Friday, 12 January 2018

The Beatles as actors


FILMS WITH THE REAL BEATLES

This blog is dedicated to the Beatles (as band and solos) as actors in movies and TV sketches (TV commercials included). I omitted music videos from this collection and concentrated on other things. But, to avoid ignoring the whole music video scene, here’s a list of videos featuring a sort of acting (not just playing and singing):
  • Day Tripper (Ringo’s sawing off the bars)
  • Goodnight Vienna (Ringo Starr)
  • The Frog Song (Paul McCartney)
  • The Chess Game (John & Yoko)
  • This Song (George Harrison)
  • Crackerbox Palace (George Harrison)
  • When We Was Fab (George Harrison)
  • Ding Dong, Ding Dong (George Harrison) 
  • Pipes of Peace (Paul McCartney)
  • Wonderful Christmastime (Paul McCartney)
  • Waterfalls (Paul McCartney)
  • This One (Paul McCartney)
  • Appreciated (Paul McCartney)
  • My Valentine (Paul McCartney)
  • Only You (And You Alone) (Ringo Starr)
  • You Don't Know Me at All (Ringo Starr)
  • Stop and Take Time to Smell the Rose (Ringo Starr)
  • Act Naturally (Ringo Starr with Buck Owens)
MAIN COLLECTION VIDEO



I'm sure that many of you enjoyed a lot certain scenes and would love to see the whole movie. Well, the SgtPepperChannel cares about you, and has already provided this blog with some of the best movies featured in this collections. The ones I choose for now are the one that have actors playing as the Beatles. I was also planning to upload the whole Pirates of the Caribbeans: dead man tell no tales film, but, I didn't even watch it! I only watched the scene with Paul .... and since that has been the most talked about subject the early 2017 (but as usual nobody really cares to see it with own eyes) I will share it for first.



Be honest: how many posts did you see on Facebook or elsewhere with this photo of Paul McCartney in a pirate costume ? Lots of times, right? And how many times did you see anybody sharing the actual clip (it has always been on YouTube !!!) .... none !!!!! So, should we finally get to see that bloody sketch ?!
FOOTNOTE: The joke Uncle Jack tells to Jack Sparrow "a skeleton walks into a bar and orders a beer and a mop" was previously told by Quentin Tarantino in 1996 in the film Desperado (https://youtu.be/Gz_PJqCCd2E?t=9s), by Harvey Miller and later by Jack Nicholson, repeated by Al Pacino (https://youtu.be/nOPdRjGtryk?t=30s), subsequently parodied by Johnny Deep (https://youtu.be/8R12QHMFF48?t=1m39s) ... see how Disney keeps on recycling the same garbage !?





I won't share the actual full Beatles movies, those are pretty easy to find with a Google search and perhaps you all already own a digital copy, but I want to share this 1984 movie in full: Give My Regards to Broad Street, directed by Peter Webb and starring Paul McCartney, Bryan Brown, Ringo Starr, Barbara Bach and Linda McCartney.




However, Give My Regards to Broad Street is not the only film featuring Paul, Ringo, Linda and Barbara; The Cooler is a short promo film directed by Kevin Godley and Lol Creme and it was originally made as a promo video for "Private Property" from Ringo’s solo album "Stop And Smell The Roses". It was filmed at the AIR Studios in southwest London in mid-January 1981 by Paul McCartney’s MPL Communications.



Going back a couple of years, in 1978 Ringo Starr took part to the TV Special/film "Ringo", where he plays himself, as well as a fictionalised version of himself and his fictional half-brother "Ognir Rrats".
However, in this film George Harrison played a little role as interviewee at a press conference (making also a reference to trousers of The Rutles) .... and possibly a cameo of Paul McCartney.
George appears at minute 1 and minute 35: https://youtu.be/raHA3pzB2Kk?t=1m and https://youtu.be/raHA3pzB2Kk?t=35m14s and Paul towards the end as a beardy pianist https://youtu.be/raHA3pzB2Kk?t=41m16s

 




In the film Alice in Wonderland from 1985, Ringo Starr played the role of the turtle while singing the song Nonsense. I could have let the whole clip, but, for the sake of keeping the video under 2 hours of length I cut it 3/4 short. However, here the whole unedited clip.



And, also the scene from Candy (1968) should be posted in full.




I had a lot of requests to share a link for the Beatles' 2008 bootleg film Let it Be (the big picture).
It is more or less the same as the 1970 version of Let It Be, but with 30% of extra screen-picture (literally). Let it Be was recorded on 35mm film and zoomed in. This version has the original film size. NOTE: this is not a remastered version !!! APPLE has no plans of releasing the LET IT BE remastered movie anytime soon




Paul and Linda McCartney take part to an episode of the British TV comedy series, Bread in 1987. Sparingly, Linda is a very good actress.
... Paul appears at the very end.





VOICE ACTING

We covered some of the Beatles voice acting in cartoons, such as the Simpsons and the Powerpuff Girls, which you can watch is the Cartoon blogspot.
Since this one below (BoJack Horseman) is pretty recent cartoon episode (2015) I don't mind sharing it again (here's also a version dubbed in Spanish: https://youtu.be/MTjTw7vu4h4).



