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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: Talking 'The LEGO Movie' with Chris McKay

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 15, 2014 12:01 AM
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Now that The LEGO Movie is already a hit going into its second weekend and "Everything Is Awesome" (with a likely sequel in the works), let's chat with Chris McKay, the animation supervisor. He worked with Animal Logic on a particularly fitting stop-motion vibe in CG (what they called seven points of articulation).

EXCLUSIVE: "Happy Valentines Day" from Bill Plympton

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 14, 2014 12:01 AM
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Courtesy of of friends at Brooklyn's Animation Block Party, a special trailer created especially for this day by famed independent animator Bill Plympton,.

How Can Animation Be Killing the Toy Industry?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • February 13, 2014 9:00 AM
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Hit shows like Adventure Time have, of course, adult fans that are only too happy to purchase the kid versions of toys, as plenty did for the figures included in McDonalds Happy Meals. Yet that doesn't mean that they aren't hankering for higher quality, and more expensive, merchandise.

Disney Reveals New Character for "Star Wars Rebels"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 12, 2014 10:35 PM
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Meet Kanan, the Cowboy Jedi. A new character created for Star Wars Rebels, scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 on Disney Channel and as a series on Disney XD around the world.

Spain's "Animac 2014" Opens Next Week

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 12, 2014 2:48 PM
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Animac 2014, the International Film Festival of Animation in Catalonia, will be held in Lleida (Spain) next week. It's four days full of animation screenings - with more than 235 selected pieces - exclusive lectures, and special sessions targeted at professionals, students, connoisseurs, families and children. Details here.

ANIME TRAILER: "The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 11, 2014 10:01 PM
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I have no idea what's going on here - but I do know I want to see it. The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, directed by Jang Hyung-yun, is apparently being released this month in Seoul. It's like Astro Boy meets Totoro... on acid. Check out the trailer.

March 1st: Group Art Show Tribute to Jay Ward "Moosylvania"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 11, 2014 7:35 PM
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Mark your calendar, this is gonna be good. Over 100 visual artists and renowned animators are creating a piece of original art inspired by Jay Ward & his cartoon characters for a group art show taking over The Van Eaton Gallery in Sherman Oaks next month - and the opening night party is going to be a blast.
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GKids Picks Up Cartoon Saloon's "Song Of The Sea"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 11, 2014 6:45 PM
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GKIDS has signed a distribution agreement with Kilkenny-based studio Cartoon Saloon for the North American rights to their upcoming animated feature "Song Of The Sea". The long awaited second feature film from Oscar-nominated director Tomm Moore (The Secret of Kells), is beautifully hand drawn and scheduled to premiere in late 2014.

Floyd Norman on "The View"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 11, 2014 3:19 PM
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In case you missed it - one of our own, Floyd Norman, appeared today on ABC's The View this morning. Floyd was the first black animator hired by the Walt Disney studios in 1956 - and he has made major contributions to Sleeping Beauty, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Toy Story 2, etc.

Feb. 23rd: The Afternoon Of Remembrance, The Annual Animators Memorial

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 11, 2014 2:00 AM
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In two weeks the animation community will come together for the 20th edition of "The Afternoon of Remembrance". It's an annual non-denominational celebration of all our friends - the artists, writers, producers, voice actors - who passed away the previous year.

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