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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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Immersed in Movies: Klay Hall Talks 'Planes'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2013 12:01 AM
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Director Klay Hall discusses the challenges of animating aircraft for the new Cars spin-off.

Can the General Public Tell the Difference Between 2D animation and CG animation

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • July 31, 2013 1:00 PM
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Simpson's artist Luis Escobar raises this very question on his blog as a way of stimulating discussion amongst the animation community. It's a good point to raise, especially as animated films dominate the box office and CGI is wholly dominant amongst those.

REVIEW: "Smurfs 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 31, 2013 9:00 AM
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The Smurfs 2 epitomizes the sort of toxic jollification that’s billed as "fun for the whole family," but that no one really enjoys.

HOT CLIP: "Wander Over Yonder" Opening Titles

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 30, 2013 11:53 PM
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Here's the first look at the opening titles for Craig McCracken's long awaited new series for Disney Channel, Wander Over Yonder. The main title theme song is written and performed by folk duo, Two Man Gentlemen Band; and there's a record 62 backgrounds in the 41 seconds it runs.

New Images from Disney's "Get A Horse!"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 30, 2013 1:14 PM
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Disney has released two new images - "vintage animation cels" - from its intriguing new short (which will be released with Frozen in November), Get A Horse!

Interview: "Smurfs 2" Director Raja Gosnell

  • By Jackson Murphy
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  • July 30, 2013 2:30 AM
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In this exclusive interview, Smurfs director Raja Gosnell discusses working with Jonathan Winters for the last time, his decision to introduce new Smurf characters into the established universe, and whether he'll direct a Smurfs 3.

Academy Acquires Abe Levitow Collection

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 29, 2013 2:30 AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced late last week the gift of the Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection featuring animation art and related production materials documenting the career of animator Abe Levitow.

Immersed in Movies: DeBlois & Struzan Talk Postering 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 27, 2013 2:00 AM
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One of the highlights of Comic-Con for me was chatting with Dean DeBlois and legendary artist Drew Struzan about his exclusive How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser poster.

Immersed in Movies: Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn Talk 'Cloudy 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2013 1:37 PM
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I caught up with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 directors Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn at Comic-Con, and they discussed taking it from a horror riff to a monster mash.

DVD REVIEW: "Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • July 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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The long-running Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was Filmation's crown jewel. It is one of those instances in which the show's content transcended the limited animation. Shout Factory has just released the entire series on DVD - and here's a complete overview.

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