In sad news, Robert Balser, one of the innovative animators behind The Beatles classic movie, Yellow Submarine, has passed away.
His wife, Cima, told leading animation website AWN.com that he died on January 4th from complications after suffering respiratory failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Balser, who also famously worked on Saturday morning TV’s, Jackson 5 cartoons in the early 1970s, was 88 years old.
Yellow Submarine was more than just a movie, it was also a beautiful piece of art, and had more than 200 artists working on the hand-drawn movie that took 11 months to complete on a budget of less than £690,000 ($1 million), back in 1968.
Set in the wonderful world of Pepperland, the movie is a testament to all that was 60’s psychedelia. Full of colour, shapes and bizarre creatures known as blue meanies, the movie featured some of the Beatles most classic songs including: “When I’m 64”, “Eleanor Rigby”, “Hey Bulldog”, “Nowhere Man”, “All You Need Is Love”, “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band”.
Talking about the movie’s evergreen appeal, Balser said in a 2012 interview with TribLive, “We didn’t say we’re going to do this because of this or that – it just happened,” Balser, who was also one of the few Americans to work on the film, also said: “I see how it works with little kids, with teenagers, how it’s engraved in the memory of older people. I think it resonates today, but I don’t know why.”
After Yellow Submarine, Balser went on to launched his own production company called, Pegbar Productions, which was based in Barcelona, Spain. The company went on to work on projects like The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe and The Charlie Brown And Snoopy Show in the 1980s.
Keeping with a music theme, Balser, also worked on the 1981 animated movie, Heavy Metal.
Check out the movie’s overview below, right here at Rock My World.