Producer John Coates Passes Away

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John Coates

John Coates

John Coates, one of the pro­duc­ers behind the ani­mated fea­ture adap­tion The Bea­t­les’ 1968 film Yel­low Sub­ma­rine, has passed away. He was in his eight­ies. He died at home in Kent, Eng­land on Sun­day fol­low­ing a bat­tle with cancer.

Start­ing his career in film as a dis­trib­u­tor in Asia, he went on to become one of the most respected fig­ures in ani­ma­tion after work­ing on the Fab Four’s psy­che­delic hit in the late 1960s.

He worked with bosses at Britain’s Chan­nel 4 on The Snow­man, which became a Christ­mas favorite and was nom­i­nated for an Ani­mated Short Film Acad­emy Award in 1983.

Coates also over­saw the pro­duc­tion of an ani­mated film ver­sion of clas­sic children’s tale The Wind in the Wil­lows for U.K. ITV and brought Beat­rix Potter’s ani­mal char­ac­ters to life for a small screen series.

At the time of his death, he had been work­ing on an updated ver­sion of The Snow­man to cel­e­brate its 30th anniver­sary. The new film will air in Britain this December.

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