The trailer for the Beatles‘ upcoming Yellow Submarine graphic novel has been posted online. The novel, which will be published on August 7th, is now available for pre-order. The book is the work of writer/artist Bill Morrison — an artist on The Simpsons comics and the current editor of Mad magazine. The hardcover 128-page book will sell for $29.99, and in celebration of the groundbreaking film’s 50th anniversary, the Yellow Submarine animated feature will hit theaters in the U.S. for one day only, next July 8th.

  • The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine originally opened in the U.S. on November 13th, 1968. The soundtrack album was released exactly two months later and was blocked from hitting Number One on the Billboard album charts by the Beatles’ own, “White Album.”
  • On September 13th, 1999 — as a tie-in with Yellow Submarine‘s first DVD release — the Beatles authorized a complete remix of all of the songs used in the original movie.
  • The new collection topped out at Number 15 in the States and went as high as Number Eight in the UK.

The official site posted the synopsis of the famed 1968 animated feature:

The Beatles are recruited by the Captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies.

The music-loving, underwater paradise of Pepperland has been overrun by the music-hating Blue Meanies and their leader, Chief Blue Meanie.

They turn the people of Pepperland into living statues by dropping apples on them and imprison the Pepperland’s guardians, Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band inside a soundproof blue glass globe, before confiscating all the music instruments in the land. Pepperland’s mayor sends aging sailor, Young Fred out in the fabled Yellow Submarine to find help. He travels to our world where he stumbles across the Beatles and begs them to help him free his world.

They agree and head back to Pepperland, teaming up with Jeremy The Nowhere Man along the way to help overthrow the evil Blue Meanies through the power of music and love.

CHECK IT OUT: The trailer for The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine graphic novel: