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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: Director Bolognesi Talks "Rio 2096"

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 6, 2014 2:00 PM
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Rio 2096: A Story of Love and Fury, winner of Annecy's top prize, is among the more adult and arty Oscar contenders for best animated feature. Mixing ideology with fantasy, Rio traces the history of Brazil through six centuries of colonization, slavery, and war through the love story between an immortal warrior and his reincarnated soul mate. First-time director Luiz Bolognesi discusses the making of his $2.5 million Brazilian feature in the following email exchange.

DreamWorks Preps "DreamTab" Animation-Ready Tablet

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • January 4, 2014 7:30 PM
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DreamWorks Animation has partnered with Fuhu Inc. to create a new tablet, the DreamTab. It's aim? To teach kids how to be their own animators. (Well, that and make lots and lots of money.)

"I'm Voting For The Future of Hand-Drawn Animation"

  • By Gene Deitch
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  • January 4, 2014 3:00 PM
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Drawn animation has gone on since the stone age. It would be an artistic calamity to allow the long tradition of movie cartoon graphics to sink without a trace.

Chris Williams signs as co-director of Disney's "Big Hero Six"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • December 31, 2013 12:35 PM
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Chris Williams has joined Don Hall as co-director of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ animated adaptation of Marvel comics' Big Hero 6. Williams previously co-wrote and co-directed Bolt andWinnie the Pooh for Disney. More recently, Williams voiced Frozen's gentle giant, Oaken.

Animation Dominates The Highest Grossing Films of 2013

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 30, 2013 3:05 PM
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The list of top 100 highest grossing movies (domestically) of 2013 shows what a spectacular year its been for animation. The international numbers (incorporating U.S. and foreign) are even better.

Immersed in Movies: Director Renner Talks the Very Hot 'Ernest & Celestine'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 30, 2013 1:45 PM
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Ernest & Celestine from Gkids is certainly gaining momentum on its way to a possible Oscar nomination: it was voted best animated feature by the Los Angeles Film Critics Assn. and has garnered a slew of Annie and Golden Globe noms. I spoke with co-director Benjamin Renner about his debut feature.

Feature Anime Trailer: "Giovanni's Island"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 27, 2013 1:30 AM
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Warner Bros. is releasing this new anime feature in Japan this February. Adult, poignant and beautiful - here's the trailer, directed by Mizuho Nishikubo (Ghost In The Shell) and produced by Production I.G.
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Charles Solomon Remembers Frederic Back

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • December 25, 2013 12:01 AM
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The world of animation grew darker and my own world grew sadder when Frederic Back passed away the day before Christmas at 89. Hayao Miyazaki remains the most admired artist in animation, but Frederic was the most beloved.

Frederic Back (1924-2013)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 24, 2013 7:30 PM
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Two time Oscar winning animator Frederic Back died this morning, at home in Montreal.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Epic' with Chris Wedge

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 23, 2013 2:00 PM
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I caught up with Chris Wedge again when he was in town recently to revisit the underrated Epic, his most personal film and one of my favorites of the year. The lush swashbuckler has a heartfelt father/daughter story and looks beneath the surface in discovering hidden truths about life and nature. We also looked forward to his first live-action feature, Monster Trucks (May 29, 2015).

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