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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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Glen Keane Debuts "Duet" at Google I/O Conference

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 27, 2014 3:01 AM
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Glen Keane's first animated short since leaving Disney is now online. A celebration of life told through hand-drawn animation, DUET is the latest in a series of Google ATAP’s Spotlight Stories, interactive short films made exclusively for mobile devices.
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Contrary to Popular Belief, Hiccup and Toothless Have Not Killed DreamWorks

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • June 26, 2014 2:15 PM
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Reading the news, you would think that DreamWorks Animation was preparing for a visit to the morgue. Nothing could be further from the truth however; DWA remains in business and HTTYD 2 has begun its long commercial life. So it didn't make a profit on the first weekend. The first film didn't either and it ended up doing just fine.

Museum of The Moving Image presents "What’s Up, Doc? The Animation Art of Chuck Jones"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 25, 2014 8:15 PM
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Museum of the Moving Image, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity have teamed up to present a major exhibition devoted to the animation art of Chuck Jones. Opening July 19th in New York - here are all the details.

"Brutus the Bound: Infinite Gladiator"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 23, 2014 7:26 PM
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Video game proof of concept? Pilot for a series? According to its designer/animator Chris Burns, "It's an homage to Samurai Jack, and essentially a trailer for a web series we've been batting around at the studio". It's good gory fun that deserves a look. See it here first.

Nickelodeon To Take Pitches From Attendees at Comic Con

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 23, 2014 1:30 PM
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Nickelodeon is bringing its shorts program to the San Diego Comic Con with an open call for original projects. The network will take meetings from convention floor with the goal to green light a pilot from meetings with attendees.

Immersed in Movies: Pixar Provides Early Look at 'Inside Out' and Sneaks 'Lava' Short

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 20, 2014 12:10 PM
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Pixar's Inside Out is a year away, but on Thursday at the DGA Pete Docter gave a sneak peek and we were also treated to the premier of the next short, Lava, a lovely Hawaiian-themed musical directed by animator James Murphy. They're a good match and will screen together on June 19, 2015, but I believe Inside Out has the potential to be Pixar's most profound movie in its exploration of how the mind works metaphorically.

Snooping For Scoops At The Licensing Show 2014

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 19, 2014 2:15 PM
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I've been in Las Vegas this week at the 2014 Licensing Show - one of the first places the studios preview some of their forthcoming animation projects. However NOT everything that happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Here's a selection of snapshots off the exhibitor floor that offer a taste of things to come.

Dreamworks Acquires The Rights To 'Felix The Cat'

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 17, 2014 1:58 PM
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  • 5 Comments
Jeffrey Katzenberg said during a speech at the Licensing Expo, in Las Vegas today, that DreamWorks Animation has acquired all rights to Felix the Cat.

Fan-Made "Lost In Space" Animated Pilot Should Go To Series

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • June 17, 2014 1:25 PM
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Dear 20th Century-Fox, they say "you can't go home again", and New Line's 1998 feature version proved that - but this morning I had a look at animator Scott O'Brien's test film for a 2003 pitch to revive Lost In Space and I implore you to consider bringing this show - using the actual soundtracks from the original series - to series.

Dreamworks TV's Margie Cohn and Titmouse's Chris Prynoski talk 'TURBO FAST'

  • By Martin Goodman
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  • June 17, 2014 12:30 AM
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Dreamworks Animation's Turbo FAST made its debut last December as Netflix's first original animated series, the first of 300 hours of programming arrangement between Netflix and Dreamworks. It is produced by DreamWorks through Hollywood's Titmouse Inc. I spoke with Dreamworks's Margie Cohn and Titmouse topper Chris Prynoski about the show.

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