Jerry Beck

Jerry Beck (born February 9, 1955 in New York City) is an American animation historian, author, blogger, and video producer.

Jerry Beck
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Beck at Comic-Con 2015
Born (1955-02-09) February 9, 1955 (age 65)
OccupationAnimation historian, Author, Blogger, Video Producer
Years active1980–present
Board member ofASIFA-Hollywood
AwardsJune Foray Award, 2008
Independent Publisher Book Award, 2014
Inkpot Award, 2015

Beck wrote or edited several books on classic American animation and classic characters, including The 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994), The Animated Movie Guide (2005), Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! (2007), The Flintstones: The Official Guide to the Cartoon Classic (2011), The Hanna-Barbera Treasury: Rare Art Mementos from Your Favorite Cartoon Classics (2007), The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom (2013), Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide (2005), and Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons (with Will Friedwald, 1989) alongside The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons (2010). He is also an authority on the making of modern films, with his books detailing the art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, DreamWorks' Madagascar, and Bee Movie. Beck is also an entertainment industry consultant for TV and home entertainment productions and releases related to classic cartoons and operates the blog "Cartoon Research." He appears frequently as a documentary subject and audio commentator on releases of A&E's Cartoons Go to War as well as DVD collections of Looney Tunes, Popeye the Sailor, and Woody Woodpecker cartoons, on which he serves as consultant and curator.[1]

CareerEdit

WritingEdit

Early in his career, Beck collaborated with film historian Leonard Maltin on his book Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons, Revised and Updated Edition (1980).

In 1987, Beck was instrumental in the creation of Animation Magazine. He went on to write for other magazines including: Variety, Hollywood Reporter, The Whole Toon Catalog, Animation Blast, Animator, Wild Cartoon Kingdom and AWN (Animation World Network).

Beck wrote or edited several books on classic American animation and classic characters, including The 50 Greatest Cartoons (1994), The Animated Movie Guide (2005), Not Just Cartoons: Nicktoons! (2007), The Flintstones: The Official Guide to the Cartoon Classic (2011), The Hanna-Barbera Treasury: Rare Art Mementos from Your Favorite Cartoon Classics (2007), The SpongeBob SquarePants Experience: A Deep Dive into the World of Bikini Bottom (2013), Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide (2005), and Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons (with Will Friedwald, 1989) alongside The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons (2010). He is also an authority on the making of modern films, with his books detailing the art of Mr. Peabody and Sherman, DreamWorks' Madagascar, and Bee Movie.

In 2004, Beck and fellow animation historian and writer Amid Amidi co-founded the blog, Cartoon Brew,[2] which focused primarily on current animation productions and news. Beck sold his co-ownership in Cartoon Brew in February 2013 and started an IndieWire blog, Animation Scoop, for reports on current animation while continuing to write about classic animation at Cartoon Research.[3]

TeachingEdit

In the 1990s, Beck taught courses on the art of animation at UCLA, NYU, and The School of Visual Arts. Through 2018 he also taught animation history at Woodbury University in Burbank, California. As of 2020, Beck teaches in the Character Animation department of CalArts School of Film/Video.[4]

Producing and consultingEdit

Jerry Beck co-produced or was a consultant on many home entertainment compilations of Looney Tunes, MGM Cartoons, Disney Home Video, Betty Boop, and others.

In 1989, he co-founded Streamline Pictures and brought anime films, Akira, Vampire Hunter D, and Miyazaki's Laputa: Castle in the Sky to the United States. He also compiled collections of cartoons from Warner Bros., Woody Woodpecker, and the Fleischer Studios.

As vice president of Nickelodeon Movies, he helped develop The Rugrats Movie (1998) and Mighty Mouse.

In 2006, Beck created and produced an animated pilot for Frederator Studios and Nickelodeon. That cartoon, Hornswiggle, aired on Nicktoons Network in 2008 as part of the Random! Cartoons series.

VolunteeringEdit

In 1993, Jerry Beck became a founding member of the Cartoon Network advisory board and he currently serves as president of the ASIFA-Hollywood board.

SpeakingEdit

On a regular basis Beck moderates panels at various venues (festivals, conventions, premieres, museums, screenings, etc.) along with hosting programs/retrospectives of classic cartoons at same. In the past this included shows at the now shuttered Cinefamily and Cartoon Dump monthly live Hollywood performance.

His presentations include:

BibliographyEdit

Maltin, L. & Beck, Jerry (1980). Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. New York: Penguin.

Friedwald, W., & Beck, Jerry. (1981). The Warner Brothers Cartoons. Metuchen, NJ: Scarecrow Press.

