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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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First Marvel/Disney Crossover Set For August 16th: "Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 28, 2013 12:01 PM
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Disney is making a big deal out of this - and rightly so. Two iconic universes collide when Marvel and Disney characters team up in Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel. This first ever corporate brand crossover premieres Friday August 16th at 8pm ET/PT on Disney Channel. Here's the scoop...

Jerry Beck's Animation Events

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 27, 2013 3:06 PM
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Here's an update of my doings over the next month or two, a run-down of public screenings I will be hosting, attending or moderating. Hope to see you at one of these.
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Immersed in Movies: Producing/Writing 'Despicable Me 2'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 26, 2013 12:01 AM
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In this season of sequels, nothing has been more eagerly awaited than the return of Gru and the Minions in Despicable Me 2. But where to go next with a domesticated super villain and his childish yellow henchmen? I asked writers Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio and producer Chris Meledandri what it was like softening Gru around the edges while still staying true to Gru (we'll hear from director Chris Renaud next week).

FIRST PEEK: Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 25, 2013 2:30 AM
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Here's the first glimpse, via a 35-sec teaser, for the latest Hayao Miyazaki feature, The Wind Rises. The film tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the designer of the infamous Japanese Zero Fighters used in World War II. The Wind Rises opens in Japan on July 20th, no U.S. release has been set - yet.

Warner Archives revives "Marine Boy"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 24, 2013 2:47 PM
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Alongside Astro Boy, Giagantor, Eighth Man, Prince Planet, Speed Racer and Kimba: The White Lion, MARINE BOY was one of the pioneering handful of anime television series to be syndicated to the U.S. in the 1960s. Warner Archives has just announced that it is releasing the first 26 (of 78) episodes, newly restored, on DVD.

Kickstarter Watch: New Yorker Cartoonists Documentary

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 24, 2013 2:13 AM
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Wow! Here's a documentary I want to see. Joanna Sokolowski is very close to making her goal on Kickstarter and I'm hoping to spread the word here to help make it happen. Sokolowski is associate producer for Very Semi-Serious, a documentary about the people and culture surrounding New Yorker cartoons.

New York's Animation Block Party 2013

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 22, 2013 2:21 AM
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Animation Block Party is certainly the premier animation festival on the East Coast - dedicated to exhibiting all genres of the world's best independent, professional and student animation. I'm happy to announce that I am participating in this year's event as both a juror and host/curator of a special screening.

Immersed in Movies: The Monsterfication of 'Monsters University'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 21, 2013 3:00 AM
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Pixar has come a long way technologically since Monsters, Inc., so the design challenge with the Monsters University prequel was to expand the world through creative engineering while maintaining consistency. They call it "Monsterfication," and I went deeper into the process with production designer Ricky Nierva and sets art director Robert Kondo.

TRAILER: "Gatchaman"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 21, 2013 12:21 AM
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Gatchaman is best known in the US as the anime series Battle of the Planets or G-Force. But the property was created in 1972 for animation studio Tatsunko Productions. Toho is releasing a new live action film based on the characters on August 24th. Based on the trailer released today, this looks surprisingly good!

An Animated Look At The Licensing Expo

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 20, 2013 3:12 PM
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The Licensing Expo has taken over the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas this week - and the trend is animation, cartoon characters and zombies. Armed with my trusty iPhone I roamed the halls and snapped a few pix of interest.

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