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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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John Korty discusses "Twice Upon A Time"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 3, 2013 12:55 PM
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Director John Korty appeared at The Cinefamily last week, to screen his personal 35mm print of the rarely seen Ladd Company/Lucasfilm animated feature Twice Upon A Time (1983). Here's a informative Q & A with director Phil Lord and programmer Alex McDonald explaining how the film got funded and its troubled production.

Inside Dreamworks "Open VDB"

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • May 2, 2013 8:13 PM
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Dreamworks has released Open VDB, an open source framework developed by DWA engineers for sparse volume data. This is especially useful for volumetric effects, such as clouds. I recently interviewed Ken Museth and Jeff Wike of Dreamworks to learn a bit more about Open VDB and what it is all about.
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Immersed in Movies: Pixar Goes Photoreal for 'Blue Umbrella' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 2, 2013 2:14 AM
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The Blue Umbrella is a new kind of enchantment for Pixar. Imagine animating "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg" from the umbrellas point of view.

HOT TRAILER: "The Painting"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 1, 2013 8:31 PM
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Jean-Francois Laguionie's clever animated parable, about the haves and the have-nots, opens via Gkids in NY on May 10th.

FIRST LOOK: Spongebob Squarepants Hot Wheels Toys

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 1, 2013 5:01 PM
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Nickelodeon has launched a brand-new SpongeBob SquarePants Hot Wheels collection featuring six die-cast vehicles inspired by characters from Bikini Bottom. I think they look pretty cool.

FIRST LOOK: Ruth Clampett's ANIMATE ME! Trailer

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 1, 2013 3:24 AM
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Here is the promo clip for Ruth Clampett's new ebook, Animate Me, which goes on sale today, through Amazon.

HOT CLIP: Superman Unbound

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 30, 2013 4:01 PM
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Man of Steel may be one of the most-anticipated movies of the summer, but true-blue Superman buffs can get a head start on the action by checking out the forthcoming Warner Animation release, Superman Unbound.

Bullwinkle and Mr. Peabody Return to Comics in Advance of Dreamworks Films

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 30, 2013 1:36 AM
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In advance of DreamWorks Animation's Mr. Peabody & Sherman feature (scheduled for release on March 7th, 2014), comics publisher IDW Publishing will release a new comic book starring the time traveling duo. Rocky and Bullwinkle are also headed back to the comics.

eBOOK REVIEW: "The Art Of Moving Points"

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • April 29, 2013 12:14 AM
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The Art of Moving Points is a solid addition to the libraries of intermediate to advanced character modelers and character riggers. I recommend picking it up.

Bugs Bunny Birthday Bash at TCM Fest

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 26, 2013 4:37 PM
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Tomorrow morning at the early hour of 9:15am, Leonard Maltin and I will be discussing the legacy and great films (i.e theatrical shorts) of Bugs Bunny at the TCM Festival, at the Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. Join us!

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