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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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BOOK REVIEW: "The Art Of Turbo"

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • July 22, 2013 1:36 AM
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The Art of Turbo revels in details that nicely complement a viewing of the film. Overall, Robert Abele's book is strongest in conveying the conceptions behind the film, and the insights and ideas of the designers and artists.

Disney Crossover 2: Phineas and Ferb Meet Star Wars

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 20, 2013 1:55 AM
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First Marvel, now Star Wars. Announced today at Comic Con, Disney animated hit series Phineas and Ferb is planing another company-wide crossover, this time with Lucasfilm. The series creators are palnning "an epic ode to Star Wars" now in production.

Immersed in Movies: 'How to Train Your Dragon 2' Wows Comic-Con

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 19, 2013 3:20 AM
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Thursday's DreamWorks Animation Comic-Con panel touting Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, and How to Train Your Dragon 2 turned into a lovefest for next year's sequel helmed by Dean DeBlois. There were plenty of thrills with new footage and surprises with the announcement of Game of Throne's Kit Harington joining the voice cast...

"Rio 2" teaser 2

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 19, 2013 1:25 AM
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Second in a series of teaser trailers for the Fox-Blue Sky Spring 2014 release, Rio 2, can be summed up in a word: cute.

Disney's Overhead Advertising for "Planes"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 18, 2013 12:01 AM
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I've seen all manner of advertising in this town - i.e. mega building-size billboards that rival Times Square - but in all my years of riding subways, this was a first: Disney has plastered the ceilings of LA subway cars with posters for their forthcoming animated feature, Planes.

DVD REVIEW: "Regular Show, Seasons 1 and 2"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • July 17, 2013 4:00 PM
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Regular Show is regular - and it's not. According to the show's creator, J.G. Quintel, the title indeed teeters between irony and accuracy. Here's an overview of the series with a discussion with its creator.

REVIEW: Dreamworks "Turbo"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 17, 2013 12:01 AM
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Turbo plays like a mash-up of Ratatouille, Cars and Breaking Away. It isn’t a bad film, but it feels very, very familiar, even on the first viewing.

For The Discerning SpongeBob Fan Who Has Everything...

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 16, 2013 7:40 PM
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Yes, Nickelodeon has famously put their popular yellow hero on just about everything you can care to name (and then some). However, the opportunity to plaster him all over your vehicle (in a legally permissible way) has eluded the diehard fan, until now.

SHORT SHOWCASE: "Fit To Be Squared" by James Sugrue

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 16, 2013 2:31 AM
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An intrepid alien gets the straight dope on earth...literally! Fit To Be Squared is the latest short from New York-based animator James Sugrue. A refreshing throwback to classic hand drawn funny stuff - and a perfect antidote for the summertime blues.

Immersed in Movies: David Soren Talks 'Turbo'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 12, 2013 3:00 PM
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An extraordinary snail competing in the Indy 500. For first-time director David Soren (Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa), it was an opportunity to riff on superheroes and racing in DreamWorks' Turbo. Soren spoke to me about his fast paced animated feature.

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