Where would a Liverpool themed hotel be without a nod to the Fab Four themselves? Having given their name to five feature films over the course of their career, there was one that stood out as the only option for a movie-themed room, Yellow Submarine. With its psychedelic adventure through various exciting landscapes gave a wealth of inspiration for a stylish, but era-appropriate setting for your Hard Day’s Night.
A ground-breaking movie
Yellow Submarine was released in 1968 and marked The Beatles’ third appearance on the silver screen. The band was unhappy with their previous acting endeavour ‘Help!’ (1965) and were wary of taking on another feature film, but they saw it as a quick way to honour their commitment to United Artists for their three-film contract. There was also apprehension about the concept of delving into more animation after the mid-60s American cartoon TV series, ‘The Beatles’, proved not to be to their taste. They passed their name for use, but the voices of the Liverpool-born quartet were provided by actors for the film.
The team of unknown artists had to get creative with their animation techniques thanks to working on a budget of £1 million in a tiny London studio, trying methods never seen before in the world of cartoons. Most notable of these unusual techniques is the use of postcards to create stop motion animation.
John, Paul, George and Ringo ended up being so impressed with the creativity and uniqueness of the film that they agreed to feature in a short live action cameo at the end. In the appearance, the boys discuss their souvenirs from the trip and reprise a rendition of ‘All Together Now’.
The movie received widespread critical acclaim and proved itself to be a box office hit. It was one of the first animations to step outside the realm of simple cartoons just for kids, Yellow Submarine proved that animation can be artistic and suitable for both adults and children alike.
Join the Beatlemania
Want to have a Beatle-mad weekend? As the home of the band that changed the world, there’s an endless list of Beatles-themed activities in the city. Bring together music and football with The Shankly Hotel’s Fab 4 and Shanks Tour, taking you to all the must-see Beatles landmarks and on an exclusive tour of Bill Shankly’s history with the city. End the trip with a free drink and 20% off at The Shankly Hotel’s stunning Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
Or take a cab ride with the Fab Four Taxi Tour, choose your favourite Beatle and take a John, Paul, George or Ringo themed tour lasting between two and five hours. See the childhood homes, and visit the places that inspired the band’s most famous songs from Penny Lane, to Strawberry Fields and even Eleanor Rigby’s tombstone.
A must-see for every Beatles fan is The Beatles Story at The Albert Dock, this museum takes you on a journey through history from The Quarrymen all the way to Imagine. The Beatles museum has exclusive memorabilia, including John Lennon’s iconic glasses and original artwork, and see a recreated Cavern Club with some of the band’s first guitars and drums from the days of playing small, underground venues. Bring the kids along for the adventure in the Discovery Zone, with interactive activities and costumes for dressing up in 60’s and 70’s styles.
Don’t go home without stopping for a drink in the iconic Cavern Club, where The Beatles played their first live gigs and the place where they were discovered by Brian Epstein. With live music throughout the day from tribute bands and up and coming Liverpool artists, you’ll be transported back to the early sixties in a time where rock n roll ruled. Grab a picture with the John Lennon statue outside and browse the names etched on the brick wall that pays tribute to all the bands that have performed at the famous club.
After seeing John Lennon on Mathew Street set out on a mission to find all statues and sculptures dedicated to the Beatles around the city. Visit the bronze foursome at Pier Head, sit with Eleanor Rigby on Stanley Street, admire the ‘Four Lads Who Shook the World’ sculpture on Mathew Street and admire the John Lennon Peace Monument at Kings Dock.
Live in the Yellow Submarine
The Yellow Submarine room at The Arthouse Hotel is perfect for any Beatles lover to delve into Pepperland and be submerged in A Day in the Life of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Our psychedelic inspired luxury suite can sleep up to a Fab Four, with a luxury double and two single beds. Dip into the jacuzzi bath before heading out to Penny Lane, or admire the Yellow Submarine artwork that covers the ceiling. With a little help from your friends, a stay at The Arthouse Hotel will be a visit you’ll remember when you’re sixty-four.
Call on 0151 601 8801 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your stay in the city that birthed the greatest musical legends of all time.