John, Paul, George & Lupin

Since I devoted my big Wednesday post to The Beatles, here's a clever way to work myself back to the main course.  I want you to take a look at this screenshot from Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro.  Am I the only one who sees this as a direct homage to the 1969 Beatles LP, Hey Jude?  Maybe I'm reading too much into this, but if that's the truth, then I'm overreaching on most topics on this blog.

I say the hat on the statue is a tribute to The Beatles.  Who's with me?

P.S. Is there any specific reason why Hey Jude was not accepted into Beatles canon?  Did it seem too close to the Capitol records which reshuffled the UK albums with other singles?  Or was it the double punch of the Red & Blue and Past Masters albums?


El Proyecto Avatar said...

First of all pardon my english, my mother language is spanish. Second,
I think that you may have step on to something, it does look too familiar. While im not knowledgeable on Miyasaki's San taste in music, this does look like a little nudge to them. Anyway, stumble up onto your blog not so long ago, great job!

hjg said...

About Lupin III, and the atention that Miyazaki pays to details, a curiosity: I was watching it recently, and this (the inspector holding the false money) brought me to pause the video: hey, isn't that guy Belgrano? I thought (Manuel Belgrano is one of the national heroes of my country, Argentina). I checked, and yes, that were a argentine banknotes; some text -"BANCO CENTRAL / REPUBLICA ARGENTINA"- is visible; the amount was changed, though.

Stephanie said...

This is totally unrelated but you've made no Ponyo posts lately!
I was complaining earlier that they weren't showing it in my area... well we found out they finally started showing it at one of the 2 theatres in town! :) So my girlfriend and I went to see it last night. It was the late showing and only one other couple was there, but we're going to go back and hopefully bring friends. I wonder if it's spreading out into other areas too?

Toongirl said...

Thanks for your support of Ponyo, Stephanie! I too vote for more posts on Ponyo or any other Ghibli film.

Sean L. said...

...It's been a week since this post!

Where did you go, Daniel? :/ My life is sorely lacking in Ghibliness.

Chris Sobieniak said...

Bothering to stick on yet another thought I just had about all this, Beatles-related and all, they should've given the same treatment to the movies as they had the albums. My coo-coo idea would be this, plan a day sometime this year where a cinema in town would have a matinee of all the movies played in their entirety as a marathon. It would've been the coolest and profit-making gimmick that sadly is being missed.

Those films again were...
1. A Hard Day's Night
2. Help!
3. The Magical Mystery Tour
4. Yellow Submarine
5. Let It Be

In between the films they could have these intermission scenes where they probably just play a whole record of one of their albums for 20-30 minutes while you're waiting for the next film to come up (or buying more popcorn or screwing around in the bathroom).

I hate having good ideas!

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