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.