Beck, Jerry, & Friedwald, W. (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. New York, NY: Holt.

Beck, Jerry. (1994). The Fifty Greatest Cartoons: As Selected by 1,000 Animation Professionals. Atlanta: Turner Pub.

Beck, Jerry, & Friedwald, W. (1997). Warner Bros., Animation Art: The Characters, The Creators, The Limited Editions. Miami, FL: Warner Bros.

Beck, Jerry. (2003). Looney Tunes: The Ultimate Visual Guide. London: Dorling Kindersley.

Beck, Jerry. (2003). Outlaw Animation: Cutting-edge Cartoons From the Spike & Mike Festivals. New York: Harry N. Abrams.

Beck, Jerry. (2004). Animation Art From Pencil Ti Pixel, The History of Cartoon Anime & CGI. Harper & Row.

Beck, Jerry. (2005). Pink Panther: The Ultimate Guide to the Coolest Cat in Town. New York: DK Publishing.

Sigall, M. & Beck, J. (2005). Forward for: Living Life Inside the Lines: Tales From the Golden Age of Animation. Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi.

Beck, Jerry. (2005). The Animated Movie Guide / The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to Cartoon, Stop-motion, and Computer-generated Feature Films. Chicago: Chicago Review Press.

Beck, Jerry. (2007). Nicktoons! New York, NY: Melcher Media.

Beck, Jerry. (2007). The Art of Bee Movie. San Francisco: Chronicle Books.

Cabarga, L. & Beck, J. (2007). Introduction for: Casper the Friendly Ghost. Milwaukie, Or.: Dark Horse.

Cabarga, L. & Beck, J. (2008). Introduction for: Hot Stuff. Milwaukie, Or.: Dark Horse.

Cabarga, L. & Beck, J. (2008). Introduction for: Baby Huey: The Baby Giant. Milwaukie, Or.: Dark Horse.

Beck, Jerry. (2008). The Art and Making of Madagascar. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

Beck, Jerry. (2008). The Flintstones. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

Beck, Jerry. (2008). Tom and Jerry. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

Beck, Jerry. (2009). The Hanna-Barbera Treasury. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

Beck, Jerry. (2011). The Flintstones: The Official Guide to the Cartoon Classic. Philadelphia, PA: Running Press.

Beck, Jerry. (2013). SpongeBob SquarePants Experience. Insight Editions, Div Of Palac.

Beck, Jerry, (2014). Essay for: Felix the Cat Paintings: A Collection of Paintings From the Prolific Imagination of the Felix the Cat Guy. San Diego, CA: IDW Publishing.

Beck, Jerry, Burrell, T., Ward, T., & Minkoff, R. (2014). The Art of Mr. Peabody & Sherman. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

Beck, Jerry, & Maltin, L. (2020). The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes Cartoons. San Rafael, CA: Insight Editions.

AwardsEdit

In 2008, Beck was the recipient of the June Foray Award.[7] In 2014, Beck received the Independent Publisher Book Award for Popular Culture.[8] In 2015, Beck was the recipient of the Comic-Con International Inkpot Award. [9] Beck was the 2019 honoree of the Los Angeles Animation Festival. [10][11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Zahed, Ramin (September 17, 2007). "Cartoons Then and Now: Jerry Beck talks Woody, Popeye and More!'". Animated Views. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Zahed, Ramin (February 12, 2013). "Jerry Beck Ankles Cartoon Brew". Animation Magazine. n.p. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  3. ^ Yamato, Jen (February 12, 2013). "Blogger Jerry Beck out at Cartoon Brew". Deadline Hollywood. Penske Media Corporation. Retrieved December 4, 2014.
  4. ^ https://filmvideo.calarts.edu/programs/character-animation/program-faculty/jerry-beck
  5. ^ "Worst Cartoons Ever! DVD Review: They Stink! - Cinema Sentries". cinemasentries.com. Retrieved September 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Beck, Jerry; Beck, Jerry (May 28, 2015). "This Weekend In LA: Classic Cartoons at The Old Town Music Hall". IndieWire. Retrieved September 18, 2020.
  7. ^ https://annieawards.org/juried-awards/june-foray/about-the-june-foray-award
  8. ^ http://www.independentpublisher.com/article.php?page=1791
  9. ^ https://www.comic-con.org/awards/inkpot
  10. ^ "JERRY BECK: 2019 HONOREE". LAAF Blog. Los Angeles Animation Festival. October 22, 2019. Retrieved December 29, 2019.
  11. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (December 4, 2019). "LA Animation Festival Unspools This Weekend". Animation Magazine. Animationmagazine.net. Retrieved December 29, 2019.

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