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The Beatles cartoon series
24 May 2014
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There's already a topic on this, btw. @Zig or @Ahhh Girl, and you please merge?

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Note by Ahhh Girl 25 May 2014: Merge done. Topic title slightly altered.

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.

27 May 2014
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I expect that fans of the series will have to settle for watching Youtubes - I can't really see them releasing this on any commercial format anytime soon. (But who really knows?)

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
3 July 2014
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From The Examiner:

Ron Campbell, director of the Saturday morning “The Beatles” cartoon series that aired on ABC in the '60s and animator on the Beatles film “Yellow Submarine” will appear in San Francisco this month, it was announced July 1 by S.F. station KGO-AM Radio, which is sponsoring his appearance.

Campbell will appear at Antiquities of California at Pier 39 in San Francisco at the KGO 810 Beatles Cartoon Art Show commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles invasion of America. A VIP reception will be held for KGO listeners at the Hard Rock Cafe at Pier 39 July 11. Campbell will offer original cartoon paintings of the Beatles both from the ABC cartoon series and from “Yellow Submarine” for sale.

[x-posted at the news thread]

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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.

12 July 2014
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Examiner interview with Ron Campbell.

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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.

15 July 2014
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Just watched an episode on YouTube called "Penny Lane". Being from Liverpool myself i'm amazed the voice actors even got the job. Paul sounds Australian for a start. I might re-dub these myself:)

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Mistermark21 said
Just watched an episode on YouTube called "Penny Lane". Being from Liverpool myself i'm amazed the voice actors even got the job. Paul sounds Australian for a start. I might re-dub these myself:)

Indubidately, good chap! For one thing in particular, we, the people of the British Empire, do not all talk with such high class!

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15 July 2014
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MrMoonlight, the forumpudlian of distinction!!!

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12 September 2014
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Entertainment Weekly article on the cartoon.

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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.

13 September 2014
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Entertainment Weekly article on the cartoon.

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That pretty well sums it up.  It was done crappily, (especially the voices)a-hard-days-night-ringo-13  but as a Beatles fan, it is kind of fun & watchable.  Especially the sing alongs!

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13 September 2014
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vonbontee said
I expect that fans of the series will have to settle for watching Youtubes - I can't really see them releasing this on any commercial format anytime soon. (But who really knows?)

Although go to any record convention (or Ebay), and you will find it on Bootleg DVD sets

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25 September 2014
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Happy 49th anniversary to the cartoon! From Fab Four FAQ 2.0:

Also on September 25: On this day in 1965, The Beatles Cartoon series premiered on US television.

Reviled by some (Brits particularly, it seems) and loved as a nostalgic feature of a generation’s childhood, this low rent cash-in exercise in exploitation served to dumb down and amplify caricatures first established in A Hard Day’s Night: John, the leader; Paul the cute one; George, the taciturn second-tier Beatle, and Ringo, the lovable dummy. It began in arguably the year that American Beatlemania reached its zenith (when they played Shea and before bad press and weirdness took its toll in the public mindset) and ended in September 1969, although the final two years were all reruns.

Like The Honeymooners, there were a total of 39 episodes produced; though the last new installment aired in October 1967, the show’s makers ignored Sgt. Pepper’s existence completely (as well as the group’s evolving looks), venturing no further forward musically than the January single, “Penny Lane” / “Strawberry Fields Forever.” Seen in the clip posted here (coupling a pair of psychedelic John songs: “Rain” and “Strawberry Fields” - the former for the sing-along segment), the animators briefly toyed with updating John’s look for the latter tune, giving him glasses (but no moustache) - and then taking it away.

It remains one of the show’s most strikingly effective pieces of musical representation.

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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.

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