I think this'll be the last post in terms of 'big group things' here because really, for the most part you guys know about this stuff and I'm much better at reporting my thoughts as they happen on things like the upcoming Lennon doll (bzuh?) or Vol. 2 of the Capitol Albums (I don't get it, but if that floats your boat...)
-- Cartoons: I picked up 3/4ths of a Beatles cartoon figure set a few weeks ago from Virgin Megastore (I still need Ringo) and it got me on a Beatles cartoon kick. For those who don't know about the series by now, it was a Saturday morning cartoon that aired 1965 - 1967, the first cartoon to feature real... people, really. Or rock stars, in any case. It's not Emmy winning material -- it just reminds me of George of the Jungle or Rocky and Bullwinkle in terms of plots and animation, and the voices are crap (An American voice actor for John and George, an English voice actor for Paul and Ringo). It's not even the best Beatles 'cartoon' -- that's Yellow Submarine, which, despite its faults, is one of my top 3 animated films of all time -- but it's cute and silly and... well, you guys know, you understand the love.
And so I bought a set of the cartoons off eBay. ;)
Did I mention the fact that they sometimes show the Beatles in drag and a slashy manner? Here's some pictures and links regarding the series, if you're interested:
Beatle Cartoons: Not Yet Official Website: Lots of info including interviews, some sketches, episode guide, selection of caps from the series.
Nostalgia Central: The Beatles Cartoon: Brief summary with pictures.
ToonTracker.com: The Beatles: Same as above, except more pictures!
YouTube: Beatles Cartoons: This user has a couple of them up for viewing (online, no downloadable versions), including one of the nifty episodes, I Wanna Hold Your Hand (the original link). So far my favorite one is Paperback Writer, which involves each Beatle coming up with their own story on how they met each other. George's involves a James Bond-ish story, while John involves a fighter pilot.
This site has downloadable versions of 8 of the episodes, including the first and last (the 39th) episode.
-- Carl Perkins and Friends - Blue Suede Shoes: A Rockabilly Session: I love this special. Not only is there outstanding old rock and roll music but there's a ton of talented musicians including George, Ringo, and Eric Clapton.
George and Eric
Olivia, Barbara, and Pattie. Cool!
-- The Fest for Beatles Fans: Beatles + convention = it figures that the first convention I'll be attending is something related to the Beatles. Ordered the tickets a week ago. I can't wait to see the various guests and musical groups, and the merchandise and the ...aghaahh. Ahh. Aghaaahhh. Peter & Gordon! Pete Best! ...if I do see him I'll likely spend the time listening to how good he is on drums.