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All of the artwork presented on BeatleBay is guaranteed 100% authentic and genuine as created by TVC London for King Features Syndicate in London England during late 1967 through mid 1968 for The United Artists feature film The Beatles Yellow Submarine!   This collection is being offered Exclusively and Only Here at www.BeatleBay.com!!!   Many of the pieces are very rare, extreme examples, that seldom surface for sale.  This is a new category of original Yellow Submarine Artwork we are presenting here for the first time:  These are Pre-Production Pieces that were created during the conceptual, design process of the film!!  The items presented below were originally hand drawn and/or hand painted by TVC London veteran Jon Cramer.  Each item presented below is from the estate of Jon Cramer.  These are one of a kind, extremely rare artwork!  Heinz Edelmann, art director for the movie, asked Jon Cramer to produce concept designs for the submarine itself, and with some final tweaks from Heinz,  Jon Cramer's design was chosen as the final version.  However since Jon was an employee of TVC London, his name was never personally credited in the movie credits.  Below are the actual original concept designs for The Yellow Submarine and several original Storyboards, each piece hand drawn, hand painted and hand notated by Jon Cramer himself!!!  Each piece of original artwork is copyright King Features Subafilms Limited, London, England UK 1968.  The Yellow Submarine project was headed up by KFS veteran Al Broadax,  who already had a long running hit TV cartoon show of The Beatles during the early years of Beatlemania simply called The Beatles

    The creation of this movie and the artwork that followed involved many steps.  We will give you a quick summary of how cels, drawings and backgrounds were created:  TVC London consisted of several dozen animators along with a production team.  Heinz Edelmann was the art director and had final say of how each of the Beatles and each of the characters in the film looked and acted.  It was Heinz who created a master set of characters for each of the animators to use to create all the drawings and cels from.   The process to create a production art cel is as follows... first the animator would draw the character on a blank sheet of white paper.  These are called animation drawings.  Once the drawing on paper was finalized,  the animator would then overlay the drawing sheet with a sheet of clear acetate (or celluloid sheet) and then using a fine point black ink pen would outline the character.  The animator would also make notes along the peg hole side of the celluloid sheet which identified where in the movie this art cel was to be used.   Once the outline was finished,  the animator would then turn the celluloid sheet over and paint in the different sections in whatever colors were to be used for that character.  So a finished art cel has a character that has been created using both sides of the clear celluloid sheet;  the black outline of the character is on the front side and the painting of the colors is on the reverse side!  A very cool process!!   Once the production watercolor hand painted backgrounds were created,  these clear celluloid sheets were overlaid onto the backgrounds and then filmed.  A very tedious process compared to today's Computer Generated Imaging!  The making of an animated film using hand painted art cels with hand painted backgrounds ended in the 1980s with the invent of CGI.

    Most of these art cels and drawings were sold in stores such as Hallmark in late 1969 and during1970 in cardboard matted 16" x 20" frames which normally contained  1, 2 or 3 art cels or one drawing.   When the film was finished, all of the original artwork that wasn't wanted and kept by some of the original animators or the production team,  were all packaged for retail sale to the general public.  Whichever cels didn't overlap normally went into the cardboard matting, usually 2 sometimes 3 or more.  Adhered to the back of this frame was one of King Features Subafilms Ltd. Certificates of Authenticity (COAs).  These measured approx 6" x 8" and featured a round gold foil sticker on the bottom right side of this certificate which stated "ONE OF A KIND ORIGINAL ART From The Full Length Cartoon Feature The Beatles Yellow Submarine - A Collectors Treasure".  These certificates were printed on parchment paper and are included in some of the animation artwork in this collection.  The matted prints were then shrink-wrapped and sent out to retail stores such as Hallmark worldwide.  The rarest and most valuable cels and the largest ones and ones that take up much of the 12" x 16" palette most of these art cels use.   A typical art cel is painted onto a 12" x 16" clear sheet of acetate which almost always have one of the edges with peg holes for the animators to secure their piece down.  Many original drawings are on plain white paper sheets that range from 12" x 16" to as large as 16" x 34" and these usually have alignment peg holes too.  There are also handwritten codes along that same peg hole edge which identified the scene number and frame.  We will translate all of these codes for you in each items' description as much as possible.  Some of the easier codes are NWM for the Nowhere Man sequence; SOT for Sea Of Time; SOM for Sea Of Monsters; SOS for Sea of Science; SOG for Sea of Green.  Some are even easier as BULLDOG or BD was for the Hey Bulldog sequences.  The rarest and most sought after Yellow Submarine artwork from the movie are the original backgrounds.  The backgrounds were usually hand painted using watercolor paint.  Some original backgrounds are simply incredible to behold!!    Items are arranged for sale by Animation Drawings then Animation Cels.

