Fox’s Animation Branch: Blue Sky Studios
January 11, 2010

I know plenty about Warner animation, with all the DC superhero movies they do, and Disney’s Pixar, but I didn’t know anything about Blue Sky Studios, the animation division of 20th Century Fox, until I read this NY Times article. They’re responsible for, among other things, the wildly successful Ice Age series. Dawn of the Dinosaurs, the latest installment, was the #1 animated film of 2009, based on box office, at roughly half the cost of the entries from Pixar or DreamWorks.

The article is basically a puff piece — “hey, look at these guys doing so well” — but it did make me rethink my assumptions about who’s creating interesting animation work these days. I don’t think I’ve seen any of their movies, and KC didn’t like Horton Hears a Who, but it’s good to know they’re succeeding in the mass market.

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Ali T. Kokmen writes:  

At the risk of some shameless shilling, I’ll point out that many of the Blue Sky Studios creators have also done FLIGHT-esque comics work collected in the two OUT OF PICTURE anthologies published by Villard Books, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group (which is, in full disclosure, my employer…)

Johanna writes:  

You mean these two anthologies? Out of Picture 1 and Out of Picture 2. That’s neat to know! I like connections like that.


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