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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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Blue Sky Developing a 3D Charlie Brown CGI Feature for 2015

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 19, 2013 12:16 AM
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Word has come from CinemaCon, the movie theatre exhibitor convention now going on in Las Vegas, that Blue Sky is in development on a 3D CGI Charlie Brown feature. The question is, will it look any better than the old Viewmaster slides produced over 30 years ago?

Warner Archives to Release TV Popeye Cartoon Collection

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 18, 2013 12:05 PM
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More vintage Popeye cartoons are coming to DVD. Not the Fleischer classics from the 1930s, but the TV cartoons produced by King Features in 1960, created to cash in on the popularity of the old Paramount theatricals.

FIRST LOOK: The Animator's Survival Kit app by Richard Williams

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • April 18, 2013 1:37 AM
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Here is the first review for Richard Williams new iPad app based his The Animator's Survival Kit. If you don't have an iPad, you may even consider buying one just for this app alone. It's that good.

Immersed in Movies: Getting Animated About Toon-Shaded Previs

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 18, 2013 12:01 AM
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Previs for VFX-intensive movies is not only getting more sophisticated but also more graphic as well, further blurring the line between live-action and animation. Check out these clips from The Green Hornet previs, animated in XSI and rendered using the mental ray toon shader.

Conan O'Brien Assembles a "Simpsons" Writers Reunion

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 17, 2013 7:50 PM
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Here's a must-watch: Conan O'Brien assembles several co-writers from The Simpsons to discuss the early days of the show, how the show was produced and what Conan actually did on the show. Great stuff.

FUNDING SPOTLIGHT: "Portrait" by Donato Sansone

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 17, 2013 3:44 PM
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I'm very selective about posting crowd funded projects - but this one is worthy of your attention. Animator Donato Sansone is creating an art video composed of grotesque, surreal and abstract portraits. Check this out.

Immersed In Movies: Bibo Bergeron discusses "A Monster In Paris"

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • April 16, 2013 11:55 PM
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A Monster in Paris comes to Blu-ray and DVD this week from Shout Factory, a gorgeous ode to early 20th century cabaret music and The Phantom of the Opera. I interviewed director Bibo Bergeron (Shark Tale) about returning to Paris after DreamWorks to make this labor of love.

Abrams to Publish the First Official Guide to "Adventure Time"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 16, 2013 7:51 PM
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Check this out. The cover of Abrams official guide to the hit series Adventure Time, coming out on August 6th. "Translated from the scrolls of Ooo" by my ol' buddy Martin Olson (comedy guru and scripter of Phineas and Ferb and Rocko's Modern Life), the book is a celebration of all things "Algebraic".

TRAILER: Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 16, 2013 3:40 AM
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Hand drawn is alive and well... and stoned. Here's the trailer for Cheech and Chong's Animated Movie. It opens and closes this Thursday in theaters all over the US.

COMIC BOOK WATCH: SpongeBob Comics Super Giant Swimtacular

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • April 15, 2013 9:31 PM
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If you love cartoons, you probably love comic books too. Today I did a delirious double take when I saw this cover of the forthcoming SpongeBob Comics Super Giant Swimtacular #1.

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