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Blue Sky Studios

Type

Subsidiary of 20th Century Fox

Industry

CGI animation
Motion pictures

Founded

February 1987

Founder(s)

Chris Wedge
V. Gopalakrishnan

Headquarters

Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Key people

Carlos Saldanha
Chris Wedge

Products

CGI animated films

Owners

News Corporation and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Parent/Partnership

20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures

Website

http://www.blueskystudios.com/

Bluesky logo

The first Blue Sky logo from 1987-2004

Blue Sky Studios logo

The second Blue Sky logo from 2005-12

Blu es ky

The current Blue Sky logo from 2013-present

Blue Sky Studios (also known as Blue Sky (or BSS for short) is an American CGI-animation studio which specializes in high-resolution, computer-generated character animation and rendering. It is owned by 20th Century Fox and located in Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition to their feature-length animated films, including the Ice Age series, Robots (2005), Horton Hears a Who! (2008), the Rio series, Epic (2013), and The Peanuts Movie (2015), Blue Sky has worked on many high-profile films, primarily in the integration of live-action with computer-generated animation.

HistoryEdit

1987–97Edit

Blue Sky was founded in February 1987 by Chris Wedge, Carl Ludwig and four other artists and technicians who had previously worked on the Disney film Tron while employed at MAGI/Synthavision.[1] Throughout the late 1980s and 1990s, the studio concentrated on the production of television commercials and visual effects for film. Some of the more memorable commercials that Blue Sky worked on during this time period were a Chock Full O' Nuts spot with a talking coffee bean, and an intro for a Nickelodeon block called Nicktoons that featured the show's mascot, Nick Boy, realized as human-shaped orange goo. Using their proprietary animation pipeline, the studio produced over 200 spots for clients such as Chrysler, M&M/Mars, General Foods, Texaco, and the United States Marines.[2]

1997–presentEdit

In August 1997, 20th Century Fox's Los Angeles-based effects company, VIFX, acquired Blue Sky Studios to form VIFX.[3] The new company produced visual effects for films such as The X-Files, Blade, Armageddon, Titanic and Alien Resurrection.[4] In 1998, Chris Wedge realized long unfulfilled dreams and produced the Academy Awarded animated short film, Bunny.

Due to the f/x market crash, Fox decided to leave visual effects business. In 1999, they sold VIFX to Rhythm & Hues Studios,[5] and considered selling Blue Sky next. At the time, the studio got the opportunity with the Ice Age script to turn it into a comedy. In 2002, Ice Age was released to a great critical and commercial success. The film got a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, and established Blue Sky as the third studio, after Pixar and DreamWorks, to launch a successful CGI franchise.[6]

On January 5, 2009, the studio moved from White Plains, New York to Greenwich, Connecticut.[7]

On May 15, 2013, Scrat has becomes the offical mascot of Blue Sky Studios.

FilmographyEdit

Feature filmsEdit

Released films

# Title Release date Budget Gross
1 Ice Age March 15, 2002 $59,000,000 $383,257,136
2 Robots March 11, 2005 $75,000,000 $260,718,330
3 Ice Age: The Meltdown March 31, 2006 $80,000,000 $655,388,158
4 Horton Hears a Who! March 14, 2008 $85,000,000 $297,138,014
5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1, 2009 $90,000,000 $886,686,817
6 Rio April 15, 2011 $90,000,000 $484,635,760
7 Ice Age: Continental Drift [8] July 13, 2012
8 Epic [9][10][11] May 24, 2013
9 Rio 2 [12][13] April 11, 2014
10 The Peanuts Movie November 6, 2015
11 Ice Age: Collision Course July 22, 2016

Upcoming films

Title Release date
Ferdinand December 15, 2017
Anubis (film) March 23, 2018
"Untitled Blue Sky Studios Film" July 20,2018

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