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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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ANIME SHORT: "Poulette's Chair"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 22, 2014 3:05 PM
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Check out this beautiful little film "Poulette's Chair", a special anime short created to mark the 10th anniversary of Fuji Television's late-night programming block Noitamina. Hiroyasu Ishida directed this new short at Studio Colorido. Yojiro Arai (From Up On Poppy Hill) designed the characters and served as animation director.

Indian Animation - Weekly Update (#2)

  • By Fred Patten
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  • March 22, 2014 3:00 PM
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Continuing our series of weekly columns that survey films, television and trends in the Indian animation industry. These stores are mainly culled from Indian trade journals and these represent material for second half of January 2014.

Immersed in Movies: Pixar's Kelsey Mann Talks 'Party Central' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 21, 2014 11:21 PM
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Despite Pixar not having a feature this year, it worked out perfectly for the MU short, Party Central, to play in front of Muppets Most Wanted since Jim Henson was such an important influence on director Kelsey Mann. "They always had that manic energy when you got a group of the Muppets together. I wanted to get that over the top feeling in this short."

ANIME TRAILER: "Expelled From Paradise"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 21, 2014 7:45 PM
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Opening November 15th in Tokyo, here's our first look at "Expelled From Paradise" (Rakuen TsuiHo), directed by Seiji Mizushima (first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Gundamm 00), and written by Gen Urobuchi (Puella Magi Madoka Magica).

FIRST PEEK: WB's New "The Tom & Jerry Show"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 20, 2014 3:05 AM
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Here are the first clips from the new Flash animated Tom & Jerry Show, making its US debut on Wednesday April 9th at 5:30pm. The animation was produced by Warner Bros. Animation along with Darrell VanCitters' Renegade Animation shop in Glendale.

Crest Animation's "Alpha and Omega 3" Goes Direct-To-Walmart, Digital HD and VOD

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 20, 2014 3:00 AM
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Lest you thought you heard the last of Alpha and Omega - the two wolves who starred in the 2010 Lionsgate theatrical release from Rich Rich's Crest Animation Studios - you were mistaken. A direct-to-DVD sequel, Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games, will be released on March 25th, 2014 direct to Walmart, Digital HD and VOD. Here's a clip.

TEASER: Blue Sky's 3D CG "Peanuts"Movie

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 18, 2014 1:34 AM
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The teaser trailer from Blue Sky's eagerly anticipated Charlie Brown 3D CG "Peanuts" feature film has been released. From the look of it, the producers have made a wise move, keeping it as faithful to Schulz art as the fans expect. I'm jazzed!
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India Animation Update #1

  • By Fred Patten
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  • March 16, 2014 3:35 AM
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Today I begin posting a weekly selection of the announcements about news and trends from India's animation industry. I do this to give American animation professionals a glimpse of the animation being produced in an important country with an emerging cartoon industry of its own.

The Complete 2014 ANNIE AWARDS Ceremony Is Now Online

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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The entire 41st Annual Annie Awards ceremony from this past February 1st 2014 has been expertly edited down to two hours and is now post online. M.C'd by Patrick Warburton and featuring such diverse presenters and honorees as Steven Spielberg, Cloris Leachman, Josh Gad and Phil Tippett - this just might be the best way to watch it.

Immersed in Movies: Carlos Saldanha Talks 'Rio 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 14, 2014 12:00 PM
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In Rio 2 (opening April 11th), we go from Rio to the Amazon for a richer and more musical comedy/adventure with newcomers Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars joining Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids in the rainforest. Director Carlos Saldanha discusses raising the bar at Blue Sky.

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