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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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Eddie Lawrence (1919-2014)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 31, 2014 2:30 AM
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Comedian Eddie Lawrence has passed away. Best known for his "Old Philosopher" records was also a prolific voice in animated cartoons.

Indian Animation - Weekly Update (#3)

  • By Fred Patten
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  • March 30, 2014 3:38 PM
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Another update on the Indian animation industry by columnist Fred Patten.

Second Season of "Mickey Mouse" Shorts begin April 11th

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 28, 2014 2:54 PM
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Season two of "Mickey Mouse," the multiple Emmy and Annie Award-winning short cartoons featuring Disney's standard characters, debuts Friday April 11th on Disney Channel and various online sources. We have an advance clip.

BOOK REVIEW: "The Art of Blue Sky's RIO"

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • March 27, 2014 6:00 AM
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During a time when most studios were promoting their films with coffee table art books, BlueSky was rather quiet. Not until now did Rio, released in 2011, get "The Art of" treatment. Author Tara Bennett has packaged material from that film along with an advance look at Rio 2, and the result is a sumptuous, if crowded, compendium.
More: Rio 2, Blue Sky

DVD PEEK: Marvel's "Avengers Confidential: Black Widow And Punisher"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 26, 2014 12:01 AM
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I just had a look at this new anime-styled Marvel animation DVD/bluray release, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow And Punisher - and it's pretty damn good. Actually, the animation is more than "anime-styled" - it IS anime, produced by Madhouse in Tokyo, partnered with Marvel Entertainment and Sony Pictures Entertainment Japan.
More: Marvel

FINAL TRAILER: "Rio 2" (I Will Survive)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 25, 2014 9:24 PM
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One more time before its release on April 11th. Nigel (Jemaine Clement) sings "I Will Survive" and dances for the birds in this final trailer for Blue Sky Studios' "Rio 2".
More: Rio 2, Blue Sky

Nickelodeon Announces it's 2014 Pre-School Animated Shorts Program

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 25, 2014 2:13 PM
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"Can you bring the Funny?"That's what Nickelodeon is asking in its announcement today seeking submissions for pitches for pre-school animation concepts.

ANIME SHORT: "Poulette's Chair"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • March 22, 2014 3:05 PM
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Check out this beautiful little film "Poulette's Chair", a special anime short created to mark the 10th anniversary of Fuji Television's late-night programming block Noitamina. Hiroyasu Ishida directed this new short at Studio Colorido. Yojiro Arai (From Up On Poppy Hill) designed the characters and served as animation director.

Indian Animation - Weekly Update (#2)

  • By Fred Patten
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  • March 22, 2014 3:00 PM
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Continuing our series of weekly columns that survey films, television and trends in the Indian animation industry. These stores are mainly culled from Indian trade journals and these represent material for second half of January 2014.

Immersed in Movies: Pixar's Kelsey Mann Talks 'Party Central' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • March 21, 2014 11:21 PM
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Despite Pixar not having a feature this year, it worked out perfectly for the MU short, Party Central, to play in front of Muppets Most Wanted since Jim Henson was such an important influence on director Kelsey Mann. "They always had that manic energy when you got a group of the Muppets together. I wanted to get that over the top feeling in this short."

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