Blue Sky Studios

Blue Sky Studios

company_name = Blue Sky Studios
company_type = Subsidiary of 20th Century Fox Animation (20th Century Fox)
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foundation = February, 1987
location = White Plains, New York, USA
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parent = News Corporation
industry = CGI animation
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Blue Sky Studios is a CGI animation studio which specializes in photo-realistic, high-resolution, computer-generated character animation and rendering. In addition to their feature-length animated films, including "Ice Age" (2002), "Robots" (2005), and "Dr. Seuss's Horton Hears a Who!" (2008), Blue Sky has worked on many high-profile movies, primarily in the integration of live-action with computer-generated animation.


Blue Sky was founded in February, 1987 by a number of artists and technicians who had previously worked on the Disney film "Tron" while employed at MAGI/Synthavision. 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 a series of station identities for Nickelodeon that featured the channel'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.Ohmer, Susan. [ Ray Tracers: Blue Sky Studios] . May 1, 1997. Accessed September 29 2006.]

After their acquisition by 20th Century Fox in 1997, Blue Sky was merged with Los Angeles-based VFX house VIFX. Eventually, VIFX was shuttered, and Blue Sky was re-purposed to focus solely on animated features.


The studio is notable for its proprietary renderer, CGI Studio. Initially developed by Eugene Troubetzkoy, Carl Ludwig and Michael Ferraro, CGI Studio was notable for its use of ray tracing as opposed to REYES-like scanline rendering prevalent throughout the CG industry.


Animated features

*"Ice Age" (2002)
*"Robots "(2005)
*"" (2006)
*"Horton Hears a Who!" (2008)
*"" (2009, in production)

hort films

*"Bunny" (1998, Academy Award winner)
*"Gone Nutty" (2002, Academy Award nominee)
*"Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty" (2005)
*"No Time For Nuts" (2006 Academy Award nominee)


*"Titan A.E." (2000) – the final "genesis" scene
*"Fight Club" (1999) – the "sliding" penguin
*"Jesus' Son" (1999) – sacred heart, "liquid" glass, and screaming cotton ball effects
*"The Sopranos" (1999) – the "talking fish"
*"" (1998) – several alien creatures
*"" (1997) – the aliens
*"A Simple Wish" (1997) – numerous characters and special effects
*"Joe's Apartment" (1996) – dancing and singing cockroaches


ee also

*Chris Wedge
*DreamWorks Animation
*Walt Disney Feature Animation
*Big Idea Productions

External links

* [ Blue Sky Studios]
* [ Blue Sky Studios] at IMDB
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