Ron Campbell, Beatles Animator, Dies at 81

Ron Campbell, the director for much of the Saturday morning Beatles cartoon series and an animator on the Beatles film, Yellow Submarine, died on January 22, 2021. News of his passing at age 81, in Phoenix, Ariz., where he lived with his wife, Engelina, was announced by Scott Segelbaum, his longtime business partner.

Campbell was born on Dec. 26, 1939, in Seymore, a small town in the Australian state of Victoria, educated at Swinburne Art Institute in Melbourne. He began his animation career in the late 50s, soon working on such favorites as Beetle Bailey and Krazy Kat.

He made his big mark when he directed the successful TV cartoon series The Beatles, which aired from 1965-1969. The show featured the Beatles’ own music with actors voicing the characters of John, Paul, George and Ringo. Most of the episodes were produced at Artransa Park Studios in Sydney, Australia.

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