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Famed Animator Of Beatles' Cartoons Makes Rare Appearance In Greenwich

Animator Ron Campbell discusses his work during an appearance at the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich.
Animator Ron Campbell discusses his work during an appearance at the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich. Video Credit: Jay Polansky
Beatles' animator Ron Campbell stopped by Greenwich Thursday.
Beatles' animator Ron Campbell stopped by Greenwich Thursday. Photo Credit: Jay Polansky

GREENWICH, Conn. — When Ron Campbell was asked to animate videos for the Beatles, he had one question: Who were they?

“I didn’t even know who The Beatles were,” Campbell said at a gallery show opening in Greenwich Thursday. “I thought the show was about insects.”

Campbell would later animate videos for what would become the legendary British rock group, including the band’s “Yellow Submarine” film. He also animated the 1960s Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series.

Since retiring, Campbell has taken to drawing his favorite cartoon characters. On Thursday, he made a rare appearance at the C. Parker Gallery in Greenwich.

He talked with fans and signed autographs. And he gingerly drew cartoons for children who came to visit him at a table in the front of the gallery.

Campbell said adults have approached him for drawings before. But he tells them they’re too tall. “If you’re short enough, I’ll do a drawing for you.”

In addition to the Beatles cartoons, 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” and dozens more.

His show runs through Sunday, Feb. 28 at the gallery, which is located at at 17 E. Putnam Ave.

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