[[quoteright:350:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/blue_sky_studios_logo.jpg]] Once upon a time, there was a little studio called MAGI/Synthavision. In 1987, having completed some of the effects on the ground-breaking Creator/{{Disney}} film ''Film/{{Tron}}'' 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 ''Film/JoesApartment'', ''Film/FightClub'' and ''Film/AlienResurrection'', along with their first short film ''Bunny'', which Wedge directed. In the wake of the CG cartoon movement (Creator/{{Pixar}} had released ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'' a year before ''Bunny'' was awarded Best Animated Short in the Oscars), the studio just happened to be bought by Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox to help fish them out of their failing 2-D feature animation unit. And the rest is [[WesternAnimation/IceAge prehistory]].

''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' (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 [[MoneyDearBoy 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.

The success of their future productions has been complicated to a degree with rival studio Creator/DreamWorksAnimation joining Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox as its distributor in 2013. This has required a careful balancing of release dates and promotion efforts between the two studio's output, but these efforts could be doing more harm than good. Blue Sky hasn't released a ground-breakingly stellar feature film in years, and with the [[WesternAnimation/IceAge5CollisionCourse 4th ''Ice Age'' sequel]] being the worst performer in the franchise yet, the arrival of new successful contenders like Creator/IlluminationEntertainment, and Fox letting [=DreamWorks=] go to their new permanent home at Illumination's parent Creator/{{Universal}} in 2018, they got a ways to go.

In late 2017, Creator/{{Disney}} bought out 20th Century Fox, which included Blue Sky. It is currently unknown what Blue Sky's fate is as of the acquisition.

Not to be confused with the [[Fanfic/BlueSky Portal fanfiction of the same name]]. Also no relation to Blue Sky Software, the team who made, among many other things, the ''VideoGame/{{Vectorman}}'' series.
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!!Films made by Blue Sky Studios:
[[index]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Bunny}}'' (1998)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' (2002)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'' (2005)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge2TheMeltdown'' (2006)
* ''Dr. Seuss' Literature/HortonHearsAWho'' (2008)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge3DawnOfTheDinosaurs'' (2009)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio}}'' (2011)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge4ContinentalDrift'' (2012)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Epic}}'' (2013)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Rio 2}}'' (2014)
* ''WesternAnimation/ThePeanutsMovie'' (2015)
* ''WesternAnimation/IceAge5CollisionCourse'' (2016)
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Ferdinand}}'' (2017)

!!Films in-production:
* ''Anubis'' (2018)
* ''Spies in Disguise'' (2019), based on the animated short ''Pigeon: Impossible.''
* ''Nimona'' (February 14, 2020), based on the webcomic/graphic novel {{WebComic/Nimona}}.
[[/index]]

The studio has plans for a third ''Rio'' film as well as film adaptions of the comic strip ''ComicStrip/{{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 ''VideoGame/{{Spore}}'', though no news has come of this since its initial announcement.

!!Tropes present in their work:
* AvoidTheDreadedGRating: Averted. While the majority of their films are rated PG, they do successfully aim for G's on certain films, even going back and editing the first ''Rio'' before its release to bring it down to a G.
* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: ''Bunny'' and the first ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' movie were both very sombre, moody films. In the time between ''Ice Age'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Robots}}'', the [[DenserAndWackier snarky, pop-culture heavy]] [[Creator/DreamWorksAnimation DreamWorks]] films became the new norm and, starting with ''Ice Age: Continental Drift'', the studio [[FollowTheLeader followed suit]].
* PluckyComicRelief: At least one in every film they've done so far. [[WesternAnimation/IceAge Scrat's]] practically the studio mascot.
* SceneryPorn
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