Not only Ringo Starr was the first to take part to a Simpsons episode, but he also was the one with most lines. You can watch the full episode of "Brush with Greatness" here:



Two years after the Ringo appearance in the Simpsons, it was George Harrison's turn to play himself in the 1993 episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet"




While Paul McCartney was the last. He eventually appeared on "Lisa the Vegetarian" in 1995.
http://pixa.club/en/the-simpsons/season-7/epizod-5-lisa-the-vegetarian




JOHN & YOKO'S FILMS

Due to their extreme boredom I won't embed any of their avant-garde films/video.
However, I created a YouTube playlist with all of them in their entirety.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlqXiBY2sa0Rk4TrYicPyLLF01a6x3rdL

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ONLINE MISINFORMATION

While searching for clips to add to this collection I came across a lot of wrong info. Sites such as IMDB should be the primary source for this sort of research, but, most of the times they information they provide is misleading or even completely wrong.

At the end of the Beatles as actors video collection I included two clips: Checking Out and Sabrina, the teenage witch; for these two clips I can't tell if those are George Harrison and Ringo Starr for real, but certainly I can tell that this guy here below is NOT Ringo, as claimed on IMDB, Ringo's encyclopedia and more. Screenshot taken from the film Saint Street (2012).

Saint Street full movie link (if you want to double-check it yourself)

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Ringo, among the four is the one with the most wrong references online. Just like on Facebook, most websites copy and paste descriptions from other places. In the next case, on Ringo's encyclopedia it also stated that this guy here below is Ringo. [from Weekend of a champion]
https://my.mail.ru/mail/billy.shears/video/_myvideo/168.html


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If you google "In episode 9F11 of Season Four, Homer is seen eating a cookie in the shape of Ringo’s head" you will find this citation in a lots of websites and forums. Too bad that nobody checked if it true ... well, one person did it ... that's me !

This is a screenshot of the Simpsons episode scene. The cookie is not even a cookie but a potato chip and Great Aunt Gladys clearly says that ..... not Ringo Starr. (Episode: “Selma’s Choice” S04E13).



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Another mistake I encountered is in the 1999 film An American Tail: The Mystery of the Night Monster where Ringo is once again mentioned as a member of the Outlaw Cats but he’s not credited in the actual film credit roll. Alternately Yoko Ono is credited for her contribution as assistant director. Ringo has probably been confused for his song called Mystery of the Night, however, where they got the source for the Outlaw Cats is the real mystery about this movie and if this mistake has never been corrected is because nobody bothers to double-check these claims.

 

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Quick annotation for the film Monty Python's Life of Brian: Harrison appears in a cameo appearance as Mr. Papadopoulos, "owner of the Mount", who briefly shakes hands with Brian in a crowd scene. His one word of dialogue (a cheery but out of place Scouse "'ullo") had to be dubbed in later.

NOTE: I made a little editing mistake in the main video: one of the Not Only ... But Also clips is from 1994, the other in from 1966.
Also, How I won the war was filmed in 1966 but screened in 1967, and so Candy was filmed in 1967 but screened in 1968.
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HOW I WON THE WAR

How I Won the War is a black comedy film directed and produced by Richard Lester, released in 1967, based on a novel of the same name by Patrick Ryan. The film stars Michael Crawford as bungling British Army Officer Lieutenant Earnest Goodbody, with John Lennon.


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RINGO THE ACTOR

I'm sure you all noticed how Ringo appeared in so many films. Ritchie has indeed talent as actor and Richard Lester discovered with A Hard Day's Night, giving Ringo the main spot in his next film with the Beatles, Help! But I still find weird the fact that John had not a full sketch in AHDN but got to be the main character in How I Won The War.
However, I would like to share this short documentary of Ringo and his adventure filming Magical Mystery Tour.




EXTRAS

As I said earlier, I don't think there is a need to post the main Beatles films in full, but I'll do it anyway ..... but in a very small format to occupy less space. Use the full screen button to have a bigger view.
..............A Hard Day's Night....................................Help!..........Magical Mystery Tour



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TBC (more clips to be added)
If you would like to see a clip or a movie in full, let me know in the comments.
I'm very happy to share it.
Should I create a section with all the Beatles movies in full ?


Friday, 22 December 2017

Beatles references in movies

In the previous posts from the SgtPepperChannel blog we have covered Beatles references in songs and cartoons TV series and today we will look at the cinema and TV films with references to the Beatles as well as any music featuring Beatles songs (covers included).

I have to admit that collecting these 200 (and over) references was almost an impossible task.
All the forums I consulted reported references without giving much explanation, nor whether it was a reference in the dialogue, either a song played during the credits or something that, whoever commented it, considered it a reference (people often make abstract considerations). Also, I have encountered a lot mistakes that wasted my time; and to make it worst Google places most of these blogs atop of the search; because of this as well as all the wrong mentions I got in the comments of the first YouTube collection, the realization of the second collection has been an extremely complicated job to complete.

