The Beatles pop art show featuring the works of late host Ron Campbell arrives in Mechanicsburg

The Beatles as well as Scooby Doo, The Smurfs, Rugrats, Jetsons, Flintstones and many more are among the works of art on display and are all based on the late 50-year career. Ron Campbell.

Ron Campbell literally animated our childhood. Beginning in 1958 in his native Australia with cartoons like Popeye, Beetle Bailey and Krazy Kat, Campbell’s career spanned the entire golden age of Saturday morning cartoons. Sadly, Campbell passed away in January 2021 at the age of 81, but he left behind dozens of paintings he created during his retirement. These paintings were inspired by many beloved cartoons he was a part of, including The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon Series, Yellow Submarine, Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats, Winnie the Pooh, George of the Jungle, Jetsons, Flintstones and ending his career with Ed, Edd n’Eddy. Ron CampbellThe animated paintings will be on display and available for purchase at a special pop-up art exhibit for three days only – from Friday, November 5 through Sunday, November 7 at the Pure Gallery, 1410 Saxon Way in Mechanicsburg.

In 1964, while still in Australia, Campbell was awakened by a phone call from King Features producer Al Brodax. Brodax informed Campbell that they had just sold a new show and that he would like him to direct it. When Campbell asked for the name of the show, Brodax replied … The Beatles. Campbell remarked … “It’s great but the bugs make terrible characters for children’s cartoons.” Campbell quickly learned a lot about the Fab Four, directing more than half of the episodes that debuted on ABC-TV on September 25, 1965. This has continuously fueled new music for young children in America as they followed the bouncing wand of every Beatles track. The Saturday Morning Beatles cartoon series received monstrous ratings in its time slot … a share of 67! Campbell also wrote the front of the definitive book on the Beatles cartoon series “Beatletoons”.

After moving to America, Campbell was again approached by Brodax to help animate the Beatles animated feature, Yellow Submarine. Campbell went on to animate numerous scenes, including the Sea of ​​Time sequence and much of the action between Chief Blue Meanie and his sidekick Max as well as the character of Nowhere Man.

Through his workshop, Ron Campbell Films, Inc., Campbell has also been featured in some of the most beloved cartoons over three generations including Scooby Doo, Winnie The Pooh, Krazy Kat, George of the Jungle, The Jetsons, The Flintstones, The Smurfs, Goof Troop, Sesame Street, Captain Caveman, Rugrats, Ed, Edd n’Eddy, Yogi Bear and dozens of others. Her show “The Big Blue Marble” has won numerous awards, including a Peabody for Excellence in Broadcasting and an Emmy for Best Children’s Show of the Year. After retiring from a 50-year career, Campbell began painting subjects still based on the cartoons he helped bring to the screen. With a focus on The Beatles, his Cartoon Pop Art has been featured in galleries around the world. More information on Ron Campbell can be found at


The cartoon illustration of Ron Campbell, director of the 1960s Beatles Saturday morning cartoon series and host of the movie Yellow Submarine. Also involved in Scooby Doo, Rugrats, Smurfs, Winnie the Pooh, Flintstones, Jetson’s, George of the Jungle, Yogi Bear and many more.


Pure Gallery will be offering for sale cartoon paintings of The Beatles in their Saturday Morning Cartoon and Yellow Submarine roles along with various other works by Ron Campbell50 years of animation career including Scooby Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats and more.


Pure Gallery (in Arcona stores), 1410 Saxton Way, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055 (717) 620-8290 (Please note: for GPS users – the best address is the Thea restaurant across the parking lot at 1303 Saxton Way.)

When: Friday November 5 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday November 6 – 12 p.m.-6 p.m.

Sunday November 7 – 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

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