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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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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.

Academy Acquires Abe Levitow Collection

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 29, 2013 2:30 AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced late last week the gift of the Abe and Charlotte Levitow Collection featuring animation art and related production materials documenting the career of animator Abe Levitow.

Immersed in Movies: DeBlois & Struzan Talk Postering 'How to Train Your Dragon 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 27, 2013 2:00 AM
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One of the highlights of Comic-Con for me was chatting with Dean DeBlois and legendary artist Drew Struzan about his exclusive How to Train Your Dragon 2 teaser poster.

Immersed in Movies: Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn Talk 'Cloudy 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 26, 2013 1:37 PM
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I caught up with Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 directors Cody Cameron & Kris Pearn at Comic-Con, and they discussed taking it from a horror riff to a monster mash.

DVD REVIEW: "Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • July 26, 2013 1:30 PM
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The long-running Fat Albert and The Cosby Kids was Filmation's crown jewel. It is one of those instances in which the show's content transcended the limited animation. Shout Factory has just released the entire series on DVD - and here's a complete overview.

Immersed in Movies: Disney's 'Frozen' Heats Up SIGGRAPH

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 24, 2013 3:36 PM
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Disney's Frozen wowed the tech crowd at SIGGRAPH in Anaheim on Tuesday, revealing a more stunning and sophisticated 2D/CG blend than was previously displayed on Tangled, Wreck-It Ralph, and the Oscar-winning Paperman short.

FIRST PEEK: Disney's "Wander Over Yonder"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 23, 2013 2:25 AM
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No one is more excited about Craig McCracken's new Disney series, Wander Over Yonder, as I am. Disney has released a small peek. Take a look.

Bullwinkle Statue Removed!

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 22, 2013 7:31 PM
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Earlier today, the landmark Rocky & Bullwinkle statue was removed from its Sunset Blvd. location of over 50 years. It was sent to Dreamworks Animation for repair. But where will it end up after that?

Immersed in Movies: Talking 'The LEGO Movie' at Comic-Con

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • July 22, 2013 3:00 PM
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The LEGO Movie (Feb. 7, 2014) was best summed up by directors Phil Lord, Chris Miller, and Chris McKay at Comic-Con as an organic stop-motion vibe, as though LEGOS had really come to life. Imagine if Michael Bay had kidnapped Henry Selick and forced him to make the movie he saw in his brain.

FULL TRAILER: Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • July 22, 2013 1:40 PM
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We post the teaser last month. Now, here is the full-length trailer for anime-master Hayao Miyazaki's latest Studio Ghibli release, The Wind Rises. The film tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the infamous Japanese Zero Fighters used in World War II.

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