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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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BLU-RAY/DVD REVIEW: "Akira" 25th Anniversary Edition

  • By Charles Solomon
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  • December 3, 2013 12:05 AM
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This year marks the 25th anniversary of the release of Katsuhiro Otomo’s watershed feature Akira. The new three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of Akira from Funimation not only removed years of dust, dirt and scratches, but created a new English translation with better vocal performances and a more coherent translation of the script.

Immersed in Movies: Going Deeper into 'The Croods' with Sanders and DeMicco

  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • December 2, 2013 2:15 PM
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The Croods (which grabbed nine Annie nominations today, including best animated feature) certainly stands out in a year dominated by survival and the inevitability of change. In fact, every country that directors Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco visited on their press tour embraced the prehistoric family as part of their own cultural identity.

Annie Award Nominations Announced; Spielberg, Tippett and Otomo to Receive Winsor McCay Awards

  • By Jerry Beck
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  • December 2, 2013 11:00 AM
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The nominations for Best Animated Features this year include: A Letter to Momo (GKIDS), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS), Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Monsters University (Pixar Animation Studios), The Croods (DreamWorks Animations), and The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli and The Walt Disney Studios).

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