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Meet "Yellow Submarine" Animator Ron Campbell



Yellow Submarine, based upon a song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, is a fantastic tale brimming with peace, love, and hope, propelled by Beatles songs, including “Eleanor Rigby,” “When I’m Sixty-Four,” “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” “All You Need Is Love,” and “It’s All Too Much.” When the film debuted in 1968, it was instantly recognized as a landmark achievement, revolutionizing a genre by integrating the freestyle approach of the era with innovative animation techniques.

Inspired by the generation’s new trends in art, the film resides with the dazzling Pop Art styles of Andy Warhol, Martin Sharp, Alan Aldridge and Peter Blake. With art direction and production design by Heinz Edelmann, Yellow Submarine is a classic of animated cinema, featuring the creative work of animation directors Robert Balser and Jack Stokes with a team of animators and technical artists.

Yellow Submarine was restored in 4K digital resolution by Paul Rutan Jr. and his team of specialists at Triage Motion Picture Services and Eque Inc. The film’s songs and score were remixed in 5.1 stereo surround sound at UMG’s Abbey Road Studios by music mix engineer Peter Cobbin. Due to the delicate nature of the hand-drawn original artwork, no automated software was used in the digital clean-up of the film’s restored photochemical elements. This was all done by hand, frame by frame.Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yellow Submarine with us!

The JPT is also pleased to announce that legendary TV cartoon animator Ron Campbell will visit our lobby with his artwork on July 9th, 10th and 11th from 4:30 to 8:00.  

Ron is globally recognized as one of the original animators and director of the 1960’s Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series and as an animator on the Yellow Submarine film. As movie theaters globally re-release the Yellow Submarine film this summer and at Jane Pickens on July 11th, Ron will kick off these new showings by highlighting his Beatles cartoon paintings. He will also feature other original artwork based on his 50-year career in cartoons including Scooby Doo, Winnie the Pooh, Rugrats, Smurfs, Flintstones, Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and more. Ron will be on site at the Jane Pickens Theater & Event Center to greet fans of all ages and share his artwork. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.

Here's a shot of "Ron Campbell, the last surviving animator of the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine" movie, signing a guitar for a fan at a B101 event in 2013.  A fascinating guy.   

"Yellow Submarine" Animator Ron Campbell signs guitar

photo: Bill George/B101

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