Original Beatles Toons

(Picture above is YouTube screenshot)

The Beatles-inspired Beat Bugs premiered one year ago today on Netflix and went on to win a Daytime Emmy (for Writing in a Preschool Animated Program).

But what about the Beatles cartoons that kids were watching some 50 years ago? The Saturday morning series called simply The Beatles received no honors whatsoever, except from loyal viewers who tuned in weekly for two cartoon shorts titled after — and featuring — specific Fab Four songs .

King Features produced 39 episodes of The Beatles for ABC between 1965 and 1967. The shows were rerun in the late ‘80s, first on MTV and later on The Disney Channel. Then in the early ‘90s, the Beatles’ own Apple Corps finally gained control of The Beatles cartoons – and they haven’t been seen since.

Officially, that is. We located a big bunch of episodes posted 10 years ago on DailyMotion. Here, in decidedly low definition, is the final show, originally aired Oct. 21, 1967. It features “Wait” and “”I’m Only Sleeping” cartoons, plus an interstitial of audience sing-alongs (with on-screen lyrics) to “Penny Lane” and “I’m Only Sleeping”:

With the TV series history, the same King Features team proceeded to produce – this time with Apple’s involvement — the more adult, much-beloved and never-suppressed 1968 animated movie Yellow Submarine. You can rent Yellow Submarine on iTunes for $3.99 SD or $4.99 HD.

Here’s the original trailer:

(Note: This article, an updated version of one published a year ago today, is part of our summer Throwback Thursday series.)

About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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