On Saturday September 25, 1965 at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on ABC, America was introduced to the Beatles Cartoons. The first cartoon series to ever feature a rock and roll group, it immediately became a hit with a 13 score and a 52 per cent share in ratings. Based loosely on the characters of theOn Saturday September 25, 1965 at 10:30 a.m. (EST) on ABC, America was introduced to the Beatles Cartoons. The first cartoon series to ever feature a rock and roll group, it immediately became a hit with a 13 score and a 52 per cent share in ratings. Based loosely on the characters of the Beatles as portrayed in their film, A Hard Day's Night, each half hour program consisted of two cartoons (each approximately 8-10 minutes long) and two singalong segments stuck in-between the two episodes.
Though the Beatles never took part in the creation and production of the show, save for the fact that their original music was used, the series still remains a favorite among fans who can remember getting up and eating a bowl of cereal while watching it. And thanks to MTV, Disney (who both aired the show sometime around the late 80's early 90's) and bootlegged copies, the show is continuing to enjoy an ever growing number of fans.
A King Features Production. Color. 39 Half-hour episodes. Syndicated.
Original ABC Schedule:
Season 1: 10:30 a.m. EST Saturdays - 26 new episodes
Season 2: 10:30 a.m. EST Saturdays - Only 7 new episodes, remainder were reruns
Season 3: 12:00 p.m. EST Saturdays - Only 6 new episodes, remainder were reruns
Season 4: 9:30 a.m. EST Sundays - No new episodes - reruns only
A.C. Gilbert Company
Quaker Oats Company
Mars Candy Company
Original Licensed Merchandise:
The Beatles Cartoon Kit- Colorforms
Candy Sticks- World Candies, Inc.
Inflatable Dolls- manufacturer unknown
Songs From A Music Adventure Cartoon Series- Hansen Publications, Inc.
Original Premium Giveaways:
Nestle's Quik- inflatable dolls
Lux Soap- inflatable dolls
You tell me that you've got everything you want
And your bird can sing
But you don't get me, you don't get me
You say you've seen seven wonders and your bird is green
But you can't see me, you can't see me
When your prized possessions start to wear you down
Look in my direction, I'll be round, I'll be round
When your bird is broken will it bring you down
You may be awoken, I'll be round, I'll be round
You tell me that you've heard every sound there is
And your bird can swing
But you can't hear me, you can't hear me… Expand
- Genre(s): Animation, Kids, Music
- Season 4 premiere date: Sep 25, 1965
- Episode Length: 30
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