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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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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?

Laika teases "The Boxtrolls"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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Laika, the Portland-based studio stop-motion studio (Coraline, ParaNorman) has released its first teaser for The Boxtrolls. Focus Features will release the film featuring the voices of Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette and Tracy Morgan, in theaters next year. Here's a peek.

Dreamworks final "Turbo" trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 2, 2013 11:28 AM
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Monsters University is a hit, Despicable Me 2 is tracking very well. With Smurfs 2 and Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2 on tap, it's a bit refreshing to see an original concept enter the summer sweepstakes. Dreamworks' Turbo is shaping up to be a strong contender for families looking for something different.

"Crime: The Animated Series"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 1, 2013 2:01 PM
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Los Angeles' Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) has teamed with Toronto based animator Sam Chou and writer/filmmaker Alix Lambert to adapt Lambert's book Crime into a six-part web-series. The show is an exploration of crime and criminal behavior using real interviews and real stories from the actual people. It features a bank robbers, cops, gangsters, and victims of crime but ultimately it's about how crime affects all of us. Also, each episode has a drastically different look and is animated by different animator/designers.

Animation Auction Highlights

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 1, 2013 7:00 AM
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Opening this month at the Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, California, is a preview showing of original animation art being offered in an incredible auction by Profiles in History. The auction includes over 900 lots that include key pieces from just about every classic Disney animated feature, and rare material from Hollywood cartoon shorts.

First Marvel/Disney Crossover Set For August 16th: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 28, 2013 12:01 PM
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Disney is making a big deal out of this - and rightly so. Two iconic universes collide when Marvel and Disney characters team up in Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel. This first ever corporate brand crossover premieres Friday August 16th at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. Here's the scoop...

Jerry Beck's Animation Events

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 27, 2013 3:06 PM
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Here's an update of my doings over the next month or two, a run-down of public screenings I will be hosting, attending or moderating. Hope to see you at one of these.
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Immersed in Movies: Producing/Writing 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 26, 2013 12:01 AM
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In this season of sequels, nothing has been more eagerly awaited than the return of Gru and the Minions in Despicable Me 2. But where to go next with a domesticated super villain and his childish yellow henchmen? I asked writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and producer Chris Meledandri what it was like softening Gru around the edges while still staying true to Gru (we'll hear from director Chris Renaud next week).

FIRST PEEK: Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 25, 2013 2:30 AM
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Here's the first glimpse, via a 35-sec teaser, for the latest Hayao Miyazaki feature, The Wind Rises. The film tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the infamous Japanese Zero Fighters used in World War II. The Wind Rises opens in Japan on July 20th, no U.S. release has been set - yet.

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