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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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Fan-Made "Lost In Space" Animated Pilot Should Go To Series

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 17, 2014 1:25 PM
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Dear 20th Century-Fox, they say "you can't go home again", and New Line's 1998 feature version proved that - but this morning I had a look at animator Scott O'Brien's test film for a 2003 pitch to revive Lost In Space and I implore you to consider bringing this show - using the actual soundtracks from the original series - to series.

Dreamworks TV's Margie Cohn and Titmouse's Chris Prynoski talk 'TURBO FAST'

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • June 17, 2014 12:30 AM
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Dreamworks Animation's Turbo FAST made its debut last December as Netflix's first original animated series, the first of 300 hours of programming arrangement between Netflix and Dreamworks. It is produced by DreamWorks through Hollywood's Titmouse Inc. I spoke with Dreamworks's Margie Cohn and Titmouse topper Chris Prynoski about the show.

ShortsHD Acquires Bill Plympton's Library of Shorts and Features for Distribution.

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 16, 2014 9:31 PM
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The short movie channel ShortsHD has acquired animator Bill Plympton's entire library of shorts and features for distribution. They are the company that distributes all the Oscar nominated shorts in theaters and Plympton is supporting the acquisition by shooting intros and outro segments to tie in with his shorts and features.

Chasing Teens and Catching Them With 'The Bravest Warriors'

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • June 16, 2014 7:15 PM
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The internet has unleashed a plethora of animated series and one of best of these is Frederator's Bravest Warriors. Although the show doesn't have the budget as its Adventure Time cousin, what its creative team has been able to conjour up is light years ahead of many of the web cartoons we've seen so far in terms of quality.

Casey Kasem (1932-2014)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 15, 2014 11:50 AM
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The voice of "Shaggy" on Scooby Doo, "Robin the Boy Wonder" on Superfiends and "Alexander Cabot" on Josie and The Pussycats - among many others - has been silenced. Casey Kasem passed away this morning in a hospital in Seattle of natural causes.

Adult Swim Streams J.J. Villard's 'King Star King'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 14, 2014 3:00 PM
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  • 11 Comments
What the hell is King Star King? Is it genius or pornography? It's certainly the work of a mad man, its creator J.J. Villard. Adult Swim's latest series may be too hot for broadcast or cable, but its a hallucinatory cartoon acid trip - and its first season order of all six episodes will debut Sunday on Adult Swim.com.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper Into 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 13, 2014 1:00 PM
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The first thing you notice about How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a lot more detail in the characters as well as in the more expansive environments, which reflect a real world sensibility and the beauty of Norway. And a lot of credit goes to the new Premo software package, which empowered the artists to go further creatively than ever before at DreamWorks.

ANIME DVD REVIEWS: 'Fuse' and 'Hakkenden'

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • June 13, 2014 9:00 AM
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Recent anime releases of two series from directors Masayuki Miyaji, Osamu Yamasaki and Mitsue Yamazaki are visually dazzling and emotionally challenging . Here are two shows you should take note of.
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TRAILER: The Weinstein Company's 'Paddington'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 12, 2014 6:00 PM
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Here's our first look at The Weinstein Company's 'Paddington', a hybrid live action and animated feature based on novels by Michael Bond. Directed by Paul King (BBC Three's The Mighty Boosh), it features Nicole Kidman, Sally Hawkins and Julie Waters in lead roles. Colin Firth provides the voice of Paddington.

GKIDS Acquires US Rights to Studio Ghibli Documentary 'The Kingdom Of Dreams and Madness'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 12, 2014 4:55 PM
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Gkids has announced that it has entered a distribution agreement with Studio Ghibli for North American Rights to the documentary, The Kingdom of Dreams and Madness, prior to its appearance at Annecy International Animation Film Festival.

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