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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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Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI) Announces Guests and Highlights

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 9, 2014 11:00 AM
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The Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI), celebrating the best of animation arts from around the world, is back for its third year from June 13-16 at Corus Quay and George Brown Waterfront Campus. Festival passes and tickets went on sale today.

Immersed in Movies: Will Finn Talks 'Legends of Oz'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • May 9, 2014 12:07 AM
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Coinciding with the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz, comes Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return, an indie animated musical from Summertime and Clarius, made by Prana Studios. Adapted from the initial book by Roger Baum, the great grandson of L. Frank Baum, co-director Will Finn (The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Beauty and the Beast, The Secret of NIMH) discusses his first foray in helming a CG-animated feature.

Richard Elfman Crowdfunding "Forbidden Zone 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 7, 2014 2:51 PM
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A cult film I've really enjoyed since I saw it way back when as a midnight show is Richard Elfmann's Forbidden Zone (1980). Thirty-four years later(!) Elfman is using Crowdfunding to raise money to film a sequel. Animator Jeaux Janovsky created this promo to help the cause.

May 18th in NYC: 45th Annual Asifa-East Festival Awards Ceremony

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 5, 2014 11:35 AM
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ASIFA-East will hold its 45th Annual Animation Festival Awards Ceremony on Sunday, May 18th, 2014 at The New School’s Tishman Auditorium. Awards will be given out across a variety of categories and craft from student, commercial, and independent entries to excellence in writing, design, and animation.
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TV TRAILER: "Star Wars Rebels"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • May 4, 2014 3:12 AM
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Today is "Star Wars Day" -- also known as "May the 4th Be With You" -- the unofficial fan-driven holiday celebrating Star Wars. To celebrate, Disney has released this new Star Wars Rebels trailer. Check it out.

ANIME REVIEW: "Fairy Tail"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • May 4, 2014 1:30 AM
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The comedy-adventure Fairy Tail has a rollicking, character-based humor that’s become all too rare in American animation. Based on a manga by Hiro Mashima, the TV series was only supposed to run for 48 episodes. But it was expanded to more than 170 episodes, and has already spun off one feature, several OVA’s and scads of character merchandise.
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TEASER: “LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles”

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 30, 2014 9:28 PM
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Move over Simpsons! Everyone's going Lego. Lego Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles - Escape From The Jedi Temple airs on Disney Channel this Saturday. Like an unholy spawn of Robot Chicken and The Lego Movie - here's a first look.

"Inside Sony Pictures Animation" Launches on You Tube

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 30, 2014 3:42 PM
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Sony Pictures Animation may not have a feature release this year, but with several films in production and many more in development, the studio has much going on behind-the-scenes. SPA's YouTube site was just revamped and is now uploading new videos, going behind-the-scenes, twice a week.

Trailers From Hell does Bakshi's "Fritz The Cat" and "Coonskin"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 25, 2014 12:25 PM
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I've been a follower of Joe Dante's superb website Trailers From Hell from its inception in 2007. The one thing it had been lacking throughout the years was commentary on animated features - however they make up for lost time with this week's double barreled salute to two Ralph Bakshi 1970s classics.

FIRST PEEK: Disney's "Feast"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 24, 2014 1:00 PM
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Making its world premiere at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival June 10th, 2014, is Feast, a new short from first-time director Patrick Osborne (head of animation, Paperman) and Walt Disney Animation Studios. Here's a first tantalizing production image…

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