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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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"Jeopardy" Answers Your Questions About TV Cartoons

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 23, 2014 2:11 AM
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Are you as up on your TV Cartoons as the contestants on last night's episode of Jeopardy?
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Shout Factory to Release "Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection (1949-1959)"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 21, 2014 11:20 PM
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  • 6 Comments
Look out! Sony Pictures and Shout Factory have announced the release date of the much-delayed DVD compilation, Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection (1949-1959). The four-disc boxed set will be available on April 22nd 2014.

Immersed in Movies: Adam Green Talks Oscar-Nominated 'Get A Horse!'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 20, 2014 1:30 PM
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Quite simply, if the CG Mickey couldn't match the hand-drawn model refashioned to look like the 1928 original, the Oscar-nominated Get A Horse! short wouldn't have worked. And that was the responsibility of CG supervisor Adam Green (Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph, Tangled), who worked side-by-side with 2D supervisor Eric Goldberg. Indeed, Green was mentored by Goldberg during this unique production that brilliantly encapsulates the history of Mickey and Disney.

Michael Sporn (1946-2014)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 20, 2014 11:30 AM
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Academy Award nominated animation director Michael Sporn has passed away. A champion and staple of the New York animation scene since the 1970s, Sporn’s presence – both behind the camera and online through his “splog” – will be missed by the entire community.

ANIME TRAILER: "Toukiden: The Age Of Demons"

  • By Ben Price
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  • January 17, 2014 2:22 PM
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Set several years after a cataclysm unleashes demons into the human world - here is Studio4 C's remarkable promo anime for the Toukiden PlayStation Vita game, subtitled in English.

"Archies", "Superman", Star Trek" Animator Hal Sutherland has Passed Away

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 16, 2014 6:10 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Hal Sutherland, who began his career as a Disney animator in 1954 working on Sleeping Beauty, and gained recognition in the late 1960s as a director of animated productions at Filmation, has passed away.

REVIEW: "Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • January 16, 2014 5:00 PM
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Evangelion 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo (2012), the third installment in a four-feature retelling of the watershed anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion. Writer-director Hideaki Anno pulls out all the stops in an visually dazzling but emotionally unsettling film.

Academy Award Nominations for Animation

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 16, 2014 8:42 AM
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The Oscar nominations were announced this morning. The five nominees for Best Animated Feature were Frozen, The Croods, The Wind Rises, Despicable Me 2, and Ernest and Celestine.

REVIEW: "The Nut Job"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • January 15, 2014 1:30 PM
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Anyone who doubts the truth of the bromide that January is the time studios trot out films that would otherwise be unreleasable should take a look at The Nut Job, a CG feature that has all the originality and individuality of a Dixie Cup.

Meryl Streep's Comments Belie More Than Ignorance of Walt Disney

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • January 15, 2014 2:01 AM
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  • 13 Comments
The now-infamous comments by Meryl Streep last Tuesday at the National Board of Review regarding Walt Disney set in motion a flurry of corrections from sources who knew Walt personally. Beyond that, her remarks displayed a shocking aversion to simple fact-checking that anybody familiar with Google can perform.

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