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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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FULL TRAILER: Studio Ghibli's "Tale of the Bamboo Cutter"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 8, 2013 12:00 PM
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Here is the full trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Story of Princess Kaguya), directed and co-written by Isao Takahata, based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It's a quiet, nuanced, deceptively simple bit of beauty...

The Academy Short List: "Animated Shorts"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 7, 2013 2:53 PM
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The Academy released it's short list of nominees for the Best Animated Short category this morning. Disney's Get A Horse will face off against artists Theodore Ushev, Chris Landreth, and films from Japan, Denmark and France.

REVIEW: Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • November 6, 2013 7:30 PM
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Cultural questions aside, The Wind Rises is not only the best animated film released to date this year, but one of the best films released this year. If it has the unhappy distinction of being Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature, it shows the director at the height of his powers making a premature but glorious exit.

Toby Bluth R.I.P.

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 6, 2013 2:05 AM
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Toby Bluth, brother of Don Bluth and a fine artist and animator in his own right, passed away on October 31st - according to producer Gary Goldman on Facebook.

Does it Matter That An Animated Show is 'Female'?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • November 6, 2013 12:05 AM
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The premiere of Steven Universe, the new Cartoon Network series by Rebecca Sugar, has been one of the most anticipated of the year. A favorable review in the LA Times nonetheless felt it necessary to bring gender into the discussion. Is that an issue still worthy of mention?

New Video Game Technology from Nvidia

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • November 5, 2013 11:30 PM
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Computers make metal cubes very well. Everything else is difficult… well, it WAS. Nvidia has recently unveiled FLEX, their unified simulation framework. A demo recently given in Montreal shows off the power of FLEX in real time.

19 Animated Features Submitted For 2013 Oscar Race

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 5, 2013 1:47 PM
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The qualified Oscar nominees have been announced. Nineteen features have been submitted for consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 86th Academy Awards.

Waterloo Festival Announces Its Showcase of Animated Features

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 5, 2013 2:36 AM
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The Waterloo Festival is the only film festival in the world dedicated entirely to feature length animation - with a mission to showcase and increase awareness of animation from around the world. Here's the program for their 2013 event.

"Spongebob, You're Fired!"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 5, 2013 12:05 AM
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In a case of art imitating today’s challenging economic world, not even the hardest working, earnest or optimistic fry cook is safe. After 14 years and billions and billions of Krabby Patty’s made and sold, SpongeBob is unceremoniously fired by greedy Mr. Krabs!

Entertainment Software Ratings

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • November 4, 2013 11:30 PM
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With the recent release of Grand Theft Auto V, so many video games being released going into the holiday season, and two major consoles about to launch, the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) has been proactive, and created a new PSA to help explain just what video game ratings mean.

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