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If you're a big Beatles fan, you likely will enjoy it. Though the voices are dubbed by actors and the real John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr appear only in the film's final minutes, the movie's music, most of it from Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, includes four more songs from the same period that don't appear elsewhere: McCartney's "All Together Now," Lennon's "Hey Bulldog," and Harrison's "It's Only A Northern Song" and "It's All Too Much."

If you're nostalgic for those psychedelic days of yore, you likewise will probably be glad you went. Produced by Al Brodax, who'd produced most of ABC's animated Beatles TV show, and designed by German poster artist Heinz Edelmann, the animation is bold and vibrant--and completely changes tone, palette, and composition every five minutes. For the right person, watching it could bring back who knows what forgotten memories.

If you're a little kid, you'll also more than likely be glad you saw it. The movie's characters are simple--the Beatles are good guys, the bad guys are blue--its plot simpler--music saves the day--and its message simpler still: "All You Need Is Love." What parent could argue with that take-away?

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