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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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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.

Dreamworks announces new Rocky & Bullwinkle Short

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 4, 2013 2:26 PM
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Today Dreamworks Animation made it official - there will be a new Rocky and Bullwinkle theatrical short released in 2014. Featuring June Foray as the voice of Rocket “Rocky” J. Squirrel, the short is an all-new film produced in the style of the original Jay Ward cartoon serials - albeit in 3-D CGI and in full animation.

The Growing Pains of Brazilian Animation

  • By Tom Creus
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  • November 4, 2013 12:05 AM
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Animation screenwriter Tom Creus discusses the hurdles in creating an animated feature in Brazil.

ANIME TRAILERS: Two New Theatrical Anime Shorts

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 3, 2013 7:46 PM
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Here are the trailers for two new shorts from animators Hiroyasu Ishida and Takashi Nakamura. Both are being released into theaters in Tokyo next Saturday, both produced by Studio Colorido - an exciting new studio to keep your eyes on.

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