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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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FIRST LOOK: Spongebob Scarepants!

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 4, 2013 8:33 PM
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An all-new Halloween themed episode, a new online game, and lavish coffee table book starring Spongebob are about to appear. Here's the scoop...

Simpsons "Treehouse of Horror" Couch Gag by Guillermo del Toro

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 4, 2013 3:05 AM
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The Couch Gag for this years Treehouse of Horror episode of The Simpsons is a sci-fi/horror/fantasy classic. Look fast and you might spot cameos by Rod Serling, Ray Bradbury, Klattu, Robot Monster and the Lost In Space robot.

Scott Mendelson Makes Amends; Clarifies View That Feature Animation Technically Is a Genre

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • October 2, 2013 2:04 PM
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Last month Scott Mendelson at Forbes posted an incendiary article where he postulated the view that the crop of animated films released over the summer constituted a glut of the artform. Well, now he’s making amends - sort of.

Scary Story: How Pixar crafted the TV special "Toy Story of TERROR!"

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • October 1, 2013 2:00 AM
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It is common for today's biggest animated franchises to eventually receive a holiday special, often tied in some way to Christmas. But when ABC showed interest in Pixar developing a Toy Story special, the studio decided to think outside the toy box.
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Immersed in Movies: John Musker Talks 'Little Mermaid' Going Blu and 'Moana'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 30, 2013 6:30 AM
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John Musker looks back on The Little Mermaid, which comes out on Blu-ray this week, and ahead to Moana, his first CG feature with Ron Clements.

TEASER: "The Nut Job"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 27, 2013 7:51 PM
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Here's the teaser for The Nut Job, Open Road's new animated 3D feature opening January 2014. The film looks a little like a feature version of Chuck Jones 1953 Merrie Melodies short Much Ado About Nutting. Take a look.

Nickelodeon Greenlights "Bad Seeds" and "Pig Goat Banana Cricket"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 27, 2013 6:00 AM
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Nickelodeon announced yesterday that it has ordered 26 episodes of two new animated series: C.H. Greenblatt's Bad Seeds - and Dave Cooper and J. Ryan's Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Both will be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif.

NEW TRAILER: Disney's "Frozen"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 26, 2013 9:30 PM
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Cool - no pun intended. Disney released its official full length trailer for Frozen today - and it looks hot (pun intended).

NEW TRAILER: "Free Birds"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 26, 2013 9:16 PM
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Here's the latest trailer from Reel FX's feature film, Free Birds, Opening November 1st. Take a gander...

Detroit Institute of Art Animation Retrospective: "Watch Me Move"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 26, 2013 12:58 PM
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Beginning Sunday October 6th and running through January 5th, 2014, the Detroit Instutite of Arts (DIA) will exhibit Watch Me Move: The Animation Show. This is a must-see art show and film festival for all who appreciate animation, its varied forms and its rich history.

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