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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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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.

A Chat with the Creators of "Free Birds"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 1, 2013 12:00 PM
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Jerry Beck has a brief chat with the principal creatives behind Reel FX's first feature release, "Free Birds". Co-writer and Director Jimmy Hayward, co-writer/co-producer Scott Moiser and Exec Producer and Reel FX Creative Head Honcho, Aron Warner discuss their collaboration.

REVIEW: "The Legend of Sarila"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • November 1, 2013 12:05 AM
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The Legend of Sarila grafts a veneer of Inuit culture onto a very formulaic story that borrows heavily from mainstream American animation. Like a dropped ice cream cone of a film, a lost opportunity for something new and exciting.

REVIEW: "Free Birds"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • October 31, 2013 8:30 PM
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Charles Solomon takes a look at "Free Birds", the first feature from Relativity Media and Reel FX. He says it's a veritable holiday fun fest - for people whose idea of a good time is listening to Owen Wilson scream.

New Trailer for "The Lego Movie"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 31, 2013 2:01 PM
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Yes it's another trailer for the highly anticipated (at least in this household) The Lego Movie. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are behind it. Mark Mothersbough is doing the music, and an all-star cast is providing voices - including Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Channing Tatum (as Superman).

FIRST LOOK: Eva Longoria's animated Hulu series "Mother Up!"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 31, 2013 1:42 PM
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Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) is exec producing and voicing the lead character in Hulu's latest animated series, Mother Up! The series makes its exclusive U.S. Debut November 6th. Here's the first look:

Immersed in Movies: Reel FX Creates Feather System for 'Free Birds'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 30, 2013 1:32 PM
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Monika Sawyer of Reel FX talks turkey about the new Avian feather system for "Free Birds," which helped make Owen Wilson's Reggie and Woody Harrelson's Jake look more dynamic.

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