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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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"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.

2014 Festivals Call For Entries

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 15, 2013 3:00 AM
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Two North American animation festivals have opened the "Call For Submissions" for their 2014 events. Taafi in Toronto and Animation Torrent in Chicago are two of the major competitions scheduled for next year - and here are the details.

Bill Kopp Signed for Universal's "Woody Woodpecker"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 12, 2013 8:00 PM
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Clearly the stellar box office grosses for Despicable Me 2 are having an effect on Universal's animation plans. Veteran animator Bill Kopp (Eek! The Cat, Schnookums and Meat, Dan Vs., etc) has just announced on his Facebook page that he has been tapped to revive Woody Woodpecker for Universal Pictures.

Voice Actor Gregg Berger Talks "AAAHH!! Real Monsters!"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • October 12, 2013 12:30 AM
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With every episode of Klasky Csupo’s 1994 series AAAHH! Real Monsters now released on one DVD set, it’s likely to attract new fans who enjoyed the "monsters at scare school" premise that worked so well in Disney/Pixar’s Monsters University. To commemorate the occasion, we spoke with the series versatile voice virtuoso, Gregg Berger.

REVIEW: "The Snow Queen"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • October 11, 2013 1:30 PM
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No, not Disney's "Frozen". A new film of The Snow Queen, directed by Vladlen Barbe and Maxim Sveshnikov, has just been released and has received more interest that it would otherwise because it’s being released just a few weeks before Disney's feature. It left me cold.

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