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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: Talking 'Monsters U' with Billy Crystal and John Goodman

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 4, 2013 2:25 AM
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In Monsters University, Pixar's oddest odd couple, Mike and Sulley, meet for the first time in college as fierce rivals before becoming best buddies in Monsters, Inc. Co-stars Billy Crystal and John Goodman recently reminisced about their own college years and what it was like reuniting a decade later for Pixar's first prequel.

ANIME REVIEW: "Tiger & Bunny"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • June 3, 2013 2:00 PM
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Mismatched duos have been a staple of comic strips and animation since Bud Fisher’s "Mutt and Jeff" debuted in 1907; It’s a story device that seems infinitely recyclable, and the latest unlikely duo to prove it are crime-fighters Kotetsu "Wild Tiger" Kaburagi and Barnaby "Bunny" Brooks, Jr., in Tiger & Bunny.

"Adventure Time" Season 1 & 2 Blu-Ray Contest

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 3, 2013 12:01 PM
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We held our first contest today. The contest is now closed - but check out what we gave away.

Does a Dose of Controversy Help An Animated TV Show?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • June 3, 2013 12:01 AM
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When all is said and done, does controversy help or hinder a series? Do controversial shows really have an edge when it comes to their success?
More: SheZow

Olive Films To Release "Betty Boop: The Essential Collection"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 31, 2013 9:38 PM
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Big news for classic cartoon fans: Olive Films, has announced a July release for Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 1 (1932-1937).

Under the Magnifying Glass: "Injustice: Gods Among Us"

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • May 31, 2013 3:00 AM
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Created by Mortal Kombat developers NetherRealm Studios, Injustice: Gods Among Us lets you take part in a cross dimensional conflict of epic proportions. If you like fighting games, or the DC universe, you will very much like this.

GKids and Cinedigm Announce New Multi-Platform Home Distribution Label

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 31, 2013 2:10 AM
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GKIDS, distributor of award-winning animation for adult audiences, has teamed with Cinedigm to launch a new multi-platform animation label. Studio Ghibli's From Up On Poppy Hill is the first of seven new GKIDS titles included under the pact, bringing acclaimed international features to North American audiences.
More: GKIDS, Cinedigm

Latest and Final "Monsters University" trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 30, 2013 3:00 PM
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Here is the latest - and final - look at Pixar's Monsters University we'll get before the film opens on June 21st. Too early to judge, but it looks great - and it certainly promises to be fun.

Retro 30s Cartoon Game "Crazy Hotel"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 30, 2013 2:30 PM
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My long-time readers know I'm crazy about "retro-style" animation - i.e. new animated films in the style of 20s-30s-40s-50s - heck, even 60s and 70s - cartoon modes. Here's a new crowd funded project that has certainly caught my eye: Fleisch & Cherry in Crazy House.

CTN to open Center Stage Galley in Burbank

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 30, 2013 1:51 AM
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The Creative Talent Network - best known as host of The CTN Animation Expo - will be opening a new kind of gallery in Burbank beginning June 13th. In association with Stuart Ng Books and Wacom Technologies, The Center Stage Gallery will be a permanent space to celebrate artists from the feature film, illustration and video industries.

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