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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 Bros. to Produce New "Flintstones" Feature with WWE Wrestlers

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 29, 2013 11:10 AM
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  • 14 Comments
Yabba-Dabba Don't! Fred and Barney will soon share the screen with WWE superstars "Vince McMagma" (voiced by Vince McMahon), "John Cenastone" (John Cena) and "CM Punkrock" (CM Punk). Warner Bros. is teaming with WWE Studios to co-produce a Flintstones animated feature film, scheduled for direct-to-video release in early 2015.

TV SPOTLIGHT: The Hub's "SheZow" trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 29, 2013 12:19 AM
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  • 3 Comments
Starting next Saturday, The Hub will debut SheZow, a new super hero. Secretly he's a 12-year-old boy named Guy, who uses a magic ring to transform himself into a costumed crime fighter. With three magic words, "You go girl!" Guy becomes SheZow - a kick-ass female super hero! Here's the trailer.
More: The Hub, SheZow

Latest and Final "Planes" trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 28, 2013 7:26 PM
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  • 2 Comments
Here is the last advance look at Disney's Planes before its release on August 9th.

2nd Trailer Masaaki Yuasa's "Kick-Heart"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 28, 2013 8:30 AM
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  • 1 Comment
We posted last month about the wild new short film directed by Masaaki Yuasa (Mind Game). Here's the official trailer for the film, which was produced through crowd funding via Kickstarter, in collabortion with Japan's Production I.G. It has been selected for competition by France's Annecy Animation Festival in June.

TRAILER: Fox's "Walking With Dinosaurs"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 28, 2013 1:06 AM
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After The Croods, Epic and Turbo, 20th Century-Fox has a fourth animated feature coming out during 2013 - Walking With Dinosaurs The Movie 3D. Directed by Barry Cook (Mulan) with documentary filmmaker Nigel Nightengale, with animation from Australia's Animal Logic (Happy Feet), here's the trailer.

BOOK REVIEW: "The Art of EPIC"

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • May 27, 2013 9:00 AM
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Blu Sky's Epic is a visually stunning film, an amazing leap forward for the Connecticut studio; no previous film by the team has been as technically impressive or imaginatively executed, and this is where author Tara Bennett shines as chronicler.
More: Blue Sky, Epic

BOOK REVIEW: "Mickey Mouse Color Sundays"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 27, 2013 6:00 AM
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Some of the best Disney scholarship being done today is hidden in the margins of a series of Mickey Mouse comic strip reprint books being published by Fantagraphics Books. The latest one is a must-have.

TV PREVIEW: "Sanjay and Craig"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 24, 2013 12:35 AM
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Here's a sneak peek at a new series that Nickelodeon will debut this Saturday morning. I want to give you the heads up: this one's a winner!

Dreamworks Concocts Faux Energy Drink Campaign for "Turbo"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 23, 2013 11:00 PM
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  • 1 Comment
Just in time for Indy 500 weekend! Dreamworks has created a faux-ad for a faux-energy drink - endorsed by race car driver Guy Gagne (voiced by Bill Hader), a character featured in Dreamworks' forthcoming Turbo. Check it out.

FEATURE REVIEW: "Epic"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • May 23, 2013 6:00 PM
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  • 5 Comments
It's not a disaster or an embarrassment like Hoodwinked or Barnyard, but given the experience and abilities of Chris Wedge and Blue Sky artists, it should be better.

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