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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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FEATURE REVIEW: "Epic"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • May 23, 2013 6:00 PM
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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.

TV SPOTLIGHT: "Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • May 22, 2013 6:31 PM
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Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters is an animated action/adventure TV series based on a collectible card game developed by Wizards of the Coast and produced by Hasbro Studios. We talked with three members of the creative team. One of the things they wanted to make clear was that this is not just another “Pokemon.”

Immersed in Movies: Sizing Up 'Epic'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 22, 2013 12:41 PM
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Blue Sky's biggest achievement on Epic was going naturalistic for a more believable animation style. However, scale was the biggest challenge in delineating the human and microscopic forest worlds, according to producer Michael Travers, production designer Greg Couch, and animation supervisors Galen Chu and Melvin Tan.

Watch the 10-Minute Cannes Trailer for Osamu Tezuka's "Buddha 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 21, 2013 12:03 AM
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This past week, at the Cannes Film Festival, Toei has unveiled this ten-minute preview for their anime epic Buddha 2: Endless Journey. Based on Osamu Tezuka's classic manga series, the second part of a planned trilogy, the feature is scheduled to be released theatrically in Japan in February 2014.

Talking An "Animated Life" with Floyd Norman

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • May 20, 2013 1:15 PM
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Floyd Norman's new book covers his career at the Disney studio, his work with Pixar, and some of his other endeavors in animation through the years. This is not just a straight biography, however. Animated Life also includes many great pieces of information, discovered during a lifetime of working in animation and story.

Disney Begins Production on "Star Wars Rebels"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 20, 2013 10:00 AM
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Disney has begun production on an all-new animated television series, Star Wars Rebels. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

How Will We View Adventure Time in 20 Years?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • May 20, 2013 12:01 AM
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  • 18 Comments
Far and away the hottest cartoon on TV right now. Is Adventure Time as the start of a great era, or the pinnacle of one?

Amanda Visell's Amazing Ren & Stimpy and Disney Wood Sculpts

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 18, 2013 3:42 AM
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You need to see these. Artist Amanda Visell recently created a set of uber-cool Ren & Stimpy wood figures for Nickelodeon and I am 8bit. These limited edition Acrylic on hand-crafted wood-sculptures are very expensive - but so cool to look at.

Trailer for Bollywood's First Animated Porno Film

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 17, 2013 4:11 PM
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Well, it had to happen. As India's animation industry grows and gains sophistication, pornography was sure to follow. Here's the trailer - it is "safe for work",

New "Planes" Preview Clip Soars

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 16, 2013 12:57 PM
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Disney has released just this 2 and a half minute compilation of clips from its forthcoming theatrical feature, Planes. And I have to admit, it's looking a bit more "theatrical" (the film was originally made-for-video, produced through Glendale-based Disneytoon Studios).

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