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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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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.

COMIC CON: Saturday Animation Highlights

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 6, 2013 4:17 PM
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Saturday at the San Diego Comic Con is always sheer pandemonium. Here's the animation highlights on Saturday - which include a preview of Cartoon Networks' Steven Universe and Clarence, Disney's Wander Over Yonder - and Hulu's first animated series, The Awesomes.

COMIC CON: Friday Animation Highlights

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 5, 2013 8:53 PM
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Second day of the big Comic Con and again, loaded with animation panels - several opposite each other making it impossible to see it all (that is, if you can even manage to get into the rooms the panels are in) unless you're "The Flash".

COMIC CON: Thursday Animation Highlights

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 4, 2013 6:30 PM
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Comic Con International just released it's schedule for the first full day of programming, on Thursday July 18th. Some of the best cartoon-centric panels are opposite each other, making it literally impossible to see everything. If the subsequent three days have as much (or more) for the animation fan, it'll be a record.

Richard Williams Explains His App

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 4, 2013 2:25 AM
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Richard Williams is a living legend. He's dedicated his life to advancing the art of animation - and to pass his knowledge on to future generations. Williams has just recorded a short promo for his new The Animator's Survival Kit iPad app. If you care about the craft of animation - this is a must-see, must-buy.

REVIEW: "Despicable Me 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 3, 2013 9:00 AM
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Will Gru foil his plot to turn the Minions into a murderous mini-army that will enable him to rule the world? Do Gru and Lucy end up together? Anyone who doesn't know the answers to these questions 20 minutes into the film hasn’t been inside a movie theater in the last several years.

NEW TRAILER: "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 3, 2013 2:46 AM
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Food puns, Ahoy! Here is the second official trailer for Cody Cameron and Kris Pearn's sequel to Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs and it's certainly a "feast" for the eyes (pun intended). Sony will release through Columbia Pictures on September 27th - here's a "taste"...

Immersed in Movies: Director Chris Renaud Talks 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 3, 2013 12:01 AM
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The biggest challenge of Despicable Me 2? How to flip Gru from super villain to gruff hero now that his highest priority is fatherhood. For director Chris Renaud, the reference point was Terminator 2 in having him recruited to catch the latest baddie bent on world domination.

Are American Animated Films Losing Their Americanism?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • July 2, 2013 3:09 PM
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It's interesting to note that most American animated features have performed better abroad than in the USA. That begs the question: are American animated features losing their American soul?

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