The animation director Jack Stokes, who has died aged 92, had an energetic career that lasted more than 50 years, of which the highlight was his work on the Beatles' groundbreaking animated feature film Yellow Submarine (1968).
Jack's connection with the Fab Four was first established in 1965, when the London animation studio Tvc was commissioned to produce an animated television series The Beatles. It was a great ratings success in the Us, although it was never shown in the UK. Made to the typical standards of TV cartoons at that time, it showed no hint of what was to come with the feature film.
He was contacted by the Beatles again to do the animated titles and inserts on their Magical Mystery Tour film, which aired on the BBC on Boxing Day 1967. The following year came Yellow Submarine: there was barely a script to work from,