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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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John Canemaker organizing Mary Blair exhibit for Disney Family Museum

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 21, 2013 7:22 PM
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The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco will be presenting a major exhibition devoted to Disney designer Mary Blair (1911-1978). On view from March through September, this installation explores the artistic process and development of one of Walt Disney’s most original and beloved art directors.

Fox Greenlights "Ice Age 5"

  • By Ju-osh M.
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  • December 21, 2013 2:25 AM
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Fox Animation Studios and Blue Sky Studios have officially green-lit Ice Age 5, slated for a July 15, 2016 release. This announcement officially makes the summer of '16 the Summer of Studio Sequels, with Pixar releasing Finding Dory and DreamWorks releasing How to Train Your Dragon 3.
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NEW TRAILER: "How To Train Your Dragon 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 19, 2013 2:15 PM
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Here's the full trailer for Dreamworks Animation's sequel to its 2010 hit How To Train Your Dragon.

REVIEW: "Walking With Dinosaurs"

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • December 19, 2013 12:30 AM
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Walking with Dinosaurs, a muddled rehash of elements borrowed from Disney’s largely forgotten Dinosaur and Don Bluth's The Land Before Time, finally answers the question,'What killed off the dinosaurs': Birds talked them to death.

Disney, Hubley, Lantz Animation Named To National Film Registry

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 18, 2013 11:31 AM
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Disney's Mary Poppins, John and Faith Hubley's The Hole, and Walter Lantz - by way of his sequence in the 1930 feature The King Of Jazz - were honored today as national treasures by the Library of Congress.

Do Girls Watch Animated Superhero Shows?

  • By Charles Kenny
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  • December 17, 2013 4:00 PM
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Apparently girls don't like or watch superhero shows - or at least Hollywood thinks so. According to one of the top writers in TV animation, executives would rather ignore half the population because they think they don't buy the merchandise associated with a show.

The Best and Worst in Animation 2013

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • December 17, 2013 12:05 AM
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Although he wrote them in 1859, Charles Dickens might have been thinking of the animation scene this past year when he penned the celebrated lines, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times". Looking over a year that seemed to seesaw between Light and Darkness, I’d like to present some awards for the best and worst of 2013.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'Monsters University'

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 16, 2013 12:31 PM
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With Monsters University failing to snag a Golden Globes nomination (a first for Pixar), many are wondering how it will impact the Oscar race. But there's more than meets the eye in the Monsters, Inc. prequel. Director Dan Scanlon and global tech/research TD Christophe Hery explain how storytelling and aesthetics unite more closely.

NEW TRAILER: "Rio 2"

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 13, 2013 12:01 AM
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Here comes the sequel to Blue Sky's Rio, this time with an insanely all-star cast including Andy Garcia, Bruno Mars, Kristin Chenoweth and Rita Moreno. Rio 2 opens via 20th Century Fox on April 11, 2014. Here's the latest trailer:
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Golden Globes Animation Nominees

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 12, 2013 8:35 AM
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The 71st Annual Golden Globe Award nominees were announce this morning. No surprises here. Nominated for Best Animated Feature were Disney's Frozen, Illumination's Despicable Me 2, and Dreamworks The Croods. Studio Ghibli's The Wind Rises was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

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