Creator / Blue Sky Studios
Once upon a time, there was a little studio called MAGI/Synthavision. In 1987, having completed some of the effects on the ground-breaking Disney
and some CG animation for commercials, an employee named Chris Wedge gathered a bunch of his co-workers and formed a studio of his own. They produced some effects for live-action films like Joe's Apartment
, Fight Club
and Alien: Resurrection
, along with their first short film Bunny
, which Wedge directed. In the wake of the CG cartoon movement (Pixar
had released A Bug's Life
a year before Bunny
was awarded Best Animated Short in the Oscars), the studio just happened to be bought by 20th Century Fox
to help fish them out of their failing 2-D feature animation unit. And the rest is prehistory
(2002) was the film that made Blue Sky Studios a major competitor in the animated feature film industry, and they released around one new animated film every two years since. It also helped boost the morale in the pretty dismal Northeastern animation circle- they are the only feature animation studio in the Northeast
, having used to be located in White Plains, New York before moving under a mile across the state border into Greenwich, Connecticut for the tax breaks.
They are notable for being one of the first studios to use raytrace rendering in feature films. They are also known for using more naturalistic lighting design than other studios, depending completely on sculpture maquettes to create the 3D forms of their characters, and utilizing cartoon squash-and-stretch more frequently in their later features. Chris Wedge directed their first films, and continues to executive produce their later ones.
Now, the success of their future productions will be complicated in 2013 onward to a degree with rival DreamWorks Animation
joining 20th Century Fox
as its distributor as well, which will require a careful balancing of release dates and promotion efforts. These efforts could be doing more harm than good, as Blue Sky hasn't released a ground-breakingly stellar feature film in years. With the 4th Ice Age
sequel performing the worst in the franchise yet, and in the midst of new successful contenders like Illumination Entertainment, they got a ways to go.
Not to be confused with the Portal fanfiction of the same name
. Also no relation to Blue Sky Software, the team who made, among many other things, the Vectorman
Films made by Blue Sky Studios:
The studio has plans for a third Rio
film as well as film adaptions of the comic strip Mutts
and Dugald Steer's Alienology
series, though these films have not been dated. The studio at one point also had plans to adapt the video game Spore
, though no news has come of this since its initial announcement.
Tropes present in their work: