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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: Bill Plympton Talks 'Cheatin''

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 29, 2014 2:41 PM
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After a successful opening in France and a slew of festival awards, Bill Plympton's noirish Cheatin' -- his most daring feature to date -- is still having a tough time getting theatrical distribution here at home. It just goes to show that there's still a lot of prejudice against adult animation when it comes to American indies. Not that Plympton isn't still hopeful, which we discussed after a successful screening at Cannes.

Sneak Peek at New Nick "Breadwinners" Clip

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 29, 2014 1:35 AM
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SwaySway and Buhdeuce meet their next biggest adversary in a beaver, Oonski the Great, in an all-new episode of Nickelodeon's Breadwinners premiering this Saturday. Here's an advance clip.

Animation Weekend: Technicolor Cartoons in Hollywood, Fleischer Tribute in El Segundo, Golden Books in Burbank

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 27, 2014 1:22 PM
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Several noteworthy events coming up this weekend in the Los Angeles area for thise interested in animated cartoons and its history. Technicolor cartoons at The CineFamily; Classic Fleischer cartoons at the Old Town Music Hall in El Segundo; and a book signing by Disney artists in Burbank.

FINAL EPISODE: Disney XD's "Marvel's Avenger's Assemble"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 23, 2014 10:35 PM
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The first season of Marvel's Avenger's Assemble comes to a rousing conclusion this Sunday, May 25th, on Disney XD. Here's an exclusive clip from the final episode - titled "The Final Showdown."

Immersed in Movies: Rob Gibbs Talks 'Radiator Springs 500 1/2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 23, 2014 11:15 AM
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Pixar has certainly gotten a lot of mileage with Cars, and this week launches a new "Tales From Radiator Springs" series of shorts premiering on the Disney Movies Anywhere app. The first short, Radiator Springs 500 1/2, introduces a new off-road racing challenging that Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) can't resist entering to redeem the honor of the town and its founder, Stanley. Director Rob Gibbs ("Mater's Tall Tales") discusses some of the new animated twists and turns.

The Actual Teaser for Disney's "Big Hero 6"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 22, 2014 5:51 PM
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Here is the full teaser for Disney's BIG HERO 6 - the much anticipated Marvel Comics adaptation from Disney Animation Studios.
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The Teaser to the Teaser for Disney's "Big Hero 6"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 21, 2014 2:40 PM
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How do you follow the mega success of a musical fairy tale like Frozen? Disney will do it with an adaptation of a Marvel Comics futuristic adventure. The trailer for Big Hero 6 comes out tomorrow - here's a teaser to the teaser.

BOOK REVIEW: The Art of the Disney Golden Books

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • May 21, 2014 12:50 PM
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John Lasseter isn’t the only one with an attachment to Golden Books. As Charles Solomon notes in this sumptuous tome, artists including Chris Sanders, Brenda Chapman, Pete Docter, Glen Keane and many others spent many a childhood moment deep within the pages of Little Golden Books—and continue to seek them out for inspiration.

AMPAS-NY presents "The Art Of Illustration" on Thursday June 5th

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 20, 2014 1:25 AM
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is presenting a panel discussion on June 5th in New York, The Art of Illustration, presented in conjunction with an exhibit at the Society of Illustrators in Manhattan. Artists will present a series of film clips of their work and participate in a panel on the craft of motion picture animation.

Russia's Wizart Animation Moves It's "Frozen" Features

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 19, 2014 7:30 PM
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With Disney's Frozen breaking all records internationally, Russia's Wizart Animation has wasted no time in signing several important contracts for distribution of its Snow Queen 2 in major countries during the opening days of the Cannes film festival.

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