Abbey Road Meets Charlie Brown

I’m certain most of you know about The Beatles, and have probably at some point in your life seen the album cover where they walk across the Abbey Road. The original image of the Beatles on the crossing has become one of the most famous and imitated in recording history. One such spoof was recently done featuring the Peanuts’ gang Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock, & Marcie. Check it out below! The most interesting part is how the anamorphic chalk drawing appears when seen from a side.

For their front cover design (scroll further down), a photograph of the group traversing a zebra crossing, the photographer Iain Macmillan was given only ten minutes to take the photo whilst he stood on a step-ladder and a policeman held up the traffic. In the scene, the group walk across the street in single file from left to right, with Lennon leading, followed by Starr, McCartney, and Harrison. McCartney is barefoot.

It might be interesting to mention how to the left of the picture (parked next to the zebra crossing) is a white Volkswagen Beetle motor-car which belonged to one of the people living in the block of flats across from the recording studio. After the album was released, the number plate (LMW 281F) was stolen repeatedly from the car. The crossing is also a very popular destination for Beatles fans and there is even a webcam featuring it!

23 Replies to “Abbey Road Meets Charlie Brown”

  1. That is very well put together. While it a simple perspective trick, I must say that I am impressed with its subtlety

    1. nice road but is it the same place.?did they build apt in the foreground?move the sides too wow.upgrade but it has been years since the photo was 1st taken ..

  2. The chalk drawing looks so weird from the side… Their heads are so BIG. How cool would it be if the chalk drawing was done on Abbey Road!

  3. About Abbey Road meets Charlie Brown

    Tell me…it’s not really on Abbey Road.
    I don’t recognize anything of this so famous road !

    1. nope, it’s the German town of Geldethat ..that is a q from a nother website ..
      interesting to see the Real net geeks havent picked that up yet :-)

  4. I guess Schroeder wouldn’t lower his standards to participate in something related to the Beatles.

    Also, it looks like there was a lot of thought put into the order of the Peanuts gang in comparison with the original photo’s order.

  5. I love the Beetles. I love Charlie Brown too. I have a girlfriend named Abbey. It all fits together for me!!!!

  6. 3D Chalk Drawings are my favorite. I drew some myself in Illinois with my artist for a girlfriend, Abbey.

  7. Love it
    Love the live cam …every tourist posing on the crossing ..
    Cant do that in South Africa!! you will be a pancake ;-)

  8. In the Beetles album picture it show Paul looking different from the rest. In that album everyone thought that Paul died or one of the other band members killed him. If you played one of their songs (I can’t remember which one) backwards it sounds like a car crash then “I’m sorry Paul”. If was also suspected they hired a look-alike because supposedly Paul only smoked with his left hand, whereas in the picture it shows him using his right hand. I read it in an article somewhere and thought I’d share it. Ignore if you like.

    P.S. I’m 14 and never really had an interest in the Beetles so I’m sorry if I got a name or something wrong. Sorry.

  9. If you guys don’t know who are The Beatles, Here’s the information:

    The Beatles were an English rock band formed in Liverpool in 1960, becoming one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed acts in the history of popular music.[1] The band’s best-known lineup consisted of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr. Rooted in skiffle and 1950s rock and roll, the group later utilised many genres, ranging from pop ballads to psychedelic rock, often incorporating classical and other elements, in innovative ways. In the early 1960s, their enormous popularity first emerged as “Beatlemania”, but as their songwriting grew in sophistication, they came to be perceived by many fans and cultural observers as an embodiment of the ideals shared by the era’s sociocultural revolutions.

    The Beatles built their reputation playing clubs in Liverpool and Hamburg over a three-year period from 1960. They were moulded into a professional act by manager Brian Epstein, and their musical potential was enhanced by the creativity of producer George Martin. They gained popularity in the United Kingdom after their first single, “Love Me Do”, became a modest hit in late 1962. They acquired the nickname the “Fab Four” as Beatlemania grew in Britain over the following year, and by early 1964 they had become international stars, leading the “British Invasion” of the United States pop market. The group toured extensively around the world until August 1966, when they performed their final commercial concert. From 1966 on, they produced what many critics consider to be some of their finest material, including the innovative and widely influential albums Revolver (1966), Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967), The Beatles (1968), and Abbey Road (1969). After their break-up in 1970, the ex-Beatles each found success in individual musical careers. Lennon was murdered in 1980, and Harrison died of cancer in 2001. McCartney and Starr remain active.

    The Beatles are the best-selling band in history, with sales of over one billion units estimated by EMI Records.[2] They have had more number-one albums on the British charts and sold more singles in the UK than any other act. According to the RIAA, as of 2012 they have sold 177 million units in the US, more than any other artist, and in 2008 they topped Billboard magazine’s list of the all-time most successful Hot 100 artists. As of 2012, they hold the record for most number-one hits on the Hot 100 chart with 20. They have received 7 Grammy Awards from the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score and 15 Ivor Novello Awards from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors. They were collectively included in Time magazine’s compilation of the 20th century’s 100 most influential people.


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