One of the most famous artists in history has just passed away. Ron Campbell, who was well known to Beatle fans was 81. This tribute comes from his business partner and friend, Scott:
It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have received news that famed animator/producer/director/storyboard artist Ron Campbell has passed away at age 81. Ron was a dear friend and my business partner for over a decade. His death leaves a huge void.
Campbell was one of the final people who literally animated our childhoods. Ron’s career began In 1958 with cartoons such as Popeye, Beetle Bailey, Krazy Kat in his native Australia. His career spanned the entire golden age of Saturday Morning Cartoons, lasting 50 years. He retired in 2008 with the show Ed, Edd, n Eddy.
Making cartoon films was something Ron had dreamed of since he was 6 years old when he learned that the short films of Tom & Jerry that he saw in the theaters were only drawings. He was amazed that he could make drawings that could come to life….and that was it. He said he never woke up a day in his life and thought…damn I have to go to work.
Some of the many cartoons in which Ron had his hand in include: The Beatles feature film, Yellow Submarine, The Saturday Morning Beatles Cartoon Series, Scooby-Doo, Smurfs, Rugrats, Flintstones, Jetsons, Yogi Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Cool McCool, Sesame Street, The Big Blue Marble, George of the Jungle, Super Chicken, Tom Slick, Captain Caveman, Harlem Globetrotters, Darkwing Duck, Goof Troop, Rocket Power, Aah! Real Monsters, Talespin, Duckman, Winkey Dink and You….to name just a few!
After his retirement in 2008, Ron wanted a second act in life so he started creating paintings based on the cartoons that he was involved in (much like animator Chuck Jones, who did this in his retirement a generation before Ron). As he started touring the United States, visiting art galleries and meeting the audience that grew up with his cartoons, he realized something that never occurred to him at the time…..the incredible impact that cartoons had on the audience. Saturday Morning Cartoons were some of their happiest childhood memories. This created a special bond between Ron and the people who came out to meet him, see his artwork and even purchase a family heirloom.
As I continue to work with Ron’s family, we have a few remaining Ron Campbell
hand signed giclees in our inventory. They are currently available at https://www.rockartshow.com/collections/animation
until they are sold out. We also have a few original paintings available. Please contact me directly if you are interested in learning about them at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 389-1807. As for the future of Ron’s art program, it’s still up in the air. We may finish each edition with an estate stamp but no plans have been made as of now.
We’ll miss you Ron, an animation legend.