    They were all hand-painted in London England from November 1967 through July 1968 by TVC (TV Cartoons) for King Features Subafilms Ltd. The movie premièred July 16, 1968 at the London Pavilion in Piccadilly Circus London England.  All of the Beatles were present during the opening premiere of the movie.   It showed to rave reviews even though the actual Beatles had little to do with the production of the film.  The Fab Four  would stop by the studios from time to time to see how production was progressing, but didn't participate on the day to day production of the film.  The Beatles voices were originally to be used but because of time constraints, they used others with similar voices.  However at the end of the actual film, The Beatles themselves are actually shown live, talking and joking for about a minute before John Lennon counts off "one, two, three, four" and the movie ends with the song All Together Now!!!

    These art animation cels, drawings and production backgrounds have proven to be a top notch blue chip investment over the years.  Each piece is truly one of a kind artwork from a by-gone era where movement in cartoons was created by filming 16 hand painted pictures per second.  Today this is achieved using computers and CGI.   Luckily the artwork from this animated feature film was saved by Beatles fans like you and I back in 1969!   ENJOY!

    Please Note: If there are any clients who would like to make a package deal for parts of the collection or even the entire collection as is, please contact us directly at SALES@BEATLEBAY.COM.  We will surely try to accommodate any of your offers.   Lastly, if you have any original 1968 Yellow Submarine production art cels, drawings or backgrounds contact us as we are currently actively buying artwork too!!!



Original 1968 Art Animation Pre-Production Drawings and Story-board Drawings
These pre-production concept drawings and storyboards drawings were done on plain paper approximately 43 years ago in 1968 and most pages have tanned in color over time and exhibit signs of handling, minor creasing, etc.  These items are extremely rare and hardly ever surface for sale!   Presented below is original Yellow Submarine design concept artwork and storyboards from the estate of the Jon Cramer, TVC company veteran and senior artwork designer for The Beatles Yellow Submarine motion picture. 


  Item YSAD705:  The Beatles 1968 original Art Animation Pre-Production STORYBOARD SCENE from the 1968 The Beatles Yellow Submarine motion picture!!!  Offered is an original Yellow Submarine pre-production Storyboard from the 1968 major motion picture!!!  Unlike most art cel drawings or art cels which number in the thousands, these were concept drawings, one of a kind artwork created at the very beginning of the project itself, while finalizing the design of the submarine and the characters used in the film.  This type of original Yellow Submarine artwork is few and far between!!  Check out the new Yellow Submarine DVD released on Blue Ray in 2012 and in the Special Features section you'll see they featured 3 different original storyboards drawn for the film;  2 of them were used in the final version and 1 wasn't used in the final version...just like this fabulous item!!!  This pre-production Storyboard features George Harrison and an Elephant in a scene that was never used in the final version of the film!!!  A comical scene where Ringo is being chased through Town, then the camera was to zoom in on George sitting on an Elephant!!!  Jon Cramer was Assistant Art Director for The Beatles Yellow Submarine who was tasked with many of the original storyboards, per Heinz Edelmann himself.   We guarantee this item is 100% authentic hand-drawn artwork from the 1968 motion picture as are all the pieces from this collection.   This pre-production artwork is on 12.5" x 10.5" page, with animators' peg holes at the bottom edge, all hand drawn by senior TVC London artist Jon Cramer.  Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition.  This lot will be accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity (LOA) from the Estate of Jon Cramer with additional copies of other supporting documentation, thus providing solid provenance for this great piece!    SALES PRICE $2,495.

  
 

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  Item YSAD706:  The Beatles 1968 original Art Animation Pre-Production STORYBOARD SCENE from the 1968 The Beatles Yellow Submarine motion picture!!!  Offered is an original Yellow Submarine pre-production Storyboard from the 1968 major motion picture!!!  Unlike most art cel drawings or art cels which number in the thousands, these were concept drawings, one of a kind artwork created at the very beginning of the project itself, while finalizing the design of the submarine and the characters used in the film.  This type of original Yellow Submarine artwork is few and far between!!  Check out the new Yellow Submarine DVD released on Blue Ray in 2012 and in the Special Features section you'll see they featured 3 different original storyboards drawn for the film;  2 of them were used in the final version and 1 wasn't used in the final version...just like this fabulous item!!!  This pre-production Storyboard includes 3 pages and features The Beatles as Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band in scenes that were never used in the final version of the film!!!  It is titled "SGT PEPPERS BAND-AID 1" at the top.  Jon Cramer was Assistant Art Director for The Beatles Yellow Submarine who was tasked with many of the original storyboards, per Heinz Edelmann himself.   We guarantee these items are 100% authentic hand-drawn artwork from the 1968 motion picture as are all the pieces from this collection.   These pre-production artwork pieces are each on a 12.5" x 10.5" page, with animators' peg holes at the bottom edge, all hand drawn by senior TVC London artist Jon Cramer.  Overall in Very Good to Excellent condition. This lot will be accompanied by a Letter of Authenticity (LOA) from the Estate of Jon Cramer with additional copies of other supporting documentation, thus providing solid provenance for these great pieces!    SALES PRICE $6,995.

   
     
 

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