I remember going with my parents to visit some friends of theirs when I was seven. Not having children, they didn’t have much in the way of kid’s entertainment, and brought out an old copy of the original Yellow Submarine. I got about half way through before the weirdness overwhelmed me and I ran from the room. The original is up there for me with Watershed Down in the “cartoons that’ll mess kids up” category, but unlike the story of lil’ bunnies brutally attacked, the Beatles’ cartoon makes the list for sheer uncomfortable strangeness, rather than dark subject matter.
Showing no regard whatsoever for my personal feelings about Yellow Submarine, director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future, Forrest Gump) is going ahead with the remake and has just cast Cary Elwes, Dean Lennox Kelly, Peter Serafinowicz and Adam Campbell as the boys from Liverpool who felt bigger than Jesus. Heat Vision Blog reported the news.
So let’s match some names to faces and faces to their corresponding Beatle. Cary Elwes (if you don’t immediately associate him with “As yoooouuu wiiiiisshhhhh….” in The Princess Bride, you don’t know what love is) will play George Harrison; Dean Lennox Kelly (Being Human, Collision) will play John Lennon; Peter Serafinowicz (Shaun of the Dead, Run Fatboy Run) will play Paul McCartney; and Adam Campbell (Date Movie, Epic Movie) will play Ringo Starr. Done.
Zemeckis is remaking the film in the 3D performance-capture style (look no further than his recent films A Christmas Carol and Beowulf for examples). Many lamented his decisions to use the technique in the past, but it might be just the thing for a world filled with Blue Meanies, Giant Hands and Englishmen. Really, if any source material calls for the “almost real but not quite” feel of 3D-performance capture, it’s Yellow Submarine.
Yellow Submarine is set for a 2012 release.