Ron Campbell directed the Beatles cartoon series and was involved in other popular Saturday morning cartoons.
He will offer some of his works for sale from 4 to 8 p.m. Jan. 21 and 22 at Bennetts’ Framing & Art Gallery, 2100 Laurens Road, Greenville.
Campbell’s 50-year career in animation includes work on “Scooby-Doo,” “The Smurfs,” “Rugrats” and more. In addition, he was the animator of the film “Yellow Submarine.”
Campbell was director of the Beatles Cartoon series that aired on ABC from Sept. 25, 1965, through April 20, 1969. The series received huge ratings and continually fueled new music to children as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”
In 2018, music fans celebrated the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles classic animated film, “Yellow Submarine.” Since its release, the movie has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations. In his book, “Up Periscope,” the movie’s producer Al Brodax gives Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.
Other cartoons Campbell has been involved with include “Winnie The Pooh,” “Krazy Kat,” “George of the Jungle” and “The Jetsons,”
Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he has helped bring to the screen. With emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.
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