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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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David Feiss Talks Making 2-D Short Cartoons At Sony Pictures Animation

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • January 31, 2014 9:02 PM
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On the recently released DVD and Blu-ray for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 there are four new mini-movies (aka cartoon shorts) directed by Cow and Chicken creator David Feiss. I spoke to Feiss about how these came to be and got an exclusive clip.

Academy To Screen Nominated Animated Shorts; Panel on Animated Features

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 31, 2014 4:02 PM
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Leading to The Oscars, the Academy will present screenings and panels celebrating this year’s animated nominees. The shorts will screen February 25th and a panel on animated features, hosted by John C. Reilly, will take place on Friday February 28th.

Animation Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. (1924-2014)

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 31, 2014 3:15 PM
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Producer Arthur Rankin, Jr. - of the animation producing team Rankin-Bass - has passed away. Among his films and TV specials, the iconic Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, the classic Frosty The Snowman, the first version of The Hobbit and the influential Mad Monster Party.

Nickelodeon Seeks Submissions for its 2014 Animated Shorts Program

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 30, 2014 2:49 PM
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The U.S. kids network expands recruitment of creative talent from all corners of the world with its "call for submissions" for its Global Animated Shorts Program.

Annecy Festival Deadline Approches

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 30, 2014 2:00 PM
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Filmmakers: You have only a few more days to enter your finished film into the Annecy Festival and your short, television, feature and/or transmedia ideas to the 2014 MIFA Pitch Session. Details here!

Motley Fool Says "Google Should Buy DreamWorks!"

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • January 29, 2014 8:30 PM
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Sounds ridiculous, right? Well Steven Mallas at business website the Motley Fool doesn't think so, and he outlines his reasons why the information-obsessed Google should buy a hit-making Hollywood animation studio. Good idea? I don't think so.

Trailer for the Live Action Version of Miyazaki's "Kiki's Delivery Service"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 29, 2014 12:30 AM
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Here's the second full trailer for the live-action Kiki's Delivery Service and also shows the first footage of Kiki's black cat Jiji. The film will open in Japan on March 1.

Museum Of UnCut Funk PaysTribute to Black Animation Stars

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 28, 2014 4:35 PM
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Hey, hey, hey! "Funky Turns 40: Black Character Revolution Animation Exhibition" opens at the Schomburg Center in New York City on February 4th.
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Annie Awards to Live Stream on Animation Scoop

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • January 28, 2014 2:45 PM
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Animation's highest honor - The Annie Awards - direct from UCLA's Royce Hall on Saturday night can be seen right here on Animation Scoop.

Immersed in Movies: Talking with the Best Animated Feature Oscar Nominees

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • January 27, 2014 3:19 PM
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I recently chatted with the Oscar nominees for The Croods (directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco), Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud), Ernest & Celestine (Benjamin Renner), Frozen (Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee), and The Wind Rises (producer Toshio Suzuki). We discussed what makes their work personal, challenging, and relatable.

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