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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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"The Simpsons" Couch Gag by Sylvain Chomet

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 6, 2014 4:00 PM
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French director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionst) created the couch gag on this weeks episode of The Simpsons - and it is sublime!

Interview: Peter Key - Son of Ted Key, Creator of "Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • March 6, 2014 2:30 PM
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If all Ted Key had done in his career were to create the characters and format that became Mr. Peabody and Sherman, it would be impressive enough. But the cartoonist/writer/art director was also creator of the long-running cartoon/TV sitcom Hazel, and three hit Disney comedy/fantasies. I spoke to son Peter, about his father's remarkable career.

Peafur Productions and Jeff "Swampy" Marsh team to produce "Unstable"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 6, 2014 5:00 AM
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Peafur Productions and Surfer Jack Productions announced at Cartoon Movie a new 2-D animated theatrical feature “Unstable” is moving into development - with the star studded animation team of Jeff ‘Swampy’ Marsh (“Phineas & Ferb”), David Freedman (“Groove High”) and top BBC Comedy Producer, Gareth Edwards (“Mitchell & Webb”).
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TEASER #3: Laika's "The Box Trolls"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 5, 2014 4:42 PM
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Featuring the song (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care performed by Cee Lo Green, the third trailer from Laika's much anticipated stop-motion feature The BoxTrolls.

DreamWorks to release "Chicken Run", "El Dorado" and more in Triple Feature Blu-ray sets

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • March 5, 2014 2:30 PM
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DreamWorks Animation will release some of its earliest titles to Blu-ray this May. The films will hit stores via two Triple Feature collections focusing on the studio's Aardman and traditionally-animated efforts.

World Animation Master Classes

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 5, 2014 2:35 AM
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Attention Animators! Lee Murray is producing a pretty amazing 3 day masterclass for animation, this May in the UK. Here are the details.
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"Venture Bros: The Complete Fifth Season" is Here!

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 5, 2014 12:01 AM
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What do Aziz Ansari, Paget Brewster, Bill Hader, John Hodgman, Tim Meadows and J.K. Simmons have in common? They all appear on "The Venture Bros. Season Five" which just arrived on DVD and blu-ray.
More: Adult Swim

FIRST LOOK: "Paddington" Teaser

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 4, 2014 8:30 PM
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Here's our first peek at "Paddington", a live action/CG animation hybrid film, based on a classic series of children's books. It's opening in UK cinemas on November 28th, and the film will be released in the US via Harvey and Bob Weinstein's TWC-Dimension, probably in the early months of 2015.
More: Paddington

Joe Pearson Talks "War Of The Worlds: Goliath"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • March 4, 2014 2:00 PM
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Joe Pearson's War of the Worlds: Goliath opens in selected cities (and VOD) this Friday. It begins at the end of H.G. Wells' famed novel, then flashes forward fifteen years to the Martians' inevitable return. The film is beautifully realized via a surprisingly seamless blend of CG and hand-drawn animation. Yes, HAND-DRAWN ANIMATION. Lots of it!

And The Oscar Goes To "Frozen" and "Mr. Hublot"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 2, 2014 9:16 PM
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This was a big victory for Walt Disney Animation Studios. For the first time in the thirteen years this award has been presented, Disney wins the prize. The win was particularly sweet for those who appreciate the classic Disney musical fairy tale - a genre the studio planned to abandon a few years ago.

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