional though so if you don’t want to play them, you can just ignore them and move on.

And if you’re stuck at a minigame and lose 3-times in a row, you have the option to skip it by visiting the cafe.

The game has an excellent score and it always gives the player a sign when to do what. The songs often get stuck in your head, especially the songs with vocals. Each song got translated into English, German, French, Italian and Spanish.

The graphics almost always use 2D sprites but sometimes it uses 3D models that are often blocky mostly because the WarioWare games also have these kinds of 3D models.

Almost all minigames were really fun to me because they’re simple yet tough.

Even with the problems of flicking, Rhythm Paradise for the Nintendo DS is an addictive game which music lovers or WarioWare players have to check out.

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You have to give it to Rogue that even with some ..er, inconvenience. Gosh, they have done a fabulous job with J2. Not that you have to do much with already existing beauty and chemistry - you just have to capture it well.

And Jensen and Jared look amazing, no doubt. They always do. But I simply love the vibe of this photoshoot - classy, somber, sad and beautiful. Its like a glimpse into a day when there was some trouble in the usually cheerful paradise. The 2 ‘Slash’ pictures are my favorite. The way they are supporting each other so that they won’t fall … That’s very symbolic and such an apt one for these two men.

They are gorgeous men and together they just become even more ethereal. I’ll never not be in awe of how beautifully they compliment each other in every possible way.

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PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE (1974)
Ink/Inkwash on 9x12 bristol board ~ Art by Francesco Francavilla

Doing this one-a-day-all-month-long horror art thing in October leading to Halloween :)

Day 17 of FFFear brings the ROCK IN DA HOUSE and features PHOENIX from  PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE :)

Little note: this year marks the 40th anniversary of the release of this movie: lots of anniversaries this year! :)

Cheers,
FF