‘Oldsters’ who were born in the 70s are still too young to remember the 1968 release of the animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine. But, since many of us had hippie parents who were willing to venture out of the forest to places like the Railroad Square Cinema in Waterville to show their kids how fantastical the great John and company were, yes, we were exposed to the cartoon, and duly captivated. Not by the plot, perhaps too young for complicated and intricate storylines. But by the phantasmagoric visuals (which barely contained themselves within the framework of visual representation) coupled with the clever, blasé remarks of the animated Beatles, the synchronicity of the familiar Fab Four songs with what we saw on the screen, and the abject fear of the horrible Blue Meanies. Brr.
Bearing all that in mind, take the experience of Yellow Submarine and add a liberal dose of the whimsical and educational nature of Dr. Seuss, and you have some idea of what The New York Times meant when they describe Gustafer Yellowgold (a.k.a. Morgan Taylor), the performer-for-all-ages slated to appear at SPACE Gallery on Sunday, October 8 at 11 a.m., as “a cross between Yellow Submarine and Dr. Seuss, filtered through the lens of the Lower East Side.” We assume they mean the forward-thinking, progressive reputation of that part of New York, but when you see Taylor’s animated visuals and hear his earworm-level pop grooves, you’ll see that that goes without saying.
Whether you need a little cultural affirmation to your kids that yes, you are indeed right when you insist that they try to be kind and caring, or the whole family just needs something to do on a lazy Sunday, nobody will climb back in the car disappointed. If you get away without buying a DVD for your kids, buy one for yourself. Gustafer Yellowgold is a unique brand of genius.