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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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First Peek: "The Book Of Life"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 27, 2014 12:01 AM
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From producer Guillermo del Toro and writer/director Jorge Gutierrez comes one of the most exciting animated releases of 2014 - an animated comedy with a unique visual style, based on Mexico's "Day Of The Dead" holiday. Here's a first peek at two production paintings.

Disney Launches "Disney Movies Anywhere"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 26, 2014 2:04 AM
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The Walt Disney Company announced today that their hit film Frozen, despite still being on general release, and despite still being in the box office top 10, is now available for home viewing as part of the company's 'Disney Movies Anywhere' service. Here are the details.

Interview: Niki Yang of "Adventure Time"

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • February 25, 2014 3:00 AM
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Niki Yang achieved her goal of studying animation, graduating from CalArts and becoming one of the most sought-after storyboard artists in Hollywood. Becoming a voice artist wasn’t part of the plan. Yet now she’s playing three roles on two hit animated series: Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time and on Disney Channel’s Gravity Falls.

Brenda Chapman @ TEDxBerkeley

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 24, 2014 8:45 PM
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Video from an inspiring TED talk with Brenda Chapman, who wrote the story, co-wrote the screenplay and co-directed the Pixar film Brave. This was part of TEDxBerkeley2014 conference earlier this month, on February 8th.

Virgin Atlantic's Animated Flight Safety Film

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 24, 2014 2:33 PM
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Check out the coolest in-flight safety film ever made. Virgin Atlantic has used animation to try to lure bored passengers to observe the safety procedures before - but never in such style.

Shout! Factory Acquire's Rights To "Jack And The Cuckoo-Clock Heart"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 24, 2014 8:30 AM
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Shout! Factory has secured all distribution rights to "Jack and The Cuckoo-Clock Heart" including theatrical and digital distribution, home entertainment and broadcast for cross-platform releases. Shout! Factory plans a strategic rollout of this film in select theaters, video-on-demand, television and in all packaged media in 2014.

Is Warner Bros. developing "Space Jam 2"?

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 21, 2014 9:20 PM
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The success of The Lego Movie may have Warner Bros. fast tracking Space Jam 2 into development. For a studio with a lax program to compete with the current feature animation explosion - the Lego grosses may have awakened a sleeping giant.

The Role of Animation in Lego's Salvation

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • February 20, 2014 9:00 PM
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The Lego Movie is far and away the hottest film of the month, period. It all seems so far away from just a few short years ago when Lego (the company) was in serious trouble. Now that it's back on form, what role has animation played in bringing the company back from the brink?

Is EVERYTHING Going LEGO? Watch Universal's "Non-Stop" Trailer in Plastic Bricks

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • February 19, 2014 7:30 PM
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No doubt about it. We are in the grip of full scale "Lego-Mania". The Lego Movie is breaking records at the box office and today we get Universal's trailer for Non-Stop in Lego style. Next up, The Simpsons - on their May 4th episode - the 550th - Homer will wake up to a Springfield-turned-Lego.

REVIEW: Two 1960s Animated Classics on Blu-ray

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • February 19, 2014 1:01 AM
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Walt Disney and The Beatles, as cultural icons, seem at first to be as distant as the Arctic and Antarctic. In reality, the two are more intertwined than one might have thought, certainly as creative visionaries. Most notably, each entity released major animated features within one year of each other: The Jungle Book and Yellow Submarine.

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