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Ron Campbell, Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Animator & Band’s Saturday Morning TV Cartoon Series Director, Appearing at SXSW


Ron Campbell, Beatles’ Yellow Submarine Animator & Beatles Saturday Morning TV Cartoon Series Director To Make Rare Live Appearance During SXSW ~ Painting, Exhibiting, and Talking Cartoons ~ at “Wild About Music” on 6th Street Near Congress in Austin, Saturday, March 8th – Saturday, March 15th

Legendary Animator/Director Will Be Exhibiting His Original Beatles Cartoon Art and Painting New Works Live During His Appearance ~ All Works Will Be Available for Purchase

 Beatles cartoon 2It was 50 years ago that the Beatles invaded the United States, performing for 73 million people on the “Ed Sullivan Show” and beginning their long-lasting domination of the US pop charts. Now, five decades later, the Fab Four continue to be the most celebrated musical group in rock history. Beatles celebrations including many television, radio and live concert tributes continue throughout the country. Ron Campbell, director of the 1960s Saturday morning Beatles’ cartoon TV series and animator of the Beatles’ film Yellow Submarine, will mark the historic anniversary by appearing live during SXSW. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created especially for the show and will create new Beatles pop art paintings live at the exhibit.


WHO              Ron Campbell, Director of the Beatles 1960s Saturday Morning Cartoon series and animator of film Yellow Submarine.

WHAT           Ron Campbell will be offering for sale dozens of original cartoon paintings of the Beatles both in their ABC Cartoon and Yellow Submarine roles. These works of art were created especially for the SXSW showcase.

WHERE            Wild About Music, 115 E. 6th Street, Austin, TX

WHEN                Saturday, March 8 – Saturday, March 15

                         1:00 pm – 9:00 pm (except Sunday 1:00 pm – 6:00pm)

Beatles cartoonDETAILS      Ron Campbell, director of the legendary Saturday morning Beatles’ cartoon series that aired on ABC from September 25, 1965 through April 20, 1969. and animator on the Beatles film Yellow Submarine, will make a rare personal during SXSW at Wild About Music, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ historic invasion of America.

Campbell also wrote the forward to Beatletoons, the definitive book on the Beatles’ cartoon series. The series received monstrous ratings in its time slot ~ a 67 share! It continually fueled new music for the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune.

Yellow Submarine, which recently celebrating its 45th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for all generations since. In his book Up Periscope, Yellow Submarine Producer Al Brodax gives Ron Campbell a great deal of credit for saving the movie and tying it all together at the last minute.

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons ever ~ Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Ed, Edd & Eddy and dozens more. Campbell’s former studio was awarded a Peabody and an Emmy for his work in children’s television. Since retiring after a 50 year career, he has been painting subjects always based on the animated cartoons he helped bring to the screen.  With particular emphasis on The Beatles, he shows his Cartoon Pop Art in galleries worldwide.


Wild About Music has been Austin’s independently owned, unique music lifestyle shop and gallery since 1991.  The 5,000-sq-ft gallery is located on 6th street, near Congress, in the heart of Austin’s downtown entertainment district.