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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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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.

Titmouse's 5 Second Animation Night 2014

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 5, 2014 10:00 PM
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Hollywood-based Titmouse, the studio behind Dreamworks' "Turbo Fast" and the video game animation in Spike Jonze' "Her", hosts an annual 5-Second Animation Night screening - and if you want to know what that is, and how to attend the next screening, here are the details.

NEW TRAILER: "Planes: Fire and Rescue" #2

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 5, 2014 1:05 PM
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More from "the world above CARS" - the latest trailer for the sequel to Disney's Planes due out on July 18th. Directed by Bobs Gannaway, starring Dane Cook and Julie Bowen, here's a closer look.

Immersed in Movies: Laughing it Up at the 'LEGO Movie' Press Conference

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • February 4, 2014 5:56 PM
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Maybe it was the wacky LEGOLAND backdrop (with the marvelous miniature set behind them), or the funny nature of the movie itself, or the fact that Morgan Freeman was such a hoot, but the LEGO Movie press conference was even more fun than expected. Among the participants were directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller; voice talent Chris Pratt, Freeman, Will Arnett, and Elizabeth Banks; producer Dan Lin; and animation supervisor Chris McKay. Here are a few of the highlights:

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