Luckily the SgtPepperChannel is here to wipe away all those useless forums and replace them all  with this one: an accurate straight-to-the-point citation for each reference. No "bla bla bla" !
Before we start I need to point out two very important things:
1) Paul McCartney was a Beatles and the fact that he played with Wings doesn't change his status, so, if you hear songs from Wings do not be confused, just listen to the song and get on with your life.
I couldn't help noticing a certain level of hate in the comments regarding Wings songs. Of course none of the cowards that commented replied to my question: "What about John Lennon's "Beautiful Boy"? That's NO BEATLES either, and it came much earlier than Wings. Were you sleeping ?"
2) This is a movie collection ... not cartoons ... there's a video + blog for that. However, feel free to suggest any cartoon reference if you know any, just, please do not say: "you forgot ...", it sounds rude.

FIRST MOVIE COLLECTION:



Video 1 - Movie list:

To be filled ...

SECOND MOVIE COLLECTION (another 100 clips)



Video 2 - Movie list in order of appearance :

Jimi: All by my side
My dinner with Jimi
The bank Job
Living is easy with eyes closed
National Lampooon's Vegas vacation
Angels of the universe
Breakfast club
Eight days a week
The big Lebowski
In Bruges
Madmen
Love & Mercy
Now you see me 2
Little Manhattan
Father's day
Velvet goldmine
Brassed off
Ted
What a beautiful day
Hostages
The million dollars hotel
Flash Gordon
Panic
To sir with love
Beverly Hills cop
Prick up your ears
Project Alf
Network
Guns for hire
Ironman 3
Jersey boys
Hook
Rocky (https://www.dropbox.com/s/ojr8j7n7txyoum3/Rocky.jpg?dl=0)
Sam's comics
The circle
Helter Skelter
Winning London
Wrongfully accused
Grand Canyon
Mr.Popper's penguins
Fear and loathing in Las Vegas
Minions
Sausage party
Noel's fantastic trip
Happy feet
Mr Peabody & Sherman
Ratatouille
Shrek 2
The point
Cloudy with a chance of meatball 2
El topo* (Sorry, this is a mistake !)
Twist and shout
Guardians of the galaxy vol.2
Helter Skelter (1976)
Norwegian wood
Armageddon
A bronx tale
Accepted
Licence to drive (
American Gangster
A minute of silence
Coming home
Dinner for Shmucks
Evan almighty
I know what yo did last summer
Ghost Town
My girl 2
Mask
Miracle from Heaven
Radio
Shampoo
Sucker punch
The cat in the hat
The world according to Garp
Withnail and I
Yesterday
Across the universe
Pleasantville
The killing fields
While we're young
The family way
The Magic Christian
Nuns on the run
Grosse point blank
Kubo and the two strings
Ethel and Ernest
Spies like us
Everybody's fine
Children of men
American beauty
Five corners
Time bandits
Lethal weapon 2
The strawberry statement
The out of towners
The Lennon report
The killing of John Lennon
Chapter 27
Turn me on, dead man
Snodgrass
A pistol for Ringo
The return of Ringo
Ringo and his golden pistol
Various "Ringo" shortfilm
Yoko
The Incredibles
Jonas Brothers
Lego Ninjago
Cars
Finding Nemo
Almost famous
Beatles (2014)
Can't buy me love
Pulp fiction
The Fifth Beatle
Beatlemania

I have to admit that I found a lot of suggestions in the comments as well as corrections: there are two mistakes in the second video collection. One is just an editing mistake: the title at minute 36:27 should be “Licence to drive” and not “Prick up your ears”.

*The second mistake is the whole reference for the Mexican movie El Topo at minute 30:35, that clip is a (failed) sync experiment from a Youtuber called David Plate. That clip was saved and forgotten in my hard drive for years. The film received some financial support from John Lennon and was distributed across the United States through ABKCO Films, owned by Allen Klein. And that's the only Beatles connection I can make. I can’t tell if at the time the video description said it was an experiment, I probably should have suspected it. I apology about it.

Please note that this video is made with zero budget, that means the clips I used are the clips I found, some are not in English language, if my search didn't produced any better results is because I had to move on and search for other videos.


FULL MOVIES AND EXTENDED SCENES!!!

First full movie I want to share with you is the second listed on the second collection: My Dinner With Jimi, a 2003 comedy film about the Turtles visit to UK in 1967.


Here's just the scenes from My Dinner With Jimi featuring the Beatles compiled into one video.




The other Jimi Hendrix film featured in this collection is All By My Side here the scene of the movie where the Experience play Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band in front of the Beatles and the real live scene from 1967 (watch both clips for comparison).






A very particular recent good fictional shortfilm called Snodgrass. It was produced a series of episodes for Sky One in 2013, but it stopped at the pilot episode. Probably the director exaggerated with the drama in the story and the excessive strong scouse accent given to John Lennon's actor makes it not so appealing for non-Beatles fans.
The video is available on YouTube, but I will share another upload since the first uploader keeps on modify the title in the video, often attributing things that has nothing to do with it (at some point it was titled "if John Lennon died in 1962").



