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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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FIRST TEASER: "How To Train Your Dragon 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 12, 2013 11:45 AM
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Soaring. That's the best word to sum up this teaser trailer for Dreamworks Animation's sequel How To Train Your Dragon 2. Currently in production under director Dean DeBlois with a reunited cast including Jay Baruchel, Gerard Butler, Craig Ferguson, Jonah Hill and Kristen Wiig - take a look.

Immersed in Movies: Adam Green Talks Animating 'Holliston'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 12, 2013 12:01 AM
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Next Tuesday, the Holliston horror-com series on FEARnet gets animated for the first time with a riff on Scooby-Doo titled "Blobby." I spoke with director Adam Green about working with Six Point Harness (El Tigre) and pushing the envelope for this Wayne's World meets Saw sitcom in its second season about a pair of would-be filmmakers (Green and Joe Lynch) running a cable-access station in Green's small hometown of Holliston, Mass.

FIRST IMAGE from Sony's "Popeye"?

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 11, 2013 7:50 PM
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This image mysteriously appeared today on Facebook - and methinks its the teaser poster for Genndy Tartakovsky's Popeye feature, currently in production at Sony Animation for 2015 Columbia Pictures release.

FIRST LOOK: Trailer for "Saving Mr. Banks"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 11, 2013 1:59 PM
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Here's the first footage of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in "Saving Mr. Banks" - the story of how Mary Poppins was acquired by the Disney company from author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson). It looks terrific!

Teaser for Isao Takahata's "The Tale of Princess Kaguya"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 11, 2013 12:01 AM
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Studio Ghibli co-founder, Isao Takahata (The Grave of the Fireflies) returns to directing after more than a decade with an adaptation of a classic tale of tenth century Japan. This brief teaser just appeared on Japanese television - take a look.

Can Someone Explain How Kanye West Got Involved With A Jetsons Movie?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • July 10, 2013 7:30 PM
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Can someone please explain why a contemporary pop star is being allowed near the hallowed animated property that is The Jetsons? Did nobody learn the lesson from the last time, no?

DVD REVIEW: Robot Chicken - DC Comics Special

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • July 10, 2013 2:00 PM
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Adult Swim's bawdy puppet animation series takes on the DC Superheroes in this new DVD release. The show is not for everyone, but for those who know the comics this is a hilarious must-have.

Schneider and Trejo dub "Top Cat: The Movie"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 9, 2013 8:10 PM
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Comedian Rob Schneider and Grindhouse mainstay Danny Trejo are lending their voices to "pivotal characters" in the VIVA Pictures pick-up, Top Cat: The Movie, which will hit theaters, digital download and home entertainment in August.
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Old Navy's "Mickey Through The Decades" Collection

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 9, 2013 2:20 AM
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We don't usually do fashion pieces here, but this new Mickey Through The Decades collection has caught my eye. Lest you think the new Mickey Mouse shorts for the Disney Channel, or the forthcoming theatrical cartoon, Get A Horse, are the only retro-Mickey/Minnie projects on the Disney agenda - think again.

COMIC CON: Sunday Animation Highlights

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 7, 2013 7:18 PM
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The final day of the San Diego Comic Con (aka Comic Con, aka Comic Con International: San Diego) is traditionally earmarked for kids - but there are plenty of things of interest to the animation community, and all fans of the art. Here are selected highlights of the panels and screenings planed for that day.

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