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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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Warner Archives revives "Marine Boy"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 24, 2013 2:47 PM
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Alongside Astro Boy, Giagantor, Eighth Man, Prince Planet, Speed Racer and Kimba: The White Lion, MARINE BOY was one of the pioneering handful of anime television series to be syndicated to the U.S. in the 1960s. Warner Archives has just announced that it is releasing the first 26 (of 78) episodes, newly restored, on DVD.

Kickstarter Watch: New Yorker Cartoonists Documentary

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 24, 2013 2:13 AM
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Wow! Here's a documentary I want to see. Joanna Sokolowski is very close to making her goal on Kickstarter and I'm hoping to spread the word here to help make it happen. Sokolowski is associate producer for Very Semi-Serious, a documentary about the people and culture surrounding New Yorker cartoons.

New York's Animation Block Party 2013

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 22, 2013 2:21 AM
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Animation Block Party is certainly the premier animation festival on the East Coast - dedicated to exhibiting all genres of the world's best independent, professional and student animation. I'm happy to announce that I am participating in this year's event as both a juror and host/curator of a special screening.

Immersed in Movies: The Monsterfication of 'Monsters University'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 21, 2013 3:00 AM
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Pixar has come a long way technologically since Monsters, Inc., so the design challenge with the Monsters University prequel was to expand the world through creative engineering while maintaining consistency. They call it "Monsterfication," and I went deeper into the process with production designer Ricky Nierva and sets art director Robert Kondo.

TRAILER: "Gatchaman"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 21, 2013 12:21 AM
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Gatchaman is best known in the US as the anime series Battle of the Planets or G-Force. But the property was created in 1972 for animation studio Tatsunko Productions. Toho is releasing a new live action film based on the characters on August 24th. Based on the trailer released today, this looks surprisingly good!

An Animated Look At The Licensing Expo

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 20, 2013 3:12 PM
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The Licensing Expo has taken over the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas this week - and the trend is animation, cartoon characters and zombies. Armed with my trusty iPhone I roamed the halls and snapped a few pix of interest.

REVIEW: "Monsters University"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • June 20, 2013 6:00 AM
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Director Dan Scanlon and his crew do a great job of spoofing campus life in this follow-up to Monsters Incorporated. If much of the story is predictable - a kind of Revenge of the Nerds with extra eyes, heads, tentacles and fur - it’s still a lot of fun.

New Trailer: "Smurfs 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 20, 2013 2:15 AM
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Opening July 31st, Sony Animation's The Smurfs 2 comes to theaters with an all-star cast - including Jonathan Winters in his final performance. Here's the latest version of the trailer.

TRAILER: "Free Birds"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 19, 2013 11:01 PM
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Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks (voiced by Owen Wilson and Woody Harrelson) must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history - and get turkey off the Thanksgiving menu for good. Here's the trailer.

What's Going to Come After The Simpsons?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • June 19, 2013 5:00 AM
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The Simpsons is far and away the most successful TV show let alone animated TV show, ever, but what will come after it's departed to the great big TV in the sky? Whose taking bets on a spin-off?

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