The Telluride Film Festival is thrilled to launch its free Sunday at the Palm Series with a remastered version of the Beatles’ celebrated animated adventure, “Yellow Submarine.” The screening takes place Sunday, September 30, 4 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theatre for the Performing Arts.

“‘Yellow Submarine,’ arriving like a time capsule from the flower power era, with a graphic look that fuses Peter Max, Rene Magritte and M.C. Escher,” wrote Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun Times, “To borrow another useful cliche from the 1960s, it blossoms like eye candy on the screen, and with 11 songs by the Beatles it certainly has the best music track of any animated film.”

Appealing to young children and adults alike, the story follows John, Paul, George and Ringo on their adventures through Pepperland, a music-loving paradise under the sea that has come under attack by the Blue Meanies. Under the rule of the Meanies, the countryside becomes drained of all color, the flowers turn to thorns, and all of the inhabitants are miserable. With the help of Captain Fred and his yellow submarine, can our heroes, John, Paul, George and Ringo, use the power of music to save this magical land?

According to an article in the LA Times, specialists at Apple Corps Ltd. worked four months to clean every single frame by hand, opting not to use a software program because of the unique and complex nature of the hand-drawn animation.

“’Yellow Submarine’ returns to the screen as razzle-dazzle entertainment and the mother of contemporary animation,” wrote Michael Sragow of, “It comes off as less of a period piece and more of a cartoon masterpiece than it did in 1968.”

Sunday at the Palm is presented by The Telluride Film Festival, The Telluride Foundation, the Palm Theatre and the Telluride R1 School District.

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