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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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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…

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.

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