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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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Immersed in Movies: Gutierrez and del Toro Preview 'The Book of Life' Footage

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 15, 2014 1:50 PM
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Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro showed off some gorgeous-looking footage from The Book of Life (Oct. 17) at Fox on Monday. It boasts a distinctive design and a wonderfully tactile quality, revealing that Reel FX (Free Birds) has come of age as an animated indie. And it looks like fun, family entertainment that certainly breaks the CG norm, which del Toro emphasized.

FULL TRAILER #1: Disney's "Big Hero 6"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 15, 2014 11:04 AM
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Here it is, the long awaited full length trailer (#1) for Disney's follow-up to Frozen, an adaptation of a Marvel comic book "Big Hero 6" - and at first glance it looks like it's going to be a lot of fun.

ANIME TRAILER: "K Missing Kings"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 14, 2014 12:05 AM
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Eleven Arts is opening the anime feature "K Missing Kings" in over 50 theaters starting Friday. The film will play the Village East in New York and The Downtown Independent in Los Angeles. The LA premiere on Friday will feature a live Q&A with voice actor Masakazu Morita and producer Gou Nakanishi. The trailer is posted here.

COMIC CON: The Animation Panels

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 13, 2014 3:30 PM
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Comic Con International has unleashed its complete programming schedule today. We've jotted down just some of the panels, screenings and events related to animation. Please understand this is a partial listing - and does not include events on the exhibit floor, displays around town or parties scheduled at various hotels during the four day event.

COMIC CON: Cartoon Saloon to Preview "Song Of The Sea" and Launch "Designing Kells" Book

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 10, 2014 1:20 PM
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GKIDS, a distributor of award-winning animation for both adult and family audiences, announces that Kilkenny-based Cartoon Saloon will be launching their Designing The Secret of Kells book and unveiling never-before-seen clips from their upcoming feature film Song of the Sea, at San Diego Comic-Con this month.

Immersed in Movies: 'The Boxtrolls' Set Visit: Laika Embraces Victorian Steampunk

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 9, 2014 2:00 PM
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With The Boxtrolls (Sept. 26), Laika tackles its first period piece -- Victorian Steampunk -- as well as its first creature-oriented tale about an orphan boy, Eggs, raised underground by cave-dwelling trash collectors. The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling. And judging by my set visit last year in Portland and footage screened last month, The Boxtrolls is sure to be one of the year's best animated features and a prime Oscar contender.

CTN to Sneak Peek "Marc Davis: Walt Disney's Rennaissance Man"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 8, 2014 9:22 PM
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This Saturday CTN and Disney's Animation Reasearch Library are hosting a book launch, three months early, to toast and celebrate Disney Legend Marc Davis with amazing guests. This is the first sneak peek at “Marc Davis, “Walt Disney’s Renaissance Man”, a lavish new book being published by Disney this fall.

Danger Mouse Returns, With Former Male Characters Now Female

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • July 8, 2014 2:20 AM
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The iconic British cartoon Danger Mouse is getting a 21st century reboot (whether you agree with it or not) and as production gets going, we're starting to see details emerge as to exactly what form the new show will take. First off, some of the guys will now be girls.

FIRST LOOK: "Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 7, 2014 1:15 PM
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Check out this amazing five minute teaser for the upcoming Chinese feature "Master Jiang and the Six Kingdoms". The effects animation and scope will blow your mind - topped by the fact that the traditional animation in the trailer was made by only 2 animators: Li Wei and Pei Fei. It's due for release in China in 2016.

BOOK REVIEW: "The Art of Princess Mononoke"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 7, 2014 2:00 AM
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Anyone interested in Miyazaki’s work or animation in general will want the new edition of “The Art of Princess Mononoke,” and they’ll want to re-watch the film after reading it. The book also provides a reminder that 1999 was an exceptional year in animation history, when the Academy should have awarded an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

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