5 December 2013
If I were King for a day, and I could have a Beatles wish come true. One thing, I think they could actually do, with today’s technology, is create a new animated Beatles film of high quality. Sort of a cross between Yellow Submarine and Hard Day’s Night.
What I would hope for, besides great animation. Instead of hiring actors to do the dialogue as they did for Yellow Submarine , I wonder, I believe, they could edit various Beatles Interviews, Lennon’s poetry Readings, Beatles skits, Some of the skits in the Beatles Christmas records, like Felpin Mansions, Plenty Of Jam Jars, Podgie the Bear and Jasper, and somehow edit all that into a coherent madcap Beatles adventure,
Crazy Idea? I don’t think so. Nor do I expect to see it in my lifetime.But it’s very doable, would make a lot of money, and would actually have that clever Beatles Liverpudlian humor instead of paid voice actors. Provided you could find enough dialogue and edit it into some kind of coherent form.
What about the music? well There are a few unheard things in the vaults, supposedly a Beatles rendition of Sour Milk Sea could be put together with a Harrison lead vocal. Carnival Of Light , or a portion of it. Supposedly the third reunion song Now and then, sounds very spiffy and cool now. having been finished fairly recently. I’d like to see something like that. Or you could just take a Beatles album that the Beatles never featured in one of their films.Say ten songs from the White Album or whichever. I heard they found a version of the Beatles doing Tip Of My Tongue, I don’t know if that is true.
Anyway, I have no expectation Universal or Apple would do something cool like that. I think I got this idea when I read Robert Zemeckis was planning a remake of Yellow Submarine , but it was canceled when Zemeckis (then current) film bombed at the box office, whatever movie that was. I thought Yellow Submarine is already great, why not make a new film using the Beatles actual voices, and some fresh music no one has ever heard.
But instead, we will get Beatles BBC On the Air, on the stage, at home (The demos), In the studio, having lunch, taking tea..Which would be ok, except I wonder if all the material Universal issues is already in the hands of 98 percent of us here on these forums. If they actually release stuff we haven’t heard, well that would be ok.