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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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BOOK REVIEW: "The Art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • February 10, 2014 11:03 PM
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There’s no denying it - from the banquet of production art, concept sketches, backgrounds and other details that festoon this tome, Dreamworks' latest animated feature is sumptuous indeed. The Art of Mr. Peabody And Sherman explains what Lion King co-director Rob Minkoff saw in reviving these classic Jay Ward characters. And it looks pretty cool.

Immersed in Movies: Anatomy of a Scene: 'Let It Go' and 'Family Maze'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 10, 2014 3:22 PM
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Both Frozen and The Croods contain transcendent moments that summarize the visual and thematic essence of these two Oscar-nominated movies: the powerful "Let It Go" song and the beautiful "Family Maze." I dig deeper with the directors and filmmakers to better understand and appreciate their context and significance.

Disney And Google Premiere Stop-Mo Short "Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 10, 2014 12:01 PM
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Move over, Lego. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Disney Interactive and Google are teaming up to launch “Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story,” an original animated short film. The film will be available exclusively on Google Play, and will be screened starting Friday at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.

Spotlight On The Short Nominees

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • February 9, 2014 3:30 PM
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The two most interesting nominees this year for the Animated Short Oscar embody a division that has characterized animation for at least a century. Disney's Get a Horse! is a Hollywood cartoon in the best sense of the term. In contrast, while Shuhei Morita's Possessions showcases animation as an extension of traditional fine and graphic arts.

TEASER: "Snow Queen 2: The Snow King"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 8, 2014 3:30 PM
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Move over "Frozen 2" - Russia is beating you to the box office you with a sequel of its own, "The Snow Queen 2".

Immersed in Movies: Master Building 'The LEGO Movie' with Phil Lord and Chris Miller

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 7, 2014 3:30 AM
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There's more than meets the eye in The LEGO Movie. It's not only smart and witty but it also explores the essence of LEGO and Master Building and, finally, storytelling in a Pirandello-like way. I spoke with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (at LEGOLAND, of course) about making a subversive movie at Warner Bros. that pokes fun of studios, franchises, and safe storytelling.

FIRST LOOK: Sega's "Sonic Boom"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 6, 2014 4:02 PM
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Here's a first look at the upcoming CGI Sonic The Hedgehog series, Sonic Boom. Scheduled to play on Cartoon Network in the US, the show is produced out of France by Sega and OuiDO! Productions.

FIRST LOOK: GKids "Ernest & Celestine" English Language Trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 6, 2014 3:31 PM
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Here's our first "listen" to the English language dub for the Oscar nominated animated feature Ernest & Celestine. The voice cast includes Forest Whitaker, Lauren Bacall, Paul Giamatti, William H. Macy, Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman, and opens in LA on February 28th and in NY on March 14th, followed by national expansion to all major US markets.

REVIEW: "The Lego Movie"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • February 6, 2014 1:45 PM
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The Lego Movie is a textbook example of a film that’s “review proof.” Whether critics like it or not - or whether it’s any good or not - it will make money because every little boy in the country will insist on being taken to it, probably multiple times. The Lego Movie is often clever and funny, although it could easily have been better.

FIRST LOOK: New Mickey Mouse Valentines Short "Third Wheel"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 6, 2014 12:01 AM
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I'm loving the new series of Mickey Mouse shorts that Disney Channel is producing. Next week, just in time for Valentine's Day a new one will premiere. The title of the short is Third Wheel and we have a hilarious exclusive clip to share.

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