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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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Dreamworks Buys Trolls

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 12, 2013 2:28 AM
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The Trolls joins the portfolio of well-known characters Dreamworks recently acquired with their purchase of Classic Media (which included rights to Underdog, Casper The Friendly Ghost, Rankin-Bass' Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, Mr. Magoo and literally hundreds of others).

Immersed in Movies: Disney Animation Lays Off Hand-Drawn 2D Vets

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 11, 2013 8:29 PM
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  • 9 Comments
How sad and ironic: A week after the wonderful "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" 25th anniversary celebration at the Academy, Disney lays off some key hand-drawn 2D animation vets as part of its studio-wide downsizing.

DVD Review: Disney's Sofia The First

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • April 11, 2013 3:00 PM
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According to the Nielsen ratings, Disney Channel's Sofia The First is the most-watched cable series among children 2 to 5. I've asked Greg Ehrbar, Animation Scoop's steadfast DVD reviewer, to take a look at the recently released Sofia The First DVD and let us know what all the fuss is about.

Video Scoop: "Riverside" by Chris Garrison

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 11, 2013 12:01 AM
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Cartoonist/animator Chris Garrison just finished animating this music video, Riverside, for Birmingham Alabama-based group 13 Ghosts. Garrison effectively combines the song's dark love story with a fun cartoony look.

Los Angeles Children's Film Festival to Premiere Several Animated Features

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 10, 2013 10:42 PM
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The Los Angeles Children's Film Festival will screen at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica from Friday April 26th through Sunday May 5th. The LACFF is providing a unique opportunity to see animated features that may have no other outlet in the United States.

"Duck Tales" Video Game Returns in HD

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • April 10, 2013 12:45 AM
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WayForward and Capcom have recently announced that they are releasing an HD remake of DuckTales, an asset for asset remastering of the original 1989 game, with high resolution imagery on the characters, backgrounds, and remastered audio.

Beware This Awful Knock-Off of Cars

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 10, 2013 12:30 AM
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Those who read my postings over the years know that I not only discuss the best in animation, but occasionally highlight some of the worst. Case in point: Car's Life 3: The Royal Heist.
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Appreciating The Animated Annette

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • April 9, 2013 1:16 PM
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Annette Funicello's passing has created a huge wave of emotional reaction, and it shouldn't be forgotten that Annette also made her mark in animation. Not in a Disney feature or even a cartoon short, but in a set of wonderful stop-motion sequences created by two other Disney Legends, X Atencio and Bill Justice.

Video Game Survey: Much More Than Space Marines

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • April 9, 2013 7:00 AM
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When most people in the mainstream think about videogames, they often think of things like blazing guns, smashing bricks with your head, or hyper real graphics… and sometimes all three. Perhaps that's what makes a these games stand out from the crowd.

Examine Every Tex Avery Cartoon Film-by-Film

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 9, 2013 12:01 AM
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Seattle-based author, artist Frank M. Young has spent the last six years studying the work of comic artist/writer John Stanley in his excellent Stanley Stories blog. His new online project is to throughly examine the films of animator Tex Avery - particularly his Warner Bros. cartoons during the formative years (1936-1941) that led to Avery's later masterpieces at MGM (1942-1954).

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