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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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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.

Annie Award Nominations Announced; Spielberg, Tippett and Otomo to Receive Winsor McCay Awards

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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The nominations for Best Animated Features this year include: A Letter to Momo (GKIDS), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS), Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Monsters University (Pixar Animation Studios), The Croods (DreamWorks Animations), and The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli and The Walt Disney Studios).

BOOK REVIEW: "The Art Of Frozen"

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • November 28, 2013 2:00 PM
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I found it refreshing to read and review Charles Solomon's The Art of Disney's Frozen. Solomon concentrates far more on the story, writing, and artistic presentation of the film than most books in this genre do - making it a must-have.

Writing Songs for "Frozen": An Interview with Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • November 27, 2013 2:00 AM
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With Frozen (opening today), can you imagine what it would feel like if you wrote the songs and this was your first Disney animated feature? A dreamlike sense of "Is this really happening?" Exhilaration? Trepidation? For Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, it’s all of the above and more.

Obama Gets A Tour of Dreamworks

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 27, 2013 12:01 AM
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  • 7 Comments
President Obama spent part of this afternoon on the campus at Dreamworks Animation in Glendale, where he got a tour of the animation studio. Obama met with head of production Bill Damaschke and directors Tim Johnson and Bill Deblois - and attended a voice session with Steve Martin and Jim Parsons for Happy Smekday (aka "Home"). Here's the video.

NEW TRAILER: "The Boxtrolls"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 26, 2013 2:00 PM
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Focus has released a unique new trailer for Laika's The Boxtrolls. This one plays off the studio's use of stop motion miniature techniques, replacement animation and the hands of the artist. It's a beautiful tribute to the art.

Oscar Short-listed "Room On The Broom" Wins BAFTA

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 25, 2013 3:00 PM
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Room on the Broom, won at the children’s BAFTA awards last night. Other winners included The Amazing World of Gumball, Adventure Time and The Life of Pi.
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