Beatles Animator Ron Campbell

Saturday July 14, 2018 - Wednesday July 18, 2018
12:00pm - 7:30pm
Exhibits free to the general public

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles film Yellow Submarine, TCAN will host the legendary animator and director Ron Campbell in a rare special appearance. Ron is globally recognized as one of the original animators and director of the American animated television series The Beatles, and as an animator on Yellow Submarine. Ron will showcase his original Beatles cartoon paintings created especially for the exhibit and create new Beatles pop art paintings at the exhibit. Ron will also feature other artwork based on his 50-year career in cartoon animation including Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, The Flintstones, The Jetsons and more. The exhibit is free to the general public and all works are available for purchase.

Campbell will also host screenings of Yellow Submarine at TCAN and participate in a Q&A at the beginning of each screening.


Saturday, July 14th – 12 noon – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 15th – 12:00 noon – 4:00 pm (film screens at 4pm)
Monday, July 16th – 4pm – 7:30pm (film screens at 7:30pm)
Tuesday, July 17th – 4pm – 7:30pm (film screens at 7:30pm)
Wednesday, July 18th – 4pm – 7:30pm (film screens at 7:30pm)


Since its release, Yellow Submarine has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. Ron Campbell animated 12 minutes of the film including the Sea of Time sequence and the characters: Chief Blue Meanie, Max (his sidekick) and Jeremy, the Nowhere Man. 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. At 78 years old, Ron is the lone surviving animator living in America to work on the film.

In addition to his work on the Yellow Submarine, Ron Campbell directed The Beatles Saturday morning cartoon series which debuted on ABC on September 25th 1965. The show was a ratings juggernaut at times garnering a 67 share! It continually fueled new music to the young kids of America as they followed the bouncing drumstick to each Beatles tune. Campbell also wrote the forward to the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons.”

Campbell has also been involved with some of the most beloved cartoons including, Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, the Smurfs, Goof Troop, Rugrats, Ed, Edd & Eddy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Yogi Bear 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. He exhibits his pop art in galleries worldwide. TCAN is thrilled to provide this limited engagement showing and buying opportunity for music and art enthusiasts and their families.