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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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A Few Random Snapshots From Comic Con

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 25, 2014 12:55 PM
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Your intrepid reporter takes a few shots from the floor of the massive Comic Con going on right now in San Diego.

The Smiley Face (Yes, That One) Is Getting An Animated Show

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • July 25, 2014 2:00 AM
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We interrupt your coverage of the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con to bring you the news that there is, under development, an animated TV show based on the smiley face. As it turns out, the smiley face isn't in the public domain and the entity that owns it, well they're looking to increase how much money they make from it.

Interview: Director Angus MacLane on “Toy Story of TERROR!”

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • July 23, 2014 12:05 AM
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Network TV specials are sparse in today’s big-studio market, but they’re far from dead. Pixar was a relative latecomer to primetime, but their first effort, Toy Story of TERROR!—on Blu-ray and DVD August 9— was such a success for ABC, it’s already spawned another Pixar special premiering later this year. Here’s hoping it’s a trend.
More: Pixar

Women In Animation Launches Mentoring Pilot Program

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 21, 2014 8:10 PM
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Women In Animation has announced the launch of a professional mentoring program. Designed to empower, educate and support mentees by increasing their industry knowledge, the WIA mentoring program is open to WIA members in the greater Los Angeles area.

ANIME REVIEWS: "Date Alive" and "Attack On Titan"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 18, 2014 6:00 PM
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Two of the summer’s best-selling anime series are both violent and difficult to categorize. Based on a manga series by Hajime Isayama, "Attack on Titan" has scored a huge hit in Japan. "Date Alive", has been described as a spoof of otaku (anime fan) culture. Here's my reviews.
More: Anime

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' with DisneyToon

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 18, 2014 3:00 PM
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Planes: Fire & Rescue, which is about second chances with Dusty (Dane Cook) struggling with a new career as a fire fighter, is a lot more ambitious than its predecessor. Along with a larger variety of vehicles and the creation of the vast Piston Peak National Park, there were a lot of technical challenges, too. But the details about fire fighting had to be spot-on, so that's where research and consultation with Cal Fire were vital.

REVIEW: "Planes: Fire & Rescue"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 17, 2014 8:00 PM
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Planes: Fire & Rescue bears the same relationship to the Pixar films it tries to imitate that carob does to chocolate: it’s a bland, unsatisfying substitute, devoid of the qualities that make the real thing memorable.

Disney Television Animation Announces a Trio of New Pilots and "Haunted Mansion" Special

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Disney Television Animation announced today production on three pilots and new short-form series from Aaron Springer, Jhonen Vasquez and Jenny Goldberg, Jesse LeDoux and Matt Olsen, and Ryan Quincy; Extending its overall development deal with "Phineas and Ferb" co-creator Dan Povenmire; and a "Haunted Mansion" Special.

Immersed in Movies: DreamWorks Demos New Apollo Platform

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 16, 2014 7:05 PM
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DreamWorks Animation unveiled its new Apollo software platform with How to Train Your Dragon 2, and I got an in-depth presentation last month at the Redwood City campus. Taking advantage of Intel’s multi-core technology and its own hybrid cloud computing resources, DreamWorks has come up with a next-gen platform for visual computing from data center to chip set. Harnessing more power out of the CPU, it is intuitive, interactive, artist-friendly, fully scalable, and makes computing a powerful animation and enterprise tool.

Immersed in Movies: Gutierrez and del Toro Preview 'The Book of Life' Footage

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 15, 2014 1:50 PM
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Director Jorge Gutierrez and producer Guillermo del Toro showed off some gorgeous-looking footage from The Book of Life (Oct. 17) at Fox on Monday. It boasts a distinctive design and a wonderfully tactile quality, revealing that Reel FX (Free Birds) has come of age as an animated indie. And it looks like fun, family entertainment that certainly breaks the CG norm, which del Toro emphasized.

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