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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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Animator Darrell Van Citters Compiling Art Book Tribute To Jay Ward

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 3, 2013 12:30 PM
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Animator Darrell Van Citters, who put together an art book devoted to Mr. Magoo's Christmas Carol, has been spending the last few years tracking down the rarest of the rare production artwork, model sheets, publicity materials and animation drawings for a new homage to Jay Ward Productions (Bullwinkle).

June Foray to Receive TV Academy's Governor's Award

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 29, 2013 2:17 PM
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Congratulations June Foray! The First Lady of Cartoon Voices has been voted to receive the Governors Award from The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. It will be presented to her this Sunday, September 1st.

Richard Williams To Lecture, Screen New Footage at Academy's Marc Davis Celebration

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 29, 2013 1:09 AM
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Master animator Richard Williams (Roger Rabbit) will make a rare appearance in Los Angeles - to guest lecture at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences annual Marc Davis Celebration of Animation - on Friday night October 4th.

Nick announces Spongebob Squarepants Fan Shellabration at Universal Studios

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 28, 2013 8:05 PM
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Nickelodeon announced today it will host a first-ever SpongeBob Fan Shellabration at Universal Studios Hollywood next weekend in Los Angeles. Events include a live script-read of a SpongeBob episode featuring the series voice cast and a live musical performance by Tom Kenny (voice of SpongeBob).

Happy Belated Birthday, "Team Fortress 2!

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • August 28, 2013 1:01 PM
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This year marks the 17th anniversary (birthday) of the original Team Fortress, which was released on August 24, 1996. For whatever reason, this year the game's birthday event did not unlock automatically, and the community noticed.

Will Vinton to Direct "The Quest" for Gnosis Moving Pictures

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 27, 2013 10:36 PM
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Gnosis is producing its first animated feature, The Quest, in creative partnership with Oscar winner Will Vinton - who will direct from a script by Vinton, Andrew Weise and Peter Crabbe. The film is a Monty Python-esque, absurdist look at outer space and will feature the voice talent of Python alum John Cleese.

Immersed in Movies: Lauren MacMullan Goes Deeper into Mickey Mouse and 'Get A Horse!'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 26, 2013 8:42 PM
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Now that the secret's finally out about Disney's Get A Horse!, director MacMullan provides her first in-depth interview.

Asifa-Hollywood Announces Annie Awards "Call For Entries"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 26, 2013 3:40 PM
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The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announced its 'Call for Entries' for the 41st Annual Annie Awards to begin Tuesday, September 3rd. "In an effort to simplify the entry process, we’ve combined a few things that are due on November 4th," said ASIFA-Hollywood President, Frank Gladstone.

Blu-Ray Review: Disney's "Sword In The Stone", "Robin Hood" and "Oliver"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • August 26, 2013 3:38 AM
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New Blu-rays of three more Disney animated features have just been released, bringing you three important (but not necessarily "classic") films with crisp, clear imagery. All three are entertaining, feature top-notch animation by master artists and have a key place in the journey of Disney animation along its bold but bumpy road.

Mickey Go Home

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 23, 2013 2:39 AM
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My friend Karl Cohen (president of Asifa-San Francisco) forwarded me this curious photo, snapped in Italy by his cousin Michael who was there on vacation. It's a strange poster, found on an alley wall in Italy. It reads "No MUOS - Yankee Go Home!"

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