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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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Crest Animation's "Alpha and Omega 3" Goes Direct-To-Walmart, Digital HD and VOD

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 20, 2014 3:00 AM
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Lest you thought you heard the last of Alpha and Omega - the two wolves who starred in the 2010 Lionsgate theatrical release from Rich Rich's Crest Animation Studios - you were mistaken. A direct-to-DVD sequel, Alpha and Omega 3: The Great Wolf Games, will be released on March 25th, 2014 direct to Walmart, Digital HD and VOD. Here's a clip.

TEASER: Blue Sky's 3D CG "Peanuts"Movie

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 18, 2014 1:34 AM
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  • 26 Comments
The teaser trailer from Blue Sky's eagerly anticipated Charlie Brown 3D CG "Peanuts" feature film has been released. From the look of it, the producers have made a wise move, keeping it as faithful to Schulz art as the fans expect. I'm jazzed!
More: Blue Sky

India Animation Update #1

  • By Fred Patten
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  • March 16, 2014 3:35 AM
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Today I begin posting a weekly selection of the announcements about news and trends from India's animation industry. I do this to give American animation professionals a glimpse of the animation being produced in an important country with an emerging cartoon industry of its own.

The Complete 2014 ANNIE AWARDS Ceremony Is Now Online

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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The entire 41st Annual Annie Awards ceremony from this past February 1st 2014 has been expertly edited down to two hours and is now post online. M.C'd by Patrick Warburton and featuring such diverse presenters and honorees as Steven Spielberg, Cloris Leachman, Josh Gad and Phil Tippett - this just might be the best way to watch it.

Immersed in Movies: Carlos Saldanha Talks 'Rio 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 14, 2014 12:00 PM
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In Rio 2 (opening April 11th), we go from Rio to the Amazon for a richer and more musical comedy/adventure with newcomers Janelle Monae and Bruno Mars joining Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), Jewel (Anne Hathaway), and their three kids in the rainforest. Director Carlos Saldanha discusses raising the bar at Blue Sky.

Gkids To Distribute Studio Ghibli's "The Tale of the Princess Kaguya"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 12, 2014 1:00 PM
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GKIDS has announced it has entered into a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for the North American rights to the upcoming animated feature The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya. Directed by Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata, the film is slated for a late 2014 theatrical release and Awards submissions.

Conclusive Proof that Animation is Far From Stale

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • March 12, 2014 3:00 AM
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The world-wide feature animation market is dominated by large players hitched to the comedy bandwagon. Nevertheless, the recent Cartoon Movie conference showed that artists and studios are willing and able to create innovative animated films - proving the medium is very far from being stale.

Documentary on Stop-Mo "Between Times" by Tiny Inventions

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 11, 2014 3:33 PM
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Here is the beautiful trailer - and an inspiring mini-documentary - about the new short film from the husband & wife animation duo Max Porter and Ru Kuwahata, who run the Baltimore based stop mo studio, Tiny Inventions.
More: Lynda.com

Dreamworks' Trailer/Teaser/Short "Almost Home"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 11, 2014 12:50 PM
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Check out this short film, now tied to prints of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, featuring Steve Martin as the voice the lead alien. It's actually an unusual teaser/trailer for Dreamworks "Home", which Fox will release on November 26th.

"Wabbit - A Looney Tunes Production" Toplines Cartoon Network Upfront Presentation

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 10, 2014 12:50 PM
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  • 74 Comments
The dry, sardonic and droll Bugs Bunny of "The Looney Tunes Show" is gone. "The hilarious, heroic and mischievous Bugs Bunny you love is back" according to the Cartoon Network who is once again reviving the classic in a new series, "Wabbit - A Looney Tunes Production".

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