Set of four framed original hand drawn sketches by Dennis Hunt made for The Beatles 1965-69 cartoon series, one featuring each of the four Beatles. The animator has colorized the drawings to create the effect of movement. Animation artists would draw these sketches as the first part of the production process and the cels used in the cartoon would be created off these pencil sketches.
The series ran from 1965 to 1969 on the ABC television network in the U.S., ITV in the UK and the ABC network in Australia. It lasted for 39 episodes and marked the first time a weekly animated series based on real people was broadcast on television. In addition to this series, Hunt also worked on The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine animated film.
Originally consigned by Hunt to Tracks UK, a letter from Hunt that he wrote describing some origin of the "movement" sketches is included. In it he describes how George (presumably producer George Dunning, not Harrison) encouraged him to follow up on his idea to better animate the movement of the characters: "The Beatles series was limited animation - most of the time they would be sticking one finger up, blinking their eyes and flapping their lips. Over lunch one day with George I foolishly said I thought it would be nice if the animation was good when they were moving from place to place. George agreed..."
These original drawings are framed in a full float style with acid-free mattes and materials so that the edges of the original drawings are preserved and can be seen. An engraved metal plate sets off each piece. As of posting this item, the set of all four Beatles is available at a special price over the drawings individually. If you'd like to buy these individually you also can do so, but don't delay since we only have one of each which you can see here. Don't miss this opportunity to get these original pieces of 1960s art from the iconic Beatles cartoon series.
Note: Don't delay if you're interested in this set of all four at the sale price since it will no longer be available once any of the four individual listings sell.
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- Original hand drawn sketches by animator Dennis Hunt of George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr
- Made for The Beatles 1965-69 cartoon series
- This is a set of four framed cartoon drawings, one for each Beatle
- Sketches are on European size binder paper measuring 13" x 10.5" (33cm x 26.5cm)
- Sketches are Excellent condition with only minor yellowing, mostly at the very edges
- Framed size of each of the four is 22" x 18"
- MusicGoldmine Premium Framing - framed with UV-filtering, mar resistant ACRYLITE® ("plastic glass"), acid-free matte materials and engraved metal plate
- Rare piece of Beatles history
- FREE insured shipping to continental U.S.
- International shipping available