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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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RETRO DVD REVIEW: Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • September 23, 2013 11:00 PM
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Another very popular late '70s Saturday morning cartoon has just reached DVD through Warner Archive and, depending on your attachment to childhood memories, is either a reason for celebration... or for an "Ugh."

Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Thompson Talks 'Cloudy 2' World Building

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 23, 2013 8:30 PM
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Justin K. Thompson discusses fantastical world building and retaining more of his painterly backgrounds in Cloudy 2 through a new technique called "Depth Styling."

"Lonely Bones" and "Tito On Ice" Win in Ottawa

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 21, 2013 8:00 PM
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The Ottawa International Animation Festival (OIAF) official competition came to an end tonight with its highly anticipated award ceremonies. Best Feature went to Sweden's "Tito On Ice". Here is the complete list of honorees:

Music From "The Croods" To Be Featured During USC/Utah Halftime Show

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 20, 2013 8:16 PM
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This Saturday, September 21st, the USC Marching Trojans will perform a "Tribute to Alan Silvestri" during half-time of the USC/Utah football game. The Marching Trojans will perform the selection "Smash & Grab" from Dreamworks Animation The Croods while footage from the film will simultaneously play on the Los Angeles Coliseum Jumbotron.

Walt Disney and Jim Henson: So similar, so different

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • September 20, 2013 1:59 PM
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Brian Jay Jones' towering new tome, Jim Henson: The Biography, released this past week. It offers the first and most comprehensive portrait of a man who is one of the most important figures in popular culture of the latter part of the 20th century. While reading the book (which despite its length, is brisk and detailed with virtually no fat or pretentious armchair analysis) there’s no escaping the comparison of Jim to Walt Disney, who might claim the same title for roughly the first half of the century.
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Final trailer for Anime Spectacular "Short Peace"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 20, 2013 12:52 AM
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Short Peace is a spectacular new four-part anime anthology feature which opened theatrically in Tokyo in July. This film should have gotten a US theatrical release, but here's the latest trailer to publicize its Japanese DVD/blu-ray release on January 16th 2014.

Immersed in Movies: Clowning Around With the Cast of 'Cloudy 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 19, 2013 2:04 AM
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It was like "The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Food" when the voice talent got together last Sunday for a Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 press conference.

ANIME REVIEW: "The Rose of Versailles"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • September 18, 2013 3:00 PM
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The Rose of Versailles makes American daytime soap operas feel restrained, but it scored an enormous hit in Japan. More than 15 million books of the manga have been sold world-wide. Right Stuff has just released the complete anime series on two-four disc sets - and here is my review.
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First Look: Woody, Buzz and Mr. Pricklepants in Pixar TV Spec "Toy Story OF TERROR!"

  • By Josh Armstrong
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  • September 18, 2013 1:45 AM
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Disney has provided Animation Scoop with an exclusive first look at the latest image from Toy Story OF TERROR! Woody, Jessie, Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head and Rex gather around Mr. Pricklepants in this new peek at Pixar's upcoming TV special.
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Animated App Review: "The Winston Show"

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • September 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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In a world of seemingly endless point and click iPad fodder, Winston is a different animal. This is not your typical "talk to the funny cartoon character" type app. There are many apps where you are recorded, then your voice is played back at a higher or lower pitch, faking interactive dialog. Not here! The Winston Show delivers true interaction.

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