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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: Scott Peterson Talks ''Dragon 2' VFX at FMX

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 22, 2014 12:00 PM
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The FMX 2014 conference in Stuttgart on film, games, and transmedia kicked off Tuesday morning with "Advancing Visual Effects in How To Train Your Dragon 2," revealing how both Hiccup and DreamWorks have grown up. Scott Peterson, co-head of VFX at the animation studio, screened the first five minutes (embed here) and offered details of their new high-res simulations.

Book Review: "The Complete Cul de Sac"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • April 21, 2014 2:00 PM
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Although it only lasted in syndication for five years, Richard Thompson’s wonderfully imaginative “Cul de Sac" demonstrated the ongoing viability of the comic strip. Andrews and McMeel is issuing the entire run of the strip in a handsome, boxed set similar to the ones of “The Far Side” and “Calvin and Hobbes,” which feels appropriate.
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REVIEW: Katsuhiro Otomo's "Short Peace"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • April 18, 2014 1:32 AM
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At a time when too many American animated features have a homogenized look, Katsuhiro Otomo’s striking anthology feature Short Peace serves as a reminder that artists have only begun to explore the visual potential of the art form. The film opens today in over 50 theaters in the United States.

TRAILER: "Postman Pat: The Movie"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 17, 2014 1:00 PM
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Based on a longtime popular stop-motion BBC children's series, Postman Pat: The Movie will open in UK theaters on May 24th. Directed by former Disney animator Mike Disa (Hoodwinked Too), the film features the voices of Stephen Mangan (Episodes), Rupert Grint (Harry Potter), David Tennant (Dr. Who) and Jim Broadbent. Here's a first look.

That's NOT All, Folks! Looney Tunes Platinum BluRay Collection Volume 3

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 16, 2014 2:34 AM
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Third times the charm. And the wabbit. And a "despicable" duck! Warner Home Video has set August 12th as the release date for the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume 3 - according to word leaked via Blu-Ray Forum. Bonus materials include 26 audio commentaries and over 12 documentaries. Here's the details.

Immersed in Movies: Sergio Mendes Talks Music In "Rio 2"

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 11, 2014 2:30 PM
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In Rio 2, musical legend Sergio Mendes helps expand the Brazilian flavor as the adventure continues in the Amazon. For director Carlos Saldanha, musically it's richer and more multi-layered, and, as the story progresses, the jungle offers its own vibe, and, by the end, it's a mixture of the two. Mendes tells what the musical journey has been like for him.

DVD REVIEW: "Mr. Magoo Theatrical Collection"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 11, 2014 3:10 AM
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Sony Pictures and Shout Factory have just released the long-awaited DVD collection, Mr. Magoo: The Theatrical Collection (1949-1959), a four-disc boxed set that completes the restoration of the UPA theatrical cartoon library. It is an absolute must-have for everyone who cares about classic animation.
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TRAILER: "How To Train Your Dragon 2" #3

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 10, 2014 2:20 PM
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I was a big fan of the first film, but it really feels that Dreamworks is pulling out the stops to make the sequel - and the mythology of this universe - bigger and better. Here's our latest look at the forthcoming chapter.

REVIEW: "Rio 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • April 10, 2014 1:46 PM
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Like an obnoxious relative at a family gathering, Rio 2 grabs you by the arm and insists you’re having fun, even when you both know you’re not. In this follow-up to Blue Sky’s Rio (2011), the filmmakers keep trying to generate energy and excitement, but the rambling story, needless songs and overly familiar characters undercut their efforts.
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Rare Original Animation and Golden Book Art Being Sold

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 10, 2014 12:01 AM
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I've been a longtime fan of Western Publishing's Little Golden Books - particularly from the 1950s and 60s. We all grew up on them and the images from their pages are burned into our memory banks. That's why I'm particularly excited about this new catalog, just posted online from art dealer Mitch Itkowitz.

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