And the other shortfilm from this collection that deserves its own spotlight is Turn Me On Dead Man, a 2009 Paul is dead parody directed by Adam Blake Carver. Watch out for the last song!




The next clip deserved a bit more of space than the 40 seconds from the main video collection. In the film Guardians of the Galaxy the song My Sweet Lord (written by George Harrison) has been used for two minutes long. Normally movies do not play music from the soundtrack for too long. I apology for the audio as it not the best on this list.



A clip with some Lennon music is from the animated film Mr. Peabody & Sherman where Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy) by John Lennon is featured in a sort of dog-father figure .... just watch.



Paul McCartney wrote the song In The Blink of an Eye appositely for the animated film Ethel & Ernest in 2016. Strangely , the beautiful song is only played at the end during the credit roll.
A similar thing happened for Spies like us (https://www.bitchute.com/video/fcxWhCqe8Kbd).



This next clips doesn't feature directly Beatles music, but a choir of students singing Give Peace A Chance against police brutality. The film is called The Strawberry Statement.




Yet, another interesting credit roll is the one of Children of men where in the official released they used Lennon's Bring On the Lucie (Freda Peeple), and Tomorrow Never Know in an alternate ending (https://www.bitchute.com/video/cv4yite3OrZG).




Before moving on, I'd like to share the last clip with some real Beatles music:
In the opening of the film Dinner for Schmucks the song The Fool On The Hill is played.





Dixie is a character in the movie The Million Dollar Hotel. He believes he was the uncredited fifth Beatle and he wrote most of the fab four catalogue on his own. In this clip he sings a very interesting version of I AM THE WALRUS.




You can watch more clips with Beatles soundtracks from movie in full on my Bitchute channel:
https://www.bitchute.com/channel/sgtpepperchannel/

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MISSING CLIPS (NEW)

Before sharing other full clips/films I would like to post the following clip.
The day after I published the second collection video I found a few more clips online: there is a movie from the 1992 called Secret, and it is filled with Beatles music and references.



Another one is this very bad produced film from 1984 called “Desperate Teenage Lovedolls", there are in total three Beatles references:
Ref #1 https://youtu.be/NEnNMYtLvL4?t=15m55s
Ref #2 https://youtu.be/NEnNMYtLvL4?t=28m35s
Ref #2 https://youtu.be/NEnNMYtLvL4?t=31m9s


Also, in the movie "The Music Never Stopped" (2011) they mention the Beatles song "all you need is love" https://youtu.be/ba1vlh1e8bM?t=33s
The song is also played during the movie.

For the credit roll of the film "The Identical" from 2014, they used a terrible version of Ringo's "it don't come easy" - https://youtu.be/tFMkFmAYeco?t=1h20m6s



Through, for many this has little to do with the Beatles, I believe that the Travelling Wilburys are as important as Wings and should deserve respect from Beatles fans. The song End of the line is played as the opening for the film Checking Out (1989).




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And if you want see even more films, I created a playlist of all the films featuring the real Beatles along some of the biographical/fictional and trailers too.https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlqXiBY2sa0TvXdifkIwhRQn80PShCom4


RELATED SUBJECTS

MUSICALS

At some point I had enough of reading “you forgot Across the Universe” in the comments that, even it is NOT a movie I included anyway (that may save the video a few dislikes). However Across the Universe is a musical … and a pretty bad one!
I haven’t watched it, but I tried …. It was just too damn boring for me, and the Beatles songs sounds terribly cheesy and out-of-place … the story revolving the song has nothing to do with what goes on in the film. (enough ranting!)
So, here’s a collection of Beatles musicals




BIOGRAPHY MOVIES

I also created a collection featuring The Beatles Biography Movies, this is the list of movies.
This is a samples and short trailer collection of all the biographical movies featuring the Beatles played by other actors, or as parodies. Apart from BackBeat and Lennon Naked, all the trailers are edited or made appositely for this video.



Movie List:
Birth of the Beatles (1979) http://youtu.be/HKQDLVIPmTo 
Nowhere Boy (2009) https://vimeo.com/19602862 
In His Life (The John Lennon Story) (2000) http://youtu.be/wxlvfBbMphI 
Lennon Naked (TV 2010) http://youtu.be/84FSuh-J5fA 
John & Yoko : a love story (TV 1985) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7qdnW... 
The Hours And Times (1991)  http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x53nlil
Two of us (2000) : http://youtu.be/JbA1_8c8LWM 
The Linda McCartney Story (TV 2000) http://youtu.be/bTZidooRrxQ 
Turn me on dead man (2009) part 1 http://youtu.be/5ShXNmv6-wA and part 2 http://youtu.be/sQBXF7QlD1c 
The Rutles - All You Need Is Cash (TV 1978) http://youtu.be/TA7bYjCbfX4 
The Rutles 2 - Can't Buy Me Lunch (TV 2004) http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=... 
Chapter 27 (2007) http://youtu.be/SyvXIeuyJ0w 
The Killing of John Lennon (2006) http://youtu.be/D89O4jxftPs
As this collection was complied in 2014, the recent The Fifth Beatle animated movie is missing in the list, but yo can watch the trailer here : https://youtu.be/apolYX6wBOw

