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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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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.

Sony Pictures Animation Announces Hand-Drawn Smurfs Mini-Movie

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • August 5, 2013 2:17 PM
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  • 5 Comments
The Smurfs 2 may not have done as well at the box office as the studio hoped, but a brand new mostly hand drawn short (a 22-minute "mini-movie") is coming to the rescue.

DVD REVIEW: Angry Beavers - The Complete Series

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • August 5, 2013 3:30 AM
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The newly released "complete series" DVD from Shout Factory contains 62 episodes but alas, no bonus features. I asked one of the show’s five directors, Gary Conrad (now working on "The Fairly OddParents"), to comment on the episodes he worked and what he liked best about the vintage Nickelodeon series.

Immersed in Movies: Klay Hall Talks 'Planes'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • August 1, 2013 12:01 AM
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Director Klay Hall discusses the challenges of animating aircraft for the new Cars spin-off.

Can the General Public Tell the Difference Between 2D animation and CG animation

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • July 31, 2013 1:00 PM
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  • 26 Comments
Simpson's artist Luis Escobar raises this very question on his blog as a way of stimulating discussion amongst the animation community. It's a good point to raise, especially as animated films dominate the box office and CGI is wholly dominant amongst those.

REVIEW: "Smurfs 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • July 31, 2013 9:00 AM
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The Smurfs 2 epitomizes the sort of toxic jollification that’s billed as "fun for the whole family," but that no one really enjoys.

HOT CLIP: "Wander Over Yonder" Opening Titles

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 30, 2013 11:53 PM
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Here's the first look at the opening titles for Craig McCracken's long awaited new series for Disney Channel, Wander Over Yonder. The main title theme song is written and performed by folk duo, Two Man Gentlemen Band; and there's a record 62 backgrounds in the 41 seconds it runs.

New Images from Disney's "Get A Horse!"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 30, 2013 1:14 PM
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Disney has released two new images - "vintage animation cels" - from its intriguing new short (which will be released with Frozen in November), Get A Horse!

Interview: "Smurfs 2" Director Raja Gosnell

  • By Jackson Murphy
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  • July 30, 2013 2:30 AM
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In this exclusive interview, Smurfs director Raja Gosnell discusses working with Jonathan Winters for the last time, his decision to introduce new Smurf characters into the established universe, and whether he'll direct a Smurfs 3.

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