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.
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.
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