Most biographical Beatles movies can be found in full on YouTube (you can use this playlist), but a few movies aren’t as easy to find. One of them is The Hours and Times, a fictional story based on the holiday John Lennon and Brian Epstein spent together in Barcelona in 1963. This is a clip from the movie:





BEATLES FEATURED IN NON-BEATLES DOCUMENTARIES

While researching for the second references in movies collection I came across a lot of citations of Beatles (and ex-Beatles) appearances in documentaries. I avoided all Beatles documentaries and concentrated only in the non-beatle ones. However, I appositely left a lot of the research out for a future PART TWO of the following video, hoping I will get some suggestion in the comments (which, sometimes are very useful and more reliable than what often reported in blogs)



One of the documentaries I left out is one hosted by Paul McCartney called The Power of Music.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lJRpG_mXlgA

EXTRAS

This next clips is just an example how the name "Beatles" is pronounced in other countries.




Rocky’s clip is not very clean. I should have paused the video and show properly the poster on the wall. Here's a better quality screenshot https://www.dropbox.com/s/ojr8j7n7txyoum3/Rocky.jpg?dl=0


THE VULTURES FROM THE JUNGLE BOOK (an examination)

A bit too often the vultures from The Jungle Book are referred as a Beatles resemblance, but is it really so. They surely have a moptop hairdo and a silly scouse accent, but, during the film creation they lost part of the fab four appearance. For example, they originally were a rock’n’roll vocal group, then the beat song and the dancing got swapped with an a-Capella boring song and so other signatures that may have made those vultures more beatlesque.

Watch these two short clips about the vultures from The Jungle Book.








TO BE CONTINUED ... COME BACK HERE NEXT WEEK ... I'LL ADD MORE CLIPS AND ANNOTATIONS

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Friday, 24 November 2017

INTERESTING DOCUMENTARIES ABOUT THE BEATLES



There are numerous documentaries about the Beatles that it is almost impossible to list them all; especially since 2013, at least two documentary films have been produced each year. I made a playlist of the few surviving documentaries on YouTube (which I am constantly updating), it starts with the first main Beatles documentary "The Long and Winding Road", a documentary co-produced by roadie Neil Aspinall and Apple Films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7uV_086oXZA&list=PLlqXiBY2sa0QT89mzZGuUbDReMLhhA7E8.

Of course, there are a few must-watch Beatles documentaries that should be seen before watching any other documentary about the band; those films are: the "Anthology" from 1995/96 and John Lennon's "Imagine" from 1988.

I would suggest at least one Sgt.Pepper's documentary from the many that have been produced (you can find three of my favourite Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club documentary posted in this blog: http://sgtpepperchannel.blogspot.co.uk/2017/06/the-best-sgtpeppers-documentaries.html) and the recent “Eight Days A Week”, directed by Ron Howard .(https://my.mail.ru/mail/kazbekov_1957/video/_myvideo/2060.html).

However, I'm here to share a couple of documentary that can't be found on YouTube ... or anywhere online (at least not easy to find, especially when the uploaders title them differently from the original/official name).



Beatles on Records 


The first is a documentary made entirely using audio interviews and music from the Beatles and George Martin called Beatles on Records produced by History Channel in 2009.
This documentary is also available on YouTube under the name Beatles in the studio and has Spanish subtitles.


Note: there is a little mistake at minute 3'25" when it comes to date the publishing of Please Please Me: 
PPM was released in March 1963, not January as this documentary says ....  

All You Need Is Cash 

Another pretty interesting documentary is “All You Need Is Cash” - Not to be confused with the Rutles film !
This is a Channel 4 (UK) documentary from 2007 about The Beatles' finances, tax & business deals from the early days to the present. Features interviews with Phillip Norman, George Martin, NEMS Director Geoffrey Ellis, documentary filmmaker Albert Maysles, Geoff Wonfor, Lew Grade, May Pang and Beatles author Allan Kozinn. http://bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=ycdvd067


These is the poster of Beatles on records (2009), All You Need Is Cash (2007) and Parting Ways (2010)



Parting Ways


"Parting Ways" is a 52 minutes documentary about the life of the Beatles after their split in 1970. Going in the order of John, Paul, George and Ringo, each of the Beatles is given a little over 10 minutes of air time in this film that seems to take a lot of liberties and uses a lot of stock film footage that was also used in Strange Fruit.




All Together Now

A less interesting but not notorious documentary is "All Together Now": a 2008 documentary on the creation and behind the scenes of the Cirque du Soleil stage production of "LOVE" and partnership between the remaining Beatles and families.



These are the posters for All Together Now and Cirque du Soleil.




