Ringo’s Surprising Reaction to “Cartoon Ringo”

Author: Bobby Mitchell

Ron Campbell, Beatles Yellow Submarine animator and Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series director will be painting, exhibiting, and talking cartoons at Danielle Peleg Gallery in West Bloomfield Friday July 15 through Sunday July 17. The exhibit is free and all works are available for purchase.

Campbell will also be exhibiting artwork featuring other beloved cartoon characters that encompass his 50-year career in Children’s Television such as Scooby Doo, the Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetsons, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles & more.

Bobby & Stacey spoke with Ron and asked him what Ringo thought of his cartoon likeness: “Well, when he first saw the television show, he came out of the screening room saying, ‘they made me the idiot!’”(laughter) Poor Ringo!”

They also asked if Ringo is a fan of Ron’s work: “He has a painting of mine. He had it up on his wall in his studio up on Sunset Blvd in Los Angeles; and I know that because he did an hour interview on ’60 Minutes’ and there it was – by his shoulder there.”

Hear the rest of the interview with Ron:

The Danielle Peleg Galler is located at 4301 Orchard Lake Road in West Bloomfield. Ron will be appearing during the following hours:

Friday, July 15th – 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Saturday, July 16th – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday, July 17th – 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot….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.

Yellow Submarine, recently celebrating its 47th anniversary, has become a permanent fixture in pop culture, defining the psychedelic 60s for generations to come. 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 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. 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 has helped bring to the screen.


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