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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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Disney Posts Complete Song Sequence From "Frozen"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 11, 2013 2:21 PM
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One of the highights of Disney's forthcoming animated feature, Frozen, is this delightul number sung by enchanted snowman Olaf, about the joys of something he's never seen or experienced - summer. Disney has just posted the entire number online.

INTERVIEW: Kevin Shinick on the 100th Episode of MAD

  • By Greg Ehrbar
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  • November 11, 2013 3:00 AM
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Tonight, Cartoon Network will present the 100th episode of the Emmy and Annie award nominated MAD. They said a regular, timely animated version of MAD Magazine couldn't be done, but 100 episodes later, its one of the Network's biggest successes. Here's an interview with Head Writer/Producer Kevin Shinick and an exclusive clip from tonight's episode

Mickey Mania!

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 8, 2013 11:00 PM
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As part of a themed day of programming in honor of Mickey Mouse's birthday, Disney Channel will debut the first-ever "extended episode" of their brand-new Mickey Mouse cartoons on Monday November 18th. There's also a new book of classic Mickey Mouse comic strips, a film retrospective at New York's Film Forum - and "Get a Horse".

GKIDS Announces English Language Cast for "Ernest & Celestine"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 8, 2013 12:32 PM
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Gkids has announced the English language voice cast for their Oscar qualified animated feature Ernest and Celestine. The Twilight Saga's Mackenzie Foy (as Celestine) will join The Butler's Forest Whitaker (as Ernest) in voicng the lead characters.

FULL TRAILER: Studio Ghibli's "Tale of the Bamboo Cutter"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 8, 2013 12:00 PM
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Here is the full trailer for Studio Ghibli's latest, Kaguya-hime no Monogatari (The Story of Princess Kaguya), directed and co-written by Isao Takahata, based on the folktale The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. It's a quiet, nuanced, deceptively simple bit of beauty...

The Academy Short List: "Animated Shorts"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 7, 2013 2:53 PM
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The Academy released it's short list of nominees for the Best Animated Short category this morning. Disney's Get A Horse will face off against artists Theodore Ushev, Chris Landreth, and films from Japan, Denmark and France.

REVIEW: Miyazaki's "The Wind Rises"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • November 6, 2013 7:30 PM
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Cultural questions aside, The Wind Rises is not only the best animated film released to date this year, but one of the best films released this year. If it has the unhappy distinction of being Hayao Miyazaki’s last feature, it shows the director at the height of his powers making a premature but glorious exit.

Toby Bluth R.I.P.

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • November 6, 2013 2:05 AM
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Toby Bluth, brother of Don Bluth and a fine artist and animator in his own right, passed away on October 31st - according to producer Gary Goldman on Facebook.

Does it Matter That An Animated Show is 'Female'?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • November 6, 2013 12:05 AM
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The premiere of Steven Universe, the new Cartoon Network series by Rebecca Sugar, has been one of the most anticipated of the year. A favorable review in the LA Times nonetheless felt it necessary to bring gender into the discussion. Is that an issue still worthy of mention?

New Video Game Technology from Nvidia

  • By Floyd Bishop
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  • November 5, 2013 11:30 PM
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Computers make metal cubes very well. Everything else is difficult… well, it WAS. Nvidia has recently unveiled FLEX, their unified simulation framework. A demo recently given in Montreal shows off the power of FLEX in real time.

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