This month, I welcome back to the fold another feature that's been missing from this blog since May of 2014... my reviews of the Beatles cartoon! Now, after this issue, I won't necessarily be writing reviews of this plus an episode of The Monkees (seen later in this issue) plus one of the Fleischer Popeye cartoons, but there will be at least one of them, if not two!
|Cutting salami with the airplane's propellors.|
The salami, however, seems too much for the prop, and the engine dies. The Beatles hit ejector buttons and their seats pop out of the plane, but Ringo's seat fails to activate the parachute (apparently one of the Beatles, perhaps John, was piloting the plane, as there's no other pilot shown)! They land in Italy, and Paul helps free Ringo from being embedded in his chair. There's a Roman street festival taking place, so the Beatles decide to check it out (Ringo quips, "I love festivals... they're so festive!"). John spots a shooting gallery, and decides to give it a go, but when the other Beatles cry out, "Yeah, yeah, yeah!" he jerks the gun, which sends a bullet bouncing off the bell at the top of a strength-testing tower, through a man's hat, bouncing off a dancing bear, and then off to infinity.
|George, Ringo and John perform while Paul dances with Bonnie.|
|The face on the side of the horror show tent looks familiar, doesn't it?|
Paul stumbles back to his bandmates, and describes the experience as being a "pretty grizzly adventure", which Ringo finds hilarious... why they didn't have Paul describe is as "unbearable" is beyond me!
|Ringo's parachute is on upside down!|
|Anyone recognize the girl in this photo?|
|"Can't Buy Me Love"|
The song begins, "Can't Buy Me Love," featuring Ringo as a hobo who meets a stray dog. The lyrics are presented correctly, but one of the backgrounds misspells the word "jeweler"! The instrumental break is cut in half.
|Chased by girls on the ocean liner.|
|Hiding in the lifeboat, unaware they're drifting away.|
|Performing "Mister Moonlight" during the eclipse (which is why it's|
|The sub submerges without everyone getting inside and closing the|
The song starts to wrap up as the eclipse finishes, and the natives start dancing with joy, and the chief presents the Beatles and the professor with a submarine in gratitude. It would've been a nice touch if it was yellow, but no such luck! The sub submerges with the Beatles still sticking out of the top of it, with no ill effects to them as the episode fades out.
As with most episodes, this was a fun one, but as I noted, neither of the stories featured very good animation during the performance sequences. Of course, this could be attributed to the low budget the show had, but one also has to consider that there were previous animated sequences that could've been reused (as Filmation was known to do) as needed. The singalongs both had all the correct lyrics, although I find the edits to the songs most jarring -- I can only assume they were trying to make the segments uniform.