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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

Pray for Marawi, Philippines

As I write this post, Marawi City in the Philippines is being besieged, burned, and taken over by Maute group*.

Colleges are being burned
Firetrucks have been overtaken
Hospital staff are hostages
Women are being taken
Soldiers are being shot at
Some have already been critically injured
Exits are being blocked

*erratum – previously cited as ISIS; corrected to reflect that the real group responsible is reported to be Maute group (an unrelated group to the MILF or ISIS)

(ATM. WE ARE NOT OKAY HERE!! Let’s be true and not fool the media about what’s happening atm to our place. There are things burning in the town and we’re not hearing any Fire truck sirens or what. And now lights are out and were hearing gunshots again. May God be with us through this hardships.)

(updates from our friend in marawi…

the city jail was burned
Dansalan College was burned
The church near Barangay Paypay was burned
isis is all over marawi
there’s a brownout right now
took over the fire station in Rizal)

The Price We Pay

A thought occurred to me when I saw the BBC headline this morning of the Queen and Prince William visiting the area of the Grenfell tower fire. A fire that has left 17 people confirmed dead with 76 missing.

Buckingham Palace: Receives £370m for refurbishment.

Grenfell Tower: Doesn’t receive £300,000 for a sprinkler system.

As pointed out by numerous voices, one example being Aamer Anwar, these people died because they were poor. They continually raised awareness that fire alarms didn’t work and lifts repeatedly stopped.

People jumped.

People who were on the lower floors hurled whatever they could at windows to try and wake people up. They are at outside the incident now wondering whether they should have bothered as they think it would have been better if their neighbours had died from smoke inhalation in their sleep rather than in a panic to escape.

Aamer Anwar, human rights lawyer and current rector of Glasgow University, has said that a government inquiry is not good enough as it allows the government to set the parameters. He pointed out examples like the Hillsborough disaster and Bloody Sunday and how the government continually white washes these to make no one, especially the government, look at fault.

He wants an independent inquiry and a criminal investigation. This happened as a result of Tory austerity and cuts to both social housing and to the emergency services. That blood is on their hands.

When Boris Johnson was mayor of London he oversaw the closures of dozens of fire stations. We had Labour leader to Tony Blair, John McTernan, saying that ‘Only 2% of a fireman’s time is spent fighting fires.’ You cannot afford to cut emergency services to save a quick buck. Austerity does not work.

According to Akala, rapper and poet, rich people living nearby complained that the tower block was an eyesore and urged a refurbishment. This refurbishment results in 'pretty panels’ being placed on the outside, according to Aamer Anwar these panels assisted the fire.

https://www.google.co.uk/amp/www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/akala-grenfell-tower-fire-people-died-poor-london-rapper-block-flats-deaths-kensington-a7790906.html%3Famp

This is an absolute tragedy and it exposes the utter corruption at the heart of government and in Tory austerity policy. Like Anwar, we fucking hope it ends in criminal charges.

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“What the hell is wrong with you two” - Patty when she walks in on them half-naked with a fire burning on the floor, probably.

GTA AU where Gavin and Ryan don’t know each other but accidently add each other on snapchat and end up in a competition of who can commit the most outrageous crime.

Gavin posts a snap on his story hijacking a truck full of raybans so Ryan one-ups him by posting a picture of himself wearing five Gucci belts next to a delivery truck.

Gavin snaps a picture posing next to a cop he’s handcuffed to his car, so Ryan posts of a picture of the entire LSPD chained to their desks.

Gavin steals a fire truck so Ryan posts a video of the fire station set on fire with his maniacal laughter in the background.

Gavin posts a selfie from the back of a cop car with the crying emoji over his face, and half an hour later Ryan adds a video to his story of him and Gavin driving down Chiliad as a police helicopter circles them.

A watercolour illustration for a book called 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」(Famous Architecture Daydream Illustrations) featuring 20 illustrators painting famous, but no longer existing architecture marvels.


I painted a wooden fire station that was located in Aomori prefecture, build in 1920 inspired by Russian architecture, and demolished in 1982. Using old photos and plans as references I tried to depict the building and a fresh, late spring day using bright, saturated colours while staying true to the original building’s shape, details and colours.


20人のイラストレーターの作品をフィーチャーしている「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」のために描いた水彩イラストです。

僕が担当したのはもともと青森県にあった木材建築の「八戸荒町消防屯所」です。ロシア正教の屋根に影響されたデザインの建物でしたが1982年に取り壊されたため、今残っている古い写真や間取りを参考に本物へ近づけるよう想像して描きました。

Technical details:

  • Lines: mitsu-bishi pencils from HB to 8B
  • Colors: Shmincke and Winsor and Newton watercolours

  • Paper:  300g/㎡ Holbein SAUNDERS cold press F4 size

技術的詳細 

  • 線画 ー MITSU-BISHI HB〜8B
  • 鉛筆色 ー SCHMINCKE と WINSOR AND NEWTON

  • 水彩紙 ー 300g/㎡ Holbein  ナチュラル   水彩紙 中性紙   中目


Book details:

Tittle: 「名建築の空想イラスト図鑑」

Publisher: X-Knowledge エクスナレッジ

Language: Japanese 日本語

ISBN-10: 476782298X ISBN-13: 978-4767822983

Dimensions: 10.1 x 7.2 x 0.7 inches

Amazon jp link: https://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/476782298X

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Rob Mallet-Stevens. Album “A Modern City”, 1922. Pochoir coloured plates. London, Benn Brothers, Via Nosbüsch-Stucke

“In 1911, he began publishing pochoir drawings of modern villas and other buildings in a geometric style influenced by Josef Hoffmann, Frank Lloyd Wright and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. These led to the influential album. Unlike Le Corbusier, Mallet-Stevens had no interest in radicalizing the urban plan. He simply took each of the standard buildings of the modern town, from the fire station to the individual house, and applied a ‘modern’ style to it. It is possible, however, that these illustrations proved much more influential for contemporary architects than Le Corbusier’s austere urban and architectural projects.” (Charlotte Benton, Art Deco 1910-1939, V&A)

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Arashi’s performance “Tsunagu”

Source: Music Station 2017.06.23