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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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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.

Clarifying The World Of "Cloudy 2"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • January 14, 2014 3:30 PM
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Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 was one of the most visually impressive animated features of 2013. With the digital download of the film going on sale today, it seemed like the perfect time to catch up with Cloudy 2's Art Director, Dave Bleich, one of the key brains behind this brilliant spectacle.

Joe Murray's Master Class Online

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 14, 2014 3:18 PM
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Animator Joe Murray (Rocko's Modern Life) is offering up the lectures from his first masterclasses as downloads. It's a "go at your own pace" class with 6 hours of lecture per class and downloads.
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Immersed in Movies: Getting Animated About the Oscar Nominations

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 13, 2014 2:00 PM
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Will the studios totally dominate the best animated feature category or will there be room for one or two indies? And how many surprises will there be for animated short? Let's look at my predictions for Thursday's Oscar nominations.

Fred Seibert Explains It All: "Cartoon Hangover" Is A Hit

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 13, 2014 6:00 AM
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YouTube sensation Cartoon Hangover has recently surpassed one million subscribers - only the second You Tube channel to do that within its first twelve months. Frederator Studios’ head honcho Fred Seibert has just penned a must-read article for Medium.com, explaining "The Eight P's of You Tube Success".

"Frozen" Wins Golden Globe Award, Best Animated Film

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 12, 2014 9:54 PM
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Disney's Frozen won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature at tonight's Golden Globes ceremony in Hollywood.

FIRST LOOK: Nickelodeon's "Breadwinners"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 11, 2014 1:34 AM
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Breadwinners, created by Steve Borst (Teen Titans Go!, MAD) and Gary "Doodles" Di Raffaele (MAD, Metalocyalpse), makes its debut this winter on Nickelodeon. This TV spot will premiere on the channel over the weekend - we've got it first.

Asifa-East 2014 Animation Festival Call For Entries

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 8, 2014 3:35 PM
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ASIFA-East is currently accepting entries for the 2014 ASIFA-East Animation Film Festival. Awards will be given out across a variety of categories and craft from student, commercial, and independent entries to excellence in writing, design, and animation.
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