Magical Mystery Tour documentaries

In August 2012, a deluxe edition of the Magical Mystery Tour was released in the US. Among the extras there was a 19 minutes documentary produced by BBC simply called “The making of the Magical Mystery Tour”. 


And another 2012 BBC production for the Magical Mystery Tour documentary is called Magical Mystery Tour Revisited (BBC Arena Special)This documentary is available to watch in the BBC website for UK residents but no one else, so, to make it visible to everybody, I uploaded on my archive channel.



And yet there is another interesting Magical Mystery Tour documentary called Magical Mystery Memories. Directed by Dave Lambert. With Tony Barrow, Tony Bramwell, Spencer Davis.
http://beatleshelp.net/beatles/mmtm.html




All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music

The last one for now will be a TV special from 1975: All You Need Is Love: The Story of Popular Music, featuring: Twist and Shout", The Cavern Club, The Beatles in Hamburg, The Beatles' 1965 US tour, Bobby soxers, Skiffle, Mersey Beat, Summer of Love, Jane Fonda's birthday party, "House of the Rising Sun", Apple Boutique, Monterey Pop Festival, "All You Need Is Love", "Eight Miles High", "More popular than Jesus", Brian Epstein's death.
Interviewees: Paul McCartney, Allan Williams, Brian Epstein, George Martin, John Lennon, Murray the K, Derek Taylor, Roger McGuinn, Mike Love, The Beach Boys, Carl Wilson, Donovan, Bill Graham (promoter), The Animals, Ravi Shankar, George Harrison, The Mamas & the Papas, Tommy Charles, WACI, Robert Shelton (Ku Klux Klan)
Scriptwriter: Derek Taylor
Directed by Tony Palmer
Original air date: May, 14 1977
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_You_Need_Is_Love:_The_Story_of_Popular_Music



Going back to 1964, following the release of the film A Hard day's Night, a short documentary of the making of the film/behind the scenes, containing footage filmed on location and during a recording session at Abbey Road studios on February 1964, was released under the name Follow The Beatles and was presented by Robert Robinson. MORE INFO




If you have some more time to spare (of course you have!) check out The Beatles Diary from this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlqXiBY2sa0QT89mzZGuUbDReMLhhA7E8

This blog page will be update from time to time with new embedded videos, so, make sure to visit it once in while.

Monday, 6 November 2017

Our World (TV special) 1967

Our World was the first live television production, which was broadcast worldwide on 25 June 1967 via satellite.
During the program events from around the world were shown, perhaps the Beatles sequence is the most popular of this TV show. Among the guests, singing the chorus during the performance, were members of The Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Marianne Faithfull, Keith Moon and Graham Nash.
The Beatles were live at 8:54 GMT (that's amazing! How did they get John out of bed so early?!)
... and a special hand-clap for the Australians that got up at 4.50 AM ! ☺
More details can be found on Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_World_(TV_special)
and here : https://www.honeysucklecreek.net/other_stations/cooby_creek/our_world.html
... I'm more interested in showing the actual film, which speaks for itself.



Colour TVs weren't as common as today back in the 60s, so the program was broadcasted in black and white, however, in 1995, a colourised version was created for TV special The Beatles Anthology, using colour photographs taken at the scene as reference.



Some of the outtakes / base-track records can be found in the bootlegs "Magical Mystery Tour (Back to the basics)" available to download for free here: http://octaner.blogspot.co.uk/2015/12/magical-mystery-tour-back-to-basics.html

Friday, 28 July 2017

Beatles references and appearances in cartoon TV Series and puppetry shows.

This blog will cover the content of the following videos:

Beatles references and appearances in cartoon TV Series
https://youtu.be/9WpWwlvkkas
Featuring: The Simpsons, South Park, Family Guy, Futurama, American Dad, Powerpuff Girls, CatDog, My Little Pony, Flintstones, Steven Universe, Teen Titans, Robot Chicken and many more.
NOTE: this is another upload, the one from my channel got deleted.


Beatles references and appearances in Puppet Shows
https://youtu.be/U6KJJjEK4Ao
Featuring: The Muppet Show, Sesame Street/Sesame Tree (one is from US the other from UK), Spitting Image and more.




There are many blogs that treat subjects like Beatles references and appearances in songs, movies and general pop culture. However, these blogs usually only talk about it, except in a few occasions a link is thrown in, but most of the times they leave the actual reference to you to find. In the SgtPepperChannel blog and channel we covered most of the references in music and films, both with a 50 minutes video and this time we will look at all the Beatles references and appearances in cartoons from TV Series and puppets animations/sketches from kids programs. Making these sort of video is almost impossible to release publicly as copyright infringements usually ends up in taking the video down, in fact the YouTube upload lasted less than a week and was barely viewed (it got only 3000 views), so, one more time Google Drive comes at hand. This compilation contains the full episode of Celebrity Deathmatch, the unedited musicvideo of Ringo's song in The Powerpuff Girls, the extended scene of Ned Flander's Beatles collection (The Simpsons) and the unedited Mad Mod chase from Teen-TitansAnd it also contains the clips from the "Beatles on Puppet Shows". 
This blog is great if you want to share both subjects at once.
Let me apology on advance for any eventual mistakes or misspellings.

