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Encyclopedia > The Beatles (TV series)

The Beatles is an American animated television series featuring the fanciful and musical misadventures of the extraordinarily popular British rock band. It ran from 1965 to 1969 on ABC in the USA. An animated series or cartoon series is a television series produced by means of animation. ... The Beatles were an English rock band from Liverpool whose members were John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... For the Stargate SG-1 episode, see 1969 (Stargate SG-1). ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) operates television and radio networks in the United States and is also shown on basic cable in Canada. ...


The series consisted of short animated stories that essentially were intended to set up the visual illustration of Beatles songs that are played in their entirety. In addition, there were sing along sequences with simpler imagery complementing the full lyrics of particular songs.


The series became notorious for its static depiction of the band in their early moptop and suit look as depicted in the live action film, A Hard Day's Night, despite the fact that the band moved beyond it during the series' run. This article is about the film. ...


The Beatles had nothing to do with the series' production beyond the use of their music recordings. (American actor Paul Frees did the voices of John and George while Lance Percival, of the Carry On series, did the more authentic sounding voices of Paul and Ringo.) In fact, the band disdained the series for its poor quality which discouraged them from participating significantly in the later animated feature film, Yellow Submarine. Only when the band saw and were impressed by the film's finished footage did they realize the film was a more ambitious creation. As a result, they agreed to appear in a short live action epilogue for it. Curiously, George Dunning, who would direct Yellow Submarine, had directed the animated series as well. Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 - November 2, 1986) was a voice actor born in Chicago. ... Lance Percival (born July 26, 1933) is a British actor, comedian and noted after dinner speaker born in Sevenoaks, Kent. ... Carry On was a straight edge hardcore punk band from California. ... Animation is the technique in which each frame of a film or movie is produced individually, whether generated as a computer graphic, or by photographing a drawn image, or by repeatedly making small changes to a model (see claymation and stop motion), and then photographing the result. ... For the song, see Yellow Submarine (song). ... London-born, George Dunning (1920-1979) became one of the most original, talented and productive animators of his time. ...


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