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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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Is "Monster In Paris" Catching on?

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 14, 2013 12:00 PM
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After being named the "Movie of the Week" in iTunes last week, Bibo Bergeron's french animated feature A Monster in Paris is now ranked #9 on iTunes.

Could The Disney Animated App Breed Future Animators?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • August 13, 2013 12:01 AM
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Will Disney's new Animated app will have greater value beyond the obvious entertainment it provides? Will it entice kids to take up animation in a serious way when they get older?

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper Into Pixar's 'The Good Dinosaur' at D23

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 12, 2013 8:30 PM
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"The Art of The Good Dinosaur" D23 panel discussion on Saturday offered a good grounding in the design of the agrarian dinos and the world they inhabit in the upcoming Pixar feature.

Notes on the D23 Presentation

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 10, 2013 7:00 PM
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Disney gave a helluva 2-and-a-half-hour presentation yesterday at D23 to tout all its upcoming animated films. Bill Desowitz wrote about it all in the previous post, but I thought I share a few of my my thoughts on the good stuff.

Immersed in Movies: D23 Touts Disney DNA

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 9, 2013 11:57 PM
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The big takeaway at Friday's D23 Expo presentation of Disney and Pixar animation was that hand-drawn is still very much a part of the evolving aesthetic.

Instant Knock-Off: Lionsgate's "Wings"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 9, 2013 12:01 AM
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This didn't take long. On Tuesday, Lionsgate released an English dub of a Russian animated feature that is a direct knock-off of Disney's Planes. Featuring the voices of Josh Duhamel, Rob Schneider, Hilary Duff, Tom Skerritt, and Jesse McCartney, "Wings" can now be purchased at Walmart or rented through Redbox. Here's the official trailer.

REVIEW: Disney's "Planes"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • August 8, 2013 6:00 PM
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The characters and plot in Planes are so familiar, it feels like Disney went directly to Planes 2 or 3, without bothering to pause at a first movie. It’s yet another underdog-coming-from-behind story with elements of Cars, Cars 2, Despicable Me and Turbo.

The Animated Olsons: Where Phineas & Ferb Meet Finn & Jake

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • August 8, 2013 12:36 AM
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On Phineas & Ferb, Martin Olson is a writer, actor and songwriter; his daughter Olivia sings many of the songs and performs the voice of Dr. Doofensmirtz's daughter, Vanessa. On Adventure Time, Olivia voices and sings for vampire Marceline - with Martin voicing her evil dad. I sat down with Martin and Olivia to get the story on how they do it all.

Lego "Adventure Time" Titles by Screen Novelties

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 7, 2013 12:01 AM
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Check this out - the opening titles for Cartoon Network's hit series Adventure Time, recreated in Lego by LA-based stop-motion studio Screen Novelties.

Blu-Ray Buzz: "The Puppetoon Movie"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 6, 2013 9:00 AM
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  • 14 Comments
It's tough-sledding these days for classic animation collectors with less and less being made available on DVD and Blu-Ray. But here's some good news. A boutique video producer/distributor, B2MP, Inc. has licensed Arnold Leibovit's 1987 compilation feature The Puppetoon Movie and is making it available exclusively on blu-ray.

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