Sunday, January 24, 2021

Rest in Peace Ron


"Beatlemania" by Ron Campbell 

Mitch Axelrod interviews Ron Campbell at The Fest for Beatle fans in NYC 2014

Showing one of Ron's artwork at the Fest for Beatle Fans NYC 2014

I wanted to take a moment to acknowledge the passing of Ron Campbell this weekend.   If you aren't familiar with Ron, then I am sure you are familiar with his work.   Ron was a cartoonist.   He was one that worked on some really big-name shows:  Scooby-Doo, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, George of the Jungle, Rugrats, The Smurfs and so many others!

He also worked on the Beatles cartoon in 1965 which lead him into becoming one of the head animators on the Yellow Submarine movie.   Ron's work is some of the best scenes in the film.   He did most of the stuff with Max and the Cheif Blue Meanie and I believe all of the "Nowhere Man" song with Jeremy.   

While I don't believe he ever met The Beatles, his work on their animated projects should not be forgotten.   Ron made the Yellow Submarine into the classic film we love today.  

Once he retired, he spent time traveling around the country, displaying his artwork.  He was a frequent visitor at Beatle conventions where he showed himself to be a very kind and talented man who would happily sketch a cartoon Beatle for you.    

He will be missed.  

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