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Heinz Edelmann
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Birth: Jun. 20, 1934
Death: Jul. 21, 2009

Graphic Artist, Filmaker. He is best known as the art director of the animated classic "Yellow Submarine" (1968). The psychedelic visual style he conceived for that film influenced commercial design for years and is still richly evocative of its era. Edelmann was born in Aussig, now in the Czech Republic, and studied at the Dusseldorf Art Academy. From 1958 he was active as a freelance artist in Germany and Holland, gaining attention for his boldly colored posters, book covers, and illustrations for the avant-garde magazine "Twen". In the Summer of 1967 director George Dunning invited Edelmann to London to work on "Yellow Submarine", but the script wasn't ready and he was not given a specific assignment. After two months of inactivity he decided to quit and vented his frustrations by drawing a series of villainous characters; these became the film's Blue Meanies, the Apple Bonkers, and The Glove. The producers liked the sketches and from then on Edelmann was a guiding force in the production, designing most of the characters and backgrounds and helping to develop the story. He let his imagination run rampant and cultivated a style of "visual overload" (his words) to cover the plot holes and maintain interest. There had been nothing like it before in mainstream animation and many viewers assumed he got his ideas from using hallucinogens. He set the record straight on that: "I had never taken any drugs. I'm a conservative, working class person who'd stick to booze all his life. And so I just knew about the psychedelic experience just by hearsay. And I guessed what it was". The enormous success of "Yellow Submarine" got Edelmann financial backing to form his own London cartoon studio, Trickfilm Workshop; it closed in 1970, dashing his dreams of making "The Lord of the Rings" as an animated rock opera with music by The Rolling Stones. Returning to freelance graphic art, primarily in Germany, he also taught at the Stuttgart State Academy of Art and Design from 1986 to 1999. In addition he designed the mascot "Curro" for Seville's Expo '92. He died in Stuttgart. (bio by: Bobb Edwards) 
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Record added: Jul 21, 2009
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