Legendary animator brings art show to Wilmington

Animator and painter Ron Campbell

The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoon, Beetle Bailey, Cool McCool, The Smurfs, Rugrats, Scooby-Doo and many other animated features all have something in common: Ron Campbell was involved with their animation.

Campbell, born in Australia and now living in Arizona, still paints in retirement and travels for art shows. He will be talking about his 50-year career in animation and presenting his works of art - which will be for sale - at The Baby Grand Gallery at The Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street in Wilmington.

Campbell became fascinated as a child about the concept of drawing pictures that "came alive." He learned as much as he could about animation before enrolling in art school. His career path took him to Hollywood.

The producer of The Beatles' Yellow Submarine feature film in a book credited Campbell with actually saving the movie by tying it together at the last minute.

Over the years, technology became more of a force in animation.

"I worked actually directing the very last scene of the very last episode of the very last Saturday morning TV show that was done by hand," Campbell said. "At that point I put my pencil down 50 years and one month after I began."

Campbell added that the computer generated animation which evolved is generally high-quality and entertaining. Now, he gets to meet the audience in person.

"The effect that our cartoons had on their lives was far greater than any of us ever really suspected," Campbell said. "It's just fun now for me in my retirement just to do paintings and meet the audience."

"It's a wonderful way to retire."


Ron Campbell will appear at the Baby Grand Gallery:

Fri. Nov. 1st, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Sat. Nov. 2nd, 12 noon - 6:00 p.m.

Sun. Nov. 3rd, 12 noon - 4:00 p.m.

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Mark Fowser is a veteran journalist in Delaware.