Art of Yellow Submarine

The Beatles: Yellow Submarine is an animation movie produced by United Artists and King Features Syndicate, directed by George Dunning in 1968. The original story was written by Lee Minoff, based on the song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the screenplay penned by four collaborators including Erich Segal. The film received widespread acclaim from critics and audiences alike and it has also been credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form. The pictures on this page are a collection of artworks created for this movie.


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, and drain the countryside of colour..