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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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BAFTA nominates "Gumball" and "The Snowman"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 22, 2013 9:00 PM
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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced today the nominations for its annual British Academy Children’s Awards, which honor the very best in children's media. Here's the list of animation nominees.

Immersed in Movies: Jimmy Hayward Talks 'Free Birds' at Reel FX

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 22, 2013 3:00 AM
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Veteran director Jimmy Hayward leaves the big studio environment to help launch Reel FX as an off-beat indie alternative.

Author Tod Polson Discusses Maurice Noble and "The Noble Approach"

  • By Thad Komorowski
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  • October 21, 2013 11:00 PM
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Maurice Noble was a designer and layout man on such landmark animated films as Rabbit Seasoning, What's Opera Doc?, Duck Amuck, the Road Runner series; his name as firmly inseparable from them as the director Chuck Jones. Tod Polson, Noble's protege has now put all of Noble's notes and theories on animation design in book form.

INTERVIEW: Director Zeb Wells on Season 6 of "Robot Chicken"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • October 19, 2013 4:30 PM
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Now that the 6th season of Adult Swim’s Robot Chicken is finally on DVD, America can revel in all its grotesque grossness, racy raunch and searing satire. Season six is the first one directed by Zeb Wells, who acquired his role in a highly unique way.

"Herman Blue: The Pumpkin Comic"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 19, 2013 1:21 PM
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Just in time for Halloween comes "Herman Blue: The Pumpkin Comic" by Ian Mark Stewart. Carved out of 250 jack-o-lanterns and filmed frame by frame to create the illusion of a talking pumpkin - its a perfect way to say "Happy Halloween!"

Lou Scheimer (1929-2013)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 18, 2013 11:11 PM
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TV animation producer Lou Scheimer has passed away at the age of 84 from complications of Parkinsons Disease. He was the man behind He-Man, The Archies, Fat Albert and Sabrina the Teenage Witch - among many many other hit shows.

FIRST LOOK: "Steven Universe" Main Title

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 16, 2013 9:40 PM
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Here's the main title to Cartoon Network's highly anticipated Steven Universe. Created by Rebecca Sugar, the show already has a cult following, well in advance of it's November 4th debut. Watch the open and join the club.

Trick or "Treats": Remembering when "Toy Story" invaded ABC Saturday Mornings

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • October 16, 2013 2:38 PM
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Tonight, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the gang must solve a whodunit mystery in the ABC premiere of Toy Story of TERROR! It also marks the characters’ return to the network that helped make them household names 17 years ago, when the popular playthings first invaded the small screen with Toy Story Treats.

Animated App: "Toon Hero"

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • October 16, 2013 2:01 PM
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I recently sat down with Shona Grundy, CEO of Trigger Happy, to talk about their new app Toon Hero. Toon Hero is a fun app that allows the user to make up stories and cartoons featuring some of their favorite characters. You provide the voices and sound effects, and Toon Hero fills in the rest.

ANIME REVIEW: "Colorful"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • October 15, 2013 2:30 PM
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At a time when sometimes heated discussions rage over the sameness in tone, content and look in American CG features, Colorful serves as a welcome reminder that animation has a unique power to touch deeply felt emotions and tackle serious social problems.

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