In 1986, Yoko Ono commissioned the Oscar-winning animator John Canemaker to bring to life the drawings and doodles of John Lennon (1940-1980), culminating in the release of a short film called The John Lennon Sketchbook. Almost 30 years later, that film has now been officially released on YouTube.
A product of Liverpool’s art schools, John Lennon drew throughout his life, illustrating two of his books with playful drawings, and drawing Christmas Cards for Oxfam, just to cite two examples. You can see Lennon’s visual talents on full display in The John Lennon Sketchbook, a short animation that is pretty whimsical and fun — until the very end, when Lennon seemingly predicts his own violent death in the audio recording that serves as the film’s soundtrack.
The John Lennon Sketchbook will be added to the Animation section of our larger collection, 1,150 Free Movies Online: Great Classics, Indies, Noir, Westerns, etc..