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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: Chris Wedge Gets 'Epic'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 16, 2013 12:01 AM
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Epic is not only Blue Sky's best movie but also director Chris Wedge's most personal, too: a swashbuckling, samurai action/adventure that takes place in a lush, microscopic forest world. It's familiar and new; naturalistic and fantastical. And it's about looking beneath the surface and discovering hidden truths about life and nature.

Tropical Love Birds Return in the Teaser for "Rio 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 15, 2013 6:32 PM
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Fox has just released its teaser for Rio 2 which opens next April. Tropical lovebirds, Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) return in the sequel, along with newcomers Kristen Chenoweth, Bruno Mars and Amandla Stenberg.
More: Rio 2, Blue Sky

Anime Review: "Kids On The Slope"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • May 15, 2013 3:00 PM
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Shinichiro Watanabe's latest series, Kids on the Slope, adapted from the award-winning manga by Yuki Kodama, showcases his versatility as a director and his ability to create characters with depth and believability.

Should Pixar Have Made "Monsters University" For Older Audiences?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • May 15, 2013 12:01 AM
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Is Pixar losing out on an opportunity to bring such teenagers back into the animation fold?

"She-Ra" in Prime Time? Funny or Die Suggests This Reboot to Ailing NBC

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 14, 2013 1:14 PM
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Singer Kylie Minogue as She-Ra? Check out this spoof of Filmation's He-Man/She-Ra universe, which also skewers NBC's television marketing, as well as Hollywood's baby-boomer reboot culture.

Annie Awards: Key Dates for Award Season Announced

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 14, 2013 2:20 AM
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The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced its Key Dates for the upcoming awards season.

Mind-Blowing Trailer for Ari Folman's THE CONGRESS

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 13, 2013 6:27 PM
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Here's the international trailer for Ari Folman's, The Congress, based on Stanislaw Lem's The Futurological Congress. Starring Harvey Keitel and Robin Wright, it opens the Directors Fortnight at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

Annette in "Mister Piano Man"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 13, 2013 12:01 AM
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To help draw more attention to the Annette Funicello Fund, Orlando Florida-based animator Bob Duane took artist Kevin Kidney's paper cut-out design of Annette and animated it in the stop-mo style of Bill Justice and X. Atencio.

Crowd-Funday Sunday

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 12, 2013 12:01 AM
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Starting this week, I going to highlight a worthy crowd funding project on a regular basis, once a week, on Sunday. Today, from Dreamworks animator Curt Stewart, his personal short, The Tale of Perdita.

Trailer for GHOST IN THE SHELL: ARISE

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 11, 2013 12:36 PM
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Here is the trailer for Ghost In The Shell: Arise, the anime prequel to the now-classic cyber-punk manga and anime series created by Masamune Shirow.

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