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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: 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).

FIRST LOOK: Powerpuff Girls special "Dance Pantsed"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • December 23, 2013 1:40 PM
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The Powerpuff Girls are back in a brand new special, Dance Pantsed, with a new look and feel. Here's our first peek at the animation.

DreamWorks revs up Netflix slate with "Turbo: F.A.S.T."

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • December 23, 2013 2:00 AM
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"Turbo: F.A.S.T.", DreamWorks' first original series for Netflix, is set to debut this week with five episodes. Chris Prynoski, the show's EP, talks with Animation Scoop about how the studio worked with Titmouse, Inc. to create the series spin-off to last summer’s feature "Turbo".

Forgetting Mr. Hanks - Two Animators Revive Walt In "I Hate You Red Light"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 22, 2013 12:20 AM
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A pair of 2-D animators seemingly beat Tom Hanks and John Lee Hancock to it. Last year J.M Walter and M. R. Horhager produced (and released on the festival circuit) this short, I Hate You Red Light!, featuring co-director Walter as Mr. Disney himself!

John Canemaker organizing Mary Blair exhibit for Disney Family Museum

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 21, 2013 7:22 PM
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The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will be presenting a major exhibition devoted to Disney designer Mary Blair (1911-1978). On view from March through September, this installation explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original and beloved art directors.

Fox Greenlights "Ice Age 5"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • December 21, 2013 2:25 AM
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Fox Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios have officially green-lit Ice Age 5, slated for a July 15, 2016 release. This announcement officially makes the summer of '16 the Summer of Studio Sequels, with Pixar releasing Finding Dory and DreamWorks releasing How to Train Your Dragon 3.
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NEW TRAILER: "How To Train Your Dragon 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 19, 2013 2:15 PM
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Here's the full trailer for Dreamworks Animation's sequel to its 2010 hit How To Train Your Dragon.

REVIEW: "Walking With Dinosaurs"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • December 19, 2013 12:30 AM
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Walking with Dinosaurs, a muddled rehash of elements borrowed from Disney’s largely forgotten Dinosaur and Don Bluth's The Land Before Time, finally answers the question,'What killed off the dinosaurs': Birds talked them to death.

Disney, Hubley, Lantz Animation Named To National Film Registry

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 18, 2013 11:31 AM
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Disney's Mary Poppins, John and Faith Hubley's The Hole, and Walter Lantz - by way of his sequence in the 1930 feature The King Of Jazz - were honored today as national treasures by the Library of Congress.

Do Girls Watch Animated Superhero Shows?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • December 17, 2013 4:00 PM
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Apparently girls don't like or watch superhero shows - or at least Hollywood thinks so. According to one of the top writers in TV animation, executives would rather ignore half the population because they think they don't buy the merchandise associated with a show.

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