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Renowned Beatles cartoonist Ron Campbell to exhibit at The Grand

Beatles aficionados will have a unique opportunity to meet Ron Campbell, director of the 1960s Saturday morning animated TV series The Beatles and one of the animators of The Beatles film Yellow Submarine, on the weekend of Nov. 1-3 at the Baby Grand Gallery at The Grand (818 Market St.).

Campbell will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings, created specifically for the show, as well as paint original remarques for customers who purchase any of his artwork. Campbell will also feature other artwork based on his 50-year career in cartoons, including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, The Smurfs, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, and more. The exhibit is free, and all works will be available for purchase.

Following The Beatles’ ground-breaking performance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, and in the midst of their domination of the U.S. pop charts, ABC debuted The Beatles, a 30-minute Saturday morning animated TV series, in 1965. It became a ratings hit for the network and was among the highest rated Saturday morning cartoons. Campbell also wrote the foreword to the definitive book on the popular animated series Beatletoons.

The Beatles classic animated film, Yellow Submarine, celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. The film has become a fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic ‘60s for generations to come. In his book, Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine producer Al Brodax gives Campbell much credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Here is Campbell’s appearance schedule at The Grand:  Friday, Nov. 1 (4-8pm); Saturday, Nov. 2 (noon-6pm); Sunday, Nov. 3 (noon-4pm).

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