Nina Paley is completely spot-on with her assessment of Yellow Submarine. She also brings up a point that's dear to her heart, the state of corporate copyright law. How many of us grew up watching movies and cartoons that were on tv for free, playing endlessly? One generation's flops became the next generation's classics. Now that big money's involved in everything, these works are locked in vaults and hidden away. Does that make any sense?
You can't watch Bugs Bunny cartoons on tv for free anymore. That alone should tell you something's wrong. Anyway, here's what Nina Paley said at Cartoon Brew today:
Yellow Submarine is one of my favorite films, which is saying a lot because the story is pretty lame. But the design makes up for it 1,000%. THE DESIGN. So they’re going to remake it without the one thing that makes it brilliant: the design.
Fortunately the original will still exist. I just wish it were more accessible. It’s very rare to see the Yellow Submarine these days, not because of real scarcity but because of distribution monopolies. My Parsons students have never seen it. In my generation everyone saw it, because it was a box office flop and therefore cheap to broadcast on TV. We all loved it, because we could see it, because its corporate owners didn’t think it was valuable. Then it became valuable because we loved it, so its corporate owners locked it up, so they could sell it to Zemeckis and Disney.
This remake is brought to you by information monopolies. Enjoy.