Set in the psychedelic paradise of Pepperland, Yellow Submarine (1968) pits Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band against the Blue Meanies, enemies of fun and music. Director George Dunning and art director Heinz Eidelmann employ a constantly-shifting array of ’60s pop art settings in this revolutionary animated feature, which has inspired directors ranging from Terry Gilliam to John Lasseter. On its 50th anniversary, the film retains its ability to dazzle from its opening scene to the sing-a-long final credits.
Artist and writer Bill Morrison and colorist Nathan Kane (The Beatles Yellow Submarine graphic novel) joined moderator Joe Palladino (Film and Media Studies, UCSB) for a post-screening discussion.
Writer/Graphic Novelist Bill Morrison
Bill Morrison is a comic book artist and writer, co-founder of Bongo Comics (with Matt Groening and Steve and Cindy Vance), and former editor of MAD Magazine. He has worked as an illustrator for The Simpsons and as Art Director for Futurama. His recent work includes a 50th anniversary graphic novel adaptation of Yellow Submarine (2018).
Colorist Nathan Kane
Nathan Kane has been working around comics and animation his entire adult life. Starting his career as a colorist, Nathan has also worked as a writer, art director, illustrator, and editor. Creative Director of Bongo Comics since 2012, he’s helped into print over 500 issues and is currently producing a comic book based on the Netflix series Disenchantment.
Moderator Joe Palladino
Joe Palladino has been the Academic Advisor of the UCSB Film and Media Studies Department since 1996. He is the founder of Word Farm, a three-day screenwriting camp now well into its second decade. He serves as the advisor for Reel Loud Film Festival, Focus Media Journal, Graphic Voices, and Women in Media. He has served as the moderator of past the Pollock Theater’s Q&As including Trouble with Tribbles and 1941. His short film The Secret Ingredient played in the 2013 Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
This event is sponsored by the Carsey-Wolf Center, the Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Music (CISM), and KCSB-FM.
When the Beatles burst onto the musical scene in the early 1960s, they reflected the era’s great idealism and its frenzy of political protest and debate, producing music that would become synonymous with the decade itself. The CWC’s winter series Beatles Revolutions examines the ways in which the band was central to broader revolutions in music, culture, and politics. The series spans documentary, animation, and fictionalized versions of the Beatles’ lives, and will feature distinguished guests who have written about, toured with, and produced music for the Beatles.