 

PS: I anyone of you knows why Google Drive doesn't upload this video in 720 pixel and also knows a solution, please, let me know how to fix it.
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MISSING CLIPS:

Not long after I uploaded the video on YouTube I received a suggestion in the comments, quoting Back At The Barnyar. I found this clip featuring an imaginary band called the The Weevils.



On JoJo's Bizarre Adventure many of the character's names are references to the Beatles. Example: Erina Pendleton's name is possibly based on a mispronunciation of Eleanor Rigby ;  Rubber Soul is named after the Beatles album Rubber Soul. ; Ghiaccio's White Album is named after the Beatles' album "The Beatles", nicknamed "White Album" by the fans ;  Lucy Steel's Stand is named after the song of the same name by The Beatles; and others ...See the full list here: http://jojo.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_cultural_references_in_JoJo%27s_Bizarre_Adventure
As all the episodes are in Japanese, it was too demanding to follow the whole episode(s) only to understand who is who and if the clip is worth to be used; also I had trouble distinguishing the references in the cartoon from the one in the comic book … it is just too much work for this animation series. 


A couple of months after this project was published, one of my favourite podcast presented a special episode dedicated to the references to the Beatles in the Simpsons cartoon. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the podcast to this vlog, so you will have to click this link to access it. http://somethingaboutthebeatles.com/122-simpsons-stories/

This podcast mentions a few clips missing from the main video of this blog.
A very funny one is the end of the credits in “D'oh-in' in the Wind” (S10E06) where homer said “I buried Flanders”.
CLIP COMING SOON !

The other is from “The Mysterious Voyage of Homer” (S08E09) quoting “goo goo g'joob !”




The main idea was to make a unique video for cartoons and puppetry, both because I wanted to keep the video to a certain length and also because many fonts complain that puppets are not animation.

But, since the YouTube upload has been deleted the two subjects will be blended into a unique video.
However part 1 of the video is just cartoons, part 2 is puppets.

An extended clip I could share is the one produced in 1988 by Spitting Image featuring Paul McCartney, The Who, The Rolling Stones and other rock stars. Somehow most of you find these clips from Spitting Image disturbing. So, maybe viewer discretion is advised.



 And here another puppets video recently suggested: Kermit The Frog - I've Got My Mind Set On You (2001) - MDA Telethon



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FULL EPISODES

I could have had included the entire episode of some cartoons like I did for Celebrity Deathmatch, but I was very concerned about the length of this video compilation, and anyway I already planned to create this blogpost and post here the most important episodes in full.
The first has to be the one of The Powerpuff Girls called "Meet the Beat Alls", the entire episode is a Beatles reference. The plot goes that the for villains joins together and becomes invincible so get called the Beat-Alls. You can check all the references in this video : https://youtu.be/7raxJUDldDs



Another interesting cartoon that is not mentioned in the main collection is the episode number four two of the second season of BoJack Horseman called "After the Party". In this episode there is a very special guest: Paul McCartney! Indeed that’s Sir McCartney voicing himself.
The episode was aired on July 17, 2015.
Here’s the full clip: Paul’s scene is at the end.



And here's just the ending clip:




Same thing for the children cartoon Wonder Pets!. The episode "Save The Beetles!" has the fab four in beetle version as main characters throughout he entire video. The Beetles get stuck with their submarine among some seaweed and Wonderpets save them. The Beetles play a concert  to thank them. This cartoon is more suitable for a young public.


 
Another cartoon with "beetles" as main characters is Timon & Pumbaa in the episode "Rocky Mountain Lie". Sorry for the format of this video.



The next cartoons are (no wonder) from The Simpsons (Matt Groening is a big fan).
The one with most references is the first episode of season 5, "Homer's Barbershop Quartet". The plot resembles a in many aspects stories of the Beatles and in this episode George Harrison plays a cameo as himself in two scenes.




The next one is "Lisa is a vegetarian" with Paul and Linda McCartney as guest. Their scene is towards the end, and for this episode they used the song Maybe I'm Amazed in the credits.



If you listened closely at the music in the credits you may have heard some backwards voices. That's Paul reading a recipe for a really ripping lentil soup ! Here you can hear that message played in reverse.



The other Beatle to appear as voicing of own character is Ringo Starr. Ringo has the most lines between the three episodes ... well, as we know Ringo is a good actor. This is the episode number 218 ("Brush With Greatness").



The other Simpsons episodes with most references to the Beatles is "The Bart of War" (Season 14 episode 21). Bart and Milhouse break into Ned Flander's basement/Beatles Museum … and the wreck it. Embedded in this blog is the full clip of the scene, otherwise use this link if you fancy watching the whole episode : https://my.mail.ru/mail/billy.shears/video/_myvideo/71.html




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Since I'm sharing full episodes here's a one with a short parody of the Beatles/Simon & Garfunkel performance at the Ed Sullivan Show made by Animaniacs. The trilogy episode (Season 3 Episode 15) has a reference in the name : "A Hard Day's Warner / Gimme a Break / Please Please Please Get a Life Foundation".



