“Sky of blue, sea of green.”
Does it sound so familiar because, after all, there is a sky of blue, and a sea of green? Or did it ‘sing’ itself right into your head? Just one more line and you’ll be right back in ‘our’ yellow submarine.
And as Paul, the song’s author, said, regardless of who insisted otherwise, it was all just a bit of nonsense – nothing more than a ditty for Ringo to sing, a child’s plaything. In fact, even the line you now remember so well wasn’t his – that 6 word see-saw was Donovan’s. In fact it is, officially, classified as ‘Children’s Music’ by people who know of genres (“a shared tradition or set of conventions”) and such things.
If you’re my age, you may have first heard it on the radio in the summer of ’66. Went straight from the bottom of the sea to the top of the charts.
By 1968, the song was transformed into an ‘animated musical fantasy comedy’ film (It’s all in the mind, y’know!) lighting up theater screens in the UK. And it was a hit!
To be clear, though, the idea of making a film based on the song was not theirs and making a feature-length cartoon of even less interest.
Surprised? Well, think back a moment… they hadn’t been keen on all the work and time their films involved, and they certainly weren’t impressed with their cartoon series. (Is this news to you? I’ll put a link in at the bottom.)
So, what happened? Well, after much badgering ‘the Beatles’ (tho John, George, and Ringo were otherwise occupied) met with a writer associated with the cartoon series. It seems that Paul – their sole representative – would only greenlight the animated film if it had a monster and no demand of his time.
So… long story made short – about 4 months after it premiered in their ‘hometown’, on November 13th, it crossed the pond and premiered on our shores. Not quite 2 weeks later – that’s 50 years ago – there was good reason to put this on our Front Page – the film ‘starred’ our favorite group, and it was their tunes from start to finish… and it was a hit here, too!
(Here’s that LINK!