Yellow Submarine in CGI

(Update: This video has since been removed from Youtube.  Sorry.)

A Yellow Submarine theme park ride? How tacky. We already have a Yellow Submarine ride. It's called "two tabs of acid."

I would expect Robert Zemekis' CGI remake to look far better than this, but the soulless expressions would be the same. If his Yellow Submarine followed the spirit of the hand-drawn original, and became a showcase for the possibilities of the medium, then it could be good. But Hollywood has settled on two visual styles for computer animation: the plastic Toy Story look, and the gritty Transformers look. That's all, folks.

The really ironic thing is that the computer graphics revolution was spearheaded by psychedelic hippies from the '60s. The internet is a boundary-dissolving tool of the collective unconscious. The whole thing is counter-cultural subversion, really, and now it's run by billionaires in suits. Yuck. Remember what Terence McKenna said, kids: "The proponents of psychedelics have figured out that it's acceptable to this culture if you disguise it as electronic entertainment."

Well, this Yellow Submarine CGI cartoon has the "electronic" part down cold, but the "entertainment" is a flop. Zemekis' movie will still earn more money on its opening day that Ponyo will in its entire US run.

1 comment:

Chris Sobieniak said...

In all fairness, the animation in that ride video would work as a video game if nothing more (and why we haven't gotten one, I'll never know, they could put more effort into that than to remake a classic).

I guess we'll just have to wait and see what Zemeckis & Co. can do with this project, and hold our judgment until some pics or even previews come in before we can make our decisions (unless a screening of the entire thing once it's out is also necessary). I still think it would be wise not to go ahead with this at all. The 1968 original needs to be better represented through a re-issue of sorts.