Among these cartoons with reference to the Beatles in the title there is the episode "Every Little Thing She Does" of My Little Ponies (MPL).
I didn't watch this cartoon in full, I only looked at the transcription and didn't notice any important quote, so I guess it just doesn't have any direct reference at all (if you watch it and perhaps find anything relevant, please let me know, I will add it to this blog (or update the main video) : https://my.mail.ru//mail/billy.shears/video/_myvideo/64.html




If you would like to see in full some of the cartoons presented in this collection let me know in the comments. For now, I think these are the ones who need to be seen in full.

In case anyone of you is Italian, I have the clip from Detective Conan dubbed in Italian. And if you speak Spanish I have the clip from "Communuts" by Histeria! in Spanish.




An honorable mention goes to The Simpsons, Sesame Tree and Teletubbies doing the Abbey Road crossing.

  
    

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This is actually the third time I made and published this video and every time it got blocked after reaching thousands of views, but, because it is an interesting subject I don't mind re-working on it. From now on this compilation will be my backup video.
If you would like sharing this video but you think it is too long, then there is a SUPERCUTS version too available !




If you know any other reference that wasn't listed here, please leave a comment (or leave it on the main YouTube video: https://youtu.be/lOrOz5fvSxU



SOME REFERENCES NOT USED ON THIS COMPILATION:

Скамейка (A Russian animation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44PezZ0sX7k

Most cartoons have a fan-based parody of Abbey Road, see what i mean:
Rick and Morty: https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61vLHuCf5qL._UX522_.jpg
Simpsons: http://wallpapercave.com/wp/pLiejxt.jpg 
South Park: http://orig11.deviantart.net/d0b4/f/2013/128/8/7/abbey_road_by_niels827-d64iq0f.png


Topo Gigio recorded a cover of Yellow Submarine and also played it live along with other Beatles songs,  just can't find the movie-clip, only the music. https://youtu.be/FNq-Jn_fBeA

We shouldn't forget that the Beatles, the American animated television series ran from 1965 to 1969 on ABC and a total of 39 episodes were produced. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Beatles_(TV_series)#List_of_episodes_and_Sing_Alongs

There is an episode of the Simpsons where Homer and Milhouse sing Stand By Me to Bart. The Beatles were big fans of Ben E. King and jammed upon it during the Twickenham Session, also John Lennon made  it famous with his 1975 album Rock 'n' Roll. https://youtu.be/UJYHjsN3Q10


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COMIC BOOKS:

The story of the episode number 222 of the Batman comic is about the alleged death of Paul McCartney. Here some screenshots from the book: http://hoosierinanity.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/batman-vs-beatles-batman-222.html
The is also a reference of the Superman comic book episode number 79: https://www.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=https://vignette3.wikia.nocookie.net/superman/images/9/9e/Supermans_Pal_Jimmy_Olsen_079.jpg/revision/latest%3Fcb%3D20120214194215&imgrefurl=http://superman.wikia.com/wiki/Superman%27s_Pal_Jimmy_Olsen&h=1917&w=1280&tbnid=k_nRWK1V-KQWUM&tbnh=275&tbnw=183&usg=__KrG1XtQqDZuGN2XkNXuR3AuFmjw=&hl=en-GB&docid=CXeQyj_e-BBfcM
One in the 1965 Strange Tales #130 : https://d1466nnw0ex81e.cloudfront.net/n_iv/600/674301.jpg
One in Fantastic Four #34 (1965),  Animaniacs #12 (1996), Herbie #5, American Comics Group (1964) : http://13thdimension.com/thirteen-days-a-week-a-beatles-comics-countdown-ii/
An imaginary comic about Mark David Chapman deserves to be mention too. The author of this picture is unknown: https://static.squarespace.com/static/51b3dc8ee4b051b96ceb10de/51ce6099e4b0d911b4489b79/51ce61d5e4b0d911b44a2dfc/1361388406036/1000w/f3e4da25b0f44e1c6e3217e2ceba5deb.jpeg

… and I might even stop here. I could make an entire blog about Beatles in comic books.

I'll leave a link to four videos I made containing the whole comic book.

The Beatles Story in Comics (A Marvel Superspecial) : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC4PrzDdRc0

The Yellow Submarine Comic Book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KecsPzZNyc

The Fifth Beatle Comic: http://youtu.be/W2chCEsh9i4

Magical Mystery Tour EP Booklet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_RnSaR_pIM


And, since you are here, this is a slide-show video I made long time ago. It has all sorts of random animations and cartoony pictures.



IF YOU HAVE YOU FOUND THIS BLOG/VIDEO INTERESTING, YOU SHOULD CHECK OUT THIS PLAYLIST OF BEATLES COUNTDOWNS :
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLlqXiBY2sa0QRzowEiND-CT7_NT4x9u7z



This video/blog was brought you by Billy Shears of the SgtPepperChannel © 2017