The Beatles Cartoon (partially lost skits/bumpers of animated TV series; 1965-1967)
The Beatles Cartoon (more known as The Beatles Saturday Morning Cartoons) was an American animated TV series created by Al Brodax and based on the British Rock band of the same name. It ran from 1965 to 1969 (only 1965 to 1967 was first to run; later transmissions were reruns) with a total of 39 episodes, three seasons and 78 Singalongs. The series was a historical milestone as the first weekly television series to feature animated versions of real, living people. This show was more known for its "So bad it's good" nature, fanbase, and lore on the website "Tumblr."
After every episode, The Beatles cartoon usually had bumpers or skits (short bridges from commercial to feature) that had a storyline; Season 1 bumpers had five parts, but Season 2 and 3 bumpers were self-contained comedy sketches. These segments had a duration of 10, 20, or 30 seconds and were animated in Mexico City by Los Dibujos Animados.
The sketches frequently feature George and Ringo (mostly Ringo) trying a hobby or an adventure in which one of them ends up in trouble or lucky. Other sketches featured John and Paul getting into odd situations. In a few Season 1 skits, John or Paul help George and Ringo with a hobby or weird situation, while season 2-3 features Ringo and George (frequently George) in weird situations that always end in him getting injured.
The Skits from season 1 are available incomplete with Japanese Audio, and 2 of them are lost, the skiing segment is the only complete skit. It is available on YouTube while season 2-3 Self-Contained Bumpers has partially found except for two ones available in Japanese Audio as well. It's unknown if there are more bumpers and self-contained available on bootleg DVDs. Currently, the YouTube Channel: ALEXBEATLE has partially uploaded three completed bumpers in Spanish and only one in English.
During mid-2018, the Youtube User ALEXBEATLE has been uploading the skits and sketches of the show on his channel, but some of it has the original English audio missing.
List of Sketches (Season 1)
|1||Desert||The Beatles are lost in a desert||Found|
|2||Gigant Pearl||Ringo and George discover a giant pearl atop a tree||Partially Lost (First act is missing in English)|
|3||Sleepwalking||Ringo's sleepwalking makes him assume any animal whose name is mentioned.||Found|
|4||BeeKeeping||Ringo and George Beekeeping gives John the Hives||Found (Spanish Audio only)|
|5||Skiing||Ringo and George wind up in a ski race||Found|
|6||Fishing||Paul and John fishing trip leads them out of sea||Partially Lost
(Fourth act is missing in English)
List of Sketches (Season 2-3, All Self-Contained)
|1||Ringo encounters a man-eating plant.||Lost|
|2||Ringo Makes a Phone Call||Found|
|3||Ringo fixes George's Radio||Found|
|4||Ringo and the Fortune Teller||Lost|
|5||Ringo and the Beanstalk||Found|
|6||Ringo and George and the merry-go-round||Found|
|7||Ringo and the Alien||Found|
|8||Ringo and George on a Moose Hunting||Found|
|9||Ringo takes up shadow boxing||Found|
|10||Ringo takes on Judo||Found|
|11||Ringo finds an Island with a Bathtub Stopper||Found|
|12||Ringo has a car accident||Lost|
|13||Ringo's Serenade (Scenes from next week's show)||Lost|
|14||Ringo as a Cowboy (Scenes from next week's show)||Found|
|15||Ringo Flies (Scenes from next week's show)||Found|
- A page with a list of bumpers from the show. Retrieved 02 Jan '18
- A Russian Website with the description of beekeeping. Retrieved 08 Feb '18
- Information of the Cartoon with a Small description of the bumper. Retrieved 08 Feb '18