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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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REVIEW: "Free Birds"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • October 31, 2013 8:30 PM
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Charles Solomon takes a look at "Free Birds", the first feature from Relativity Media and Reel FX. He says it's a veritable holiday fun fest - for people whose idea of a good time is listening to Owen Wilson scream.

New Trailer for "The Lego Movie"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 31, 2013 2:01 PM
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Yes it's another trailer for the highly anticipated (at least in this household) The Lego Movie. Phil Lord and Chris Miller are behind it. Mark Mothersbough is doing the music, and an all-star cast is providing voices - including Will Ferrell, Jonah Hill, Morgan Freeman, Elizabeth Banks and Channing Tatum (as Superman).

FIRST LOOK: Eva Longoria's animated Hulu series "Mother Up!"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 31, 2013 1:42 PM
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Eva Longoria (“Desperate Housewives”) is exec producing and voicing the lead character in Hulu's latest animated series, Mother Up! The series makes its exclusive U.S. Debut November 6th. Here's the first look:

Immersed in Movies: Reel FX Creates Feather System for 'Free Birds'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • October 30, 2013 1:32 PM
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Monika Sawyer of Reel FX talks turkey about the new Avian feather system for "Free Birds," which helped make Owen Wilson's Reggie and Woody Harrelson's Jake look more dynamic.

Did You Know That Animation Is Great At Infecting Audiences?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • October 29, 2013 10:00 PM
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The title should prompt obvious responses that animation is already great at infecting audiences....with laughter! But animation's strong point is infecting audiences with great stories. Even the most mundane stories are given an entirely different sheen when put under the animation spotlight.

Gnosis and Whisper Pictures partnering for "Tusk: Hannibal's Favorite Elephant"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 29, 2013 3:08 PM
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Gnosis Moving Pictures CEO Darius A. Kamali and Whisper Pictures CEO George Merkert announced today that the companies are partnering on the animated feature film "Tusk: Hannibal's Favorite Elephant"

TRAILER: "Justice League: War"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 29, 2013 2:39 PM
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Can't wait for the Ben Affleck Superman/Batman movie? Warner Bros. Animation and DC Entertainment's Justice League: War will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on February 4th, 2014. Here's the teaser.

TRAILER: "Planes: Fire and Rescue"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 29, 2013 3:05 AM
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Just when you thought it was safe to forget about "Planes"... here's the first trailer to the Disney sequel due next Summer. Dusty Crophopper returns in this second (or fourth, but who's counting) film set in "the world above Cars". Here's our first peek.

Control Bear's Miyazaki-Inspired "Wonder Garden" short

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 28, 2013 2:50 AM
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Hayao Miyazaki may be retiring, but his influence will be felt for years and decades to come. This beautiful must-see promotional short, by former Studio Ghibli animator Yojiro Arai, has the Miyazaki touch all over it.

FIRST LOOK: Pixar's "The Good Dinosaur" poster

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • October 26, 2013 3:00 PM
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Here's our first look at the lead characters in Pixar's 2015 release, The Good Dinosaur.

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