Blue Meanies (Yellow Submarine)

The Blue Meanies are a fictional army of fierce, if buffoonish, music-hating creatures in the surreal 1968 Beatles film Yellow Submarine. They allegorically represent all the bad people in the world.[1]

Their visual appearance was mostly designed by Heinz Edelmann.[2] Producer Al Brodax said that the chief blue meanie resembled production coordinator Abe Goodman.[1]


They are set on the occupation (and silencing) of the colourful, musical world of Pepperland. The majority are furry, six-clawed creatures, but some are humanoid- albeit with blue faces, and a taller stature.[2]


The Blue Meanies arrive in Pepperland and do everything they can to oppress the place. This prompts one of Pepperland's sailors, the former Commander now newly appointed Lord Admiral "Old Fred" (or "Young Fred" according to the even older Lord Mayor) to fly out in the Yellow Submarine of the title to find the Beatles, who, as musicians, would be able to restore harmony (and indeed melody) to Pepperland. The Meanies, in his absence, cause Pepperland to turn into a very dull and oppressive place, wrought with thorns and thistles.[3]

Later in the story, a Meanie abducts the Beatles' companion, Jeremy Hilary Boob, the Nowhere Man, and we see, when the Beatles arrive in Pepperland, how they have laid waste and petrified the natives. The Beatles find the stored-away instruments and their doubles, the Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and bring music back to Pepperland. This restores colour to the hills and plants and life into the natives (who had been petrified by various weapons in the Meanies' possession). With their spell thus broken, the Meanies cease to have a hold on Pepperland: even their guns start shooting flowers instead of missiles. Those that do not flee are invited by the Beatles to stay and "mingle" and they make peace with their former enemies.[4]

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  1. 1 2 Robert Hieronimus (11 September 1999), "The Hidden Stories Behind 'Yellow Submarine'", Billboard
  2. 1 2 Al Brodax (2004). Up Periscope Yellow: The Making of the Beatles' Yellow Submarine. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 239–244. ISBN 0-87910-992-0.
  3. R. Serge Denisoff, William D. Romanowski (1991). Risky business: rock in film. Transaction Publishers. p. 147. ISBN 0-88738-843-4.
  4. David Edward Dayton (2002). Sing and Change the World. Author's Choice Publishing. p. 7. ISBN 0-944031-92-7.
  5. Gary Moeller, "Is It Art?", The truth of Buffy: essays on fiction illuminating reality
  6. Cameron Forbes (2007). Under the Volcano: The Story of Bali. Black Inc. pp. 127, 128. ISBN 1-86395-409-0.
  7. Harry Hamlin (2010). Full Frontal Nudity: The Making of an Accidental Actor. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 1-4391-6999-3.
  8. Jesse P. Ritter, Jr. (15 August 1969). "Nightmare for the innocent in a California jail". Life. 67 (7): 54. ISSN 0024-3019.
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