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The Beatles cartoon series
21 February 2013
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I never really got into to them other then when people post the clips as music videos on youtube. Course it took me a while to get into Yellow Submarine too. Now had I watched them as a kid, maybe I would like them a little bit more.

22 February 2013
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Linde said
Thanks Parlance, didn't know about the budget and all.

However, I do feel the same about it as meanmistermustard. I've only watched about 2 of them and they were okay, but that was like a year ago and I still don't feel like watching another one.

And I hate it when they try to portray someone but the voice doesn't sound the same at all. That's also what I dislike about Yellow Submarine by the way.

I definitely recommend the "watch with a friend with a sense of humor" approach, as I wouldn't have bothered any other way myself. My friend and I were commenting on the strange edits they would do to the songs as, "oh, this is where they ran out of money on this episode, 'wrap it up, folks!'"

Also, the third season episodes were the best of the lot, and "the weird songs" as one animation director put it, were assigned to a better studio. If you can stomach watching it again, I recommend the intro for that season, done to "And Your Bird Can Sing" with cute cartoonizations of their Sgt Pepper likenesses, and the animation done for "Strawberry Fields." Cheesy by today's standards, but compared to the first two seasons, it was a marked improvement. And not entirely easy for a kid-friendly show to pull off.

I thought they did a much better job on Yellow Submarine at least capturing their personas in a fun way. They didn't even bother on the original cartoon. The actor playing John modeled him on Rex Harrison, for heaven's sake. I kind of wish someone would just redub John's voice on just one episode with a decent impression, complete with liberal f-bombs.

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

22 February 2013
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sky090909 said
Now had I watched them as a kid, maybe I would like them a little bit more.

Yeah, the cartoon's embarrassing enough for someone who actually discovered the Beatles that way as a child. I can only imagine how inane it looks to an adult seeing it for the first time.

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

23 February 2013
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http://www.amazon.com/BeatleTo.....038;sr=1-1

There's a book on it apparently

 

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24 February 2013
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Yeah, that's the making-of book I was referring to. It's about as exhaustive a resource as you can get on the subject.

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28 March 2013
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A very sad day. Jack Stokes, the director of the Beatles cartoon and animation director of "Yellow Submarine," passed away at 92. From The Examiner:

Mitch Axelrod of Fab4Free4All, and the author of the book “Beatletoons,” which covered the making of both “Yellow Submarine” and “The Beatles” cartoon show, called Stokes “an incredible man.” and said in a statement to Beatles Examiner, “To Beatles fans, he will always be remembered as the director of The Beatles cartoon series and Yellow Submarine for TVC Studios in London, but he was much more than that. He was not only an animation director, but a brilliant animator as well, working well into his 80's before retiring.

“He was a fantastic storyteller. A real no-nonsense guy, whom I am proud to have known. He will definitely be missed."

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

27 September 2013
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KROQ added a feature where they look back on moments in musical history, and this morning they mentioned that the cartoon debuted this week.

Happy anniversary - I may never have become a fan otherwise.

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Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

8 January 2014
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Amusing speculation at Hey Dullblog regarding the Tomorrow Never Knows episode.

For whatever reason (maybe budget, maybe considered too weird for kids?) most of the third season episodes weren't rerun in Chicago, so I never saw this one until last year. Wonder how I would have reacted to the song at the time.

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19 February 2014
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WogBlog posted an article devoted to the cartoon. heart

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26 February 2014
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does anyone know why Paul is so short in this cartoon?

 

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26 February 2014
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Annadog40 said
does anyone know why Paul is so short in this cartoon?

I think it was to emphasize his role as John's 2nd-in-command.

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27 February 2014
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From the Examiner:

Ron Campbell, director of the 1960s Saturday morning Beatles cartoon TV series and animator of the Beatles film “Yellow Submarine,” announced Feb. 26 by email he will be appearing live during the upcoming SXSW.

Campbell will be at Wild About Music, 115 E. 6th Street, Austin, Texas, from 1 to 9 p.m. March 8th through March 15th, except on March 10, when he will appear from 1 to 6 p.m. He will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created specially for the show and create new Beatles pop art paintings live at the exhibit.

More at the link.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

28 February 2014
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I found The Beatles in the late 80's, when I was somewhere around 11-12, all because of The Disney Channel. They kept re-running A Hard Day's Night, which is how I was first introduced the fab four, but they also used to run daily episodes from the cartoon series. So I was basically still a kid when I initially saw the cartoons, and I was also just discovering my favorite musical group of all time, so I loved the cartoons. How could you not? They had sing-a-longs with lyrics, which was absolutely priceless for someone like me who was trying to learn how to perform their songs!

Fast forward a couple of decades, I've got kids of my own now, and I managed to find a bootleg DVD with all of the cartoon episodes. My kids absolutely love the show, but when we got into the later years - "Tomorrow Never Knows," "She Said She Said," and "Strawberry Fields" - my wife and I were privately cracking up at the whole thing. I mean, holy cow, I give the producers full credit for trying to keep pace with where The Beatles were going musically, but I think by the time Revolver came along it was probably time to ditch the "Mop-Top" cartoons. :)

Not a bit like Cagney.
28 February 2014
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PeterWeatherby said
I mean, holy cow, I give the producers full credit for trying to keep pace with where The Beatles were going musically, but I think by the time Revolver came along it was probably time to ditch the "Mop-Top" cartoons. :)

Ha! Yes, it was very weird to have the opening credits show where they were during the Sgt. Pepper era already - facial hair and everything - but then we'd go back to Pierre Cardin suit-wearing Beatles.

So glad to see someone else who discovered the Beatles in part through the cartoon (for me, entirely through the cartoon). It seems to be hard to stomach unless you were a kid when you first saw it.

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Beware of sadness. It can hit you. It can hurt you. Make you sore and what is more, that is not what you are here for. - George

Check out my fan video for Paul's song "Appreciate" at YouTube and Vimeo.

5 April 2014
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Yeah, it's funny how they stayed in their suits five or so years after they'd ditched them. And what's with the voices?

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24 May 2014
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I wanted to see who else loved to watch their cartoon series. I've watched every episode and I would recommend it to all Beatles fans. If you've never heard of them, their all on YouTube. Thanks! heart

Note by Ahhh Girl: This post began a new thread (which ran through post 61) on this topic. I merged it into this thread. Thanks, @parlance.

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24 May 2014
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I would love if they were restored and the new remastered tracks were used instead of the bad quality recordings in the original series. Although the actors sounded nothing whatsoever like The Beatles, I still quite admire the cartoon. If they ever overdubbed the show with actual Liverpudlian-sounding actors, you wouldn't see me complaining. 

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I definitely agree with you on those points, and also that it's still a good cartoon. I wonder what would happen if they restored the show and put it on a modern kids-TV channel... a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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24 May 2014
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They could also change the order of the episodes to make it more cohisive like all the New York episodes together 

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That's also true. If they sold a DVD set of them in a better order, I would definitely buy it.

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