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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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AWARD SEASON UPDATE: "Wind Rises" wins NY and Boston Critics Best; "Ernest & Celestine" captures L.A. Critics

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 9, 2013 2:14 PM
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Despite the overwhelming presence (as well as audience and critical reception) of such Hollywood front runners as Disney's Frozen and Dreamworks' The Croods, a pair of foreign films have begun nabbing year end critics awards as the years best.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Despicable Me 2' with Chris Meledandri

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 9, 2013 1:03 PM
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With tomorrow's Blu-ray/DVD release of the blockbuster and Oscar-contending Despicable Me 2 from Universal, it's a great time to catch up once again with Illumination's Chris Meledandri, who made the Vanity Fair list of top media disruptors for the second consecutive year.

Is Laika's Creative Loop Real or Imaginary?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • December 8, 2013 8:00 PM
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Our resident critic Charles Kenny ponders the output of Portland-based stop-motion studio, Laika. With three features sharing a similar look and tone - dark and quirky teen horror - Kenny raises the question as to whether Laika is stuck in a creative loop of sorts.

Barry Blumberg Discusses His Internet Smash "Shut Up! Cartoons"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • December 7, 2013 8:39 PM
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Barry Blumberg is the President of the YouTube channel, Smosh, and its animation arm, Shut Up! Cartoons. With its hit series Oishi High School Battle just starting its second season, this marks the perfect time to talk to Mr. Blumberg about his rapidly expanding online animated empire.

FIRST LOOK: Disneytoon Studios' "The Pirate Fairy"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 5, 2013 12:45 PM
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From Disneytoon Studios, the last of the Pixie Hollow features, from the world of “Peter Pan”. With a voice cast led by Mae Whitman (Tinkerbell) and Tom Hiddleston (Loki from The Avengers), the film will go direct-to video in April. Here's the first look.

ANIME TRAILER: "Wizard Barristers"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 5, 2013 6:00 AM
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Here's a spectacular looking promo (in Japanese) for Yasuomi Umetsu's Wizard Barristers, which premieres on Tokyo MX on January 12th, and will also air on Sun TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Aichi, AT-X, and BS11. The animation was produced by Tokyo's Arms Corporation.

Best Online Review of "Get A Horse!"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 5, 2013 2:00 AM
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Here's the best review of Disney's latest Mickey Mouse short, Get A Horse! I've seen yet. It's by Matias Bobal, a classic movie buff and former TV broadcaster, who now posts a weekly movie review podcast via You Tube from his vintage radio station in Sacremento, California.

TRAILER: "Aunt Hilda!" from Studio Folimage

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 3, 2013 7:30 PM
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Need more proof that hand drawn animation is alive and thriving in Europe? Submitted for your approval: Aunt Hilda! (Tante Hilda!), a new film by Jacques-Rémy Girerd and Benedict Chieux (Mia and Migou). Here is the trailer (in French) - and it looks exquisite:

BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW: "Akira" 25th Anniversary Edition

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • December 3, 2013 12:05 AM
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s watershed feature Akira. The new three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Akira from Funimation not only removed years of dust, dirt and scratches, but created a new English translation with better vocal performances and a more coherent translation of the script.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'The Croods' with Sanders and DeMicco

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Croods (which grabbed nine Annie nominations today, including best animated feature) certainly stands out in a year dominated by survival and the inevitability of change. In fact, every country that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco visited on their press tour embraced the prehistoric family as part of their own cultural identity.

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