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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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Immersed in Movies: John Musker Talks 'Little Mermaid' Going Blu and 'Moana'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 30, 2013 6:30 AM
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John Musker looks back on The Little Mermaid, which comes out on Blu-ray this week, and ahead to Moana, his first CG feature with Ron Clements.

TEASER: "The Nut Job"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 27, 2013 7:51 PM
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Here's the teaser for The Nut Job, Open Road's new animated 3D feature opening January 2014. The film looks a little like a feature version of Chuck Jones 1953 Merrie Melodies short Much Ado About Nutting. Take a look.

Nickelodeon Greenlights "Bad Seeds" and "Pig Goat Banana Cricket"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 27, 2013 6:00 AM
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Nickelodeon announced yesterday that it has ordered 26 episodes of two new animated series: C.H. Greenblatt's Bad Seeds - and Dave Cooper and J. Ryan's Pig Goat Banana Cricket. Both will be produced at the Nickelodeon Animation Studio in Burbank, Calif.

NEW TRAILER: Disney's "Frozen"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 26, 2013 9:30 PM
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Cool - no pun intended. Disney released its official full length trailer for Frozen today - and it looks hot (pun intended).

NEW TRAILER: "Free Birds"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 26, 2013 9:16 PM
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Here's the latest trailer from Reel FX's feature film, Free Birds, Opening November 1st. Take a gander...

Detroit Institute of Art Animation Retrospective: "Watch Me Move"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • September 26, 2013 12:58 PM
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Beginning Sunday October 6th and running through January 5th, 2014, the Detroit Instutite of Arts (DIA) will exhibit Watch Me Move: The Animation Show. This is a must-see art show and film festival for all who appreciate animation, its varied forms and its rich history.

REVIEW: "Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • September 25, 2013 9:00 PM
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Charles Solomon says the original Cloudy didn't exactly cry out for sequel and that the animated sequel is "a regrettable mishmash of twitchy animation, underdeveloped story and overwrought designs". Read his full review here.

Immersed in Movies: Moonbot Creates 'The Scarecrow' for Chipotle (VIDEO)

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 24, 2013 2:44 AM
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Bill Joyce, Brandon Oldenburg, and Limbert Fabian of Moonbot Studios discuss their latest triumph, The Scarecrow short/mobile game.

RETRO DVD REVIEW: Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • September 23, 2013 11:00 PM
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Another very popular late '70s Saturday morning cartoon has just reached DVD through Warner Archive and, depending on your attachment to childhood memories, is either a reason for celebration... or for an "Ugh."

Immersed in Movies: Production Designer Thompson Talks 'Cloudy 2' World Building

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • September 23, 2013 8:30 PM
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Justin K. Thompson discusses fantastical world building and retaining more of his painterly backgrounds in Cloudy 2 through a new technique called "Depth Styling."

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