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Jerry Beck Editor

Animation Scoop Editor Jerry Beck is a writer, animation producer and author of over 15 books on animation history. He is a former studio exec with Nickelodeon Movies and Disney, was instrumental in launching Animation Magazine, co-founded Cartoon Brew and has written for The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. He is on the faculty of Woodbury University in Burbank and his latest book is The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman.

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Robin Williams Animated Legacy

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 12, 2014 1:20 PM
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The Genie. Popeye. A friend to animation. Robin Williams forever changed comedy - but also the way we listen to animation voice over. Here are some of his highlights in that field.

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Disney's Hercules and Tarzan

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • August 10, 2014 1:30 AM
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Two Disney “second golden age” animated features make their debut this week on two Blu-ray releases this week, both about classic heroes and both showcasing vibrant design and meticulous artistry, down to the minutest detail.

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Disney's "The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad / Fun and Fancy Free / The Reluctant Dragon"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • August 9, 2014 2:11 AM
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When The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad Blu-ray was announced, there was no mention of Fun and Fancy Free being paired with it, much less the entire The Reluctant Dragon feature (not just the animated segment). But this Tuesday all three features will be available on one Blu-ray and one DVD. Here's my review.

TRAILER: Shout Factory's "Jack and The Cuckoo Clock Heart"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 8, 2014 8:30 PM
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Shout! Factory will theatrically release the animated feature Jack and the Cuckoo Clock Heart in theaters across the U.S. on September 24th. Directed by Mathias Malzieu and Stéphane Berla, with a voice cast including Orlando Seale (Pride and Prejudice) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones). Here's the latest version of the trailer.

Closing Up Shop is Precisely What Studio Ghibli Should Do

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • August 8, 2014 10:45 AM
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The internet rumour mill was firing on all cylinders this week with news that purported to show Studio Ghibli was stopping animation production and transforming into a copyright management entity instead. This apparent bombshell proved surprising to some, but in fact, is exactly what's to be expected and in fact, should be welcomed.

TRAILER #2: "The Book Of Life"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 7, 2014 1:13 PM
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The second trailer for The Book of Life dropped today and it's looking like quite a visual feast. Producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez are clearly creating an animated comedy with a unique visual style.

POSTER: "The Boxtrolls"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 7, 2014 12:35 PM
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Focus Features has released a new poster for The Boxtrolls, the stop-motion animated feature from Laika Studios. The story of an orphaned boy raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors, based on the novel ‘Here Be Monsters’ by Alan Snow, opens on September 26th.

TRAILER #2: "The Penguins Of Madagascar"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 6, 2014 7:11 PM
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On of the big surprises (to me) at Comic Con was the footage screened for the forthcoming Dreamworks feature The Penguins of Madagascar. The film simply looks hilarious. Directed by Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich - here is trailer 2.

FIRST LOOK: Mickey Mouse in "Captain Donald"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 5, 2014 8:10 PM
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It's time for a new episode from that amazing series of Mickey Mouse Shorts running on Disney Channel. In this short: Mickey’s eagerness to set sail on Donald’s boat leads him to reveal his deepest, darkest secret…he doesn’t know how to sail. Paul Rudish directed this short and we've got an exclusive 30-second advance clip.

First 7-Minutes of Disney's "Star Wars Rebels"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 5, 2014 1:10 AM
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Disney posted a sneak peek at the first seven-minutes of their upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels tonight on Disney XD - and we are the first to post the footage online.

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