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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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Shout! Factory Acquire's Rights To "Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 24, 2014 8:30 AM
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Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to "Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart" including theatrical and digital distribution, home entertainment and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this film in select theaters, video-on-demand, television and in all packaged media in 2014.

Is Warner Bros. developing "Space Jam 2"?

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 21, 2014 9:20 PM
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The success of The Lego Movie may have Warner Bros. fast tracking Space Jam 2 into development. For a studio with a lax program to compete with the current feature animation explosion - the Lego grosses may have awakened a sleeping giant.

The Role of Animation in Lego's Salvation

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • February 20, 2014 9:00 PM
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The Lego Movie is far and away the hottest film of the month, period. It all seems so far away from just a few short years ago when Lego (the company) was in serious trouble. Now that it's back on form, what role has animation played in bringing the company back from the brink?

Is EVERYTHING Going LEGO? Watch Universal's "Non-Stop" Trailer in Plastic Bricks

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 19, 2014 7:30 PM
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No doubt about it. We are in the grip of full scale "Lego-Mania". The Lego Movie is breaking records at the box office and today we get Universal's trailer for Non-Stop in Lego style. Next up, The Simpsons - on their May 4th episode - the 550th - Homer will wake up to a Springfield-turned-Lego.

REVIEW: Two 1960s Animated Classics on Blu-ray

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • February 19, 2014 1:01 AM
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Walt Disney and The Beatles, as cultural icons, seem at first to be as distant as the Arctic and Antarctic. In reality, the two are more intertwined than one might have thought, certainly as creative visionaries. Most notably, each entity released major animated features within one year of each other: The Jungle Book and Yellow Submarine.

Moonbot's Dolby Short "Silent"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 18, 2014 7:45 PM
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Dolby Laboratories and William Joyce's Moonbot Studios premiered a new animated short, SILENT, at The Oscars Scientific and Technical Awards this past Saturday. The film celebrates the importance of sound in storytelling, and the technological advancements that continue to enhance the movie experience.

March 8th in LA: Animation Breakdown Roundup!

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 18, 2014 2:00 PM
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Cinefamily's new "Animation Breakdown Roundup!" is L.A. first all-original, curated 'n commissioned shorts fest. It's scheduled for Saturday March 8th

Animator Frank Terry (1939-2014)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 18, 2014 3:50 AM
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Word has reached us that longtime animation industry veteran director Frank Terry has passed away. Terry produced hundreds of commercials and later became a mentor and teacher to many as a faculty member at Cal Arts.

Immersed in Movies: Anatomy of a Scene for the Oscar-Nominated Animated Shorts

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 17, 2014 3:00 PM
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What were the most challenging scenes to animate in the Oscar-Nominated shorts? I posed this to all five directors: Lauren MacMullan (Get A Horse!), Daniel Sousa (Feral), Shuhei Morita (Possessions), Laurent Witz (Mr. Hublot), and Max Lang (Room on the Broom).

TV TEASERS: "Star Wars Rebels"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 17, 2014 10:00 AM
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Disney released two new thirty second teasers for Lucasfilm Animation's Star Wars Rebels today. And here they are.

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