The Art of Blue Sky Stu­dios

Animation Magazine - - Frame- By- Frame - By Jake S. Friedman [In­sight Edi­tions, $60]

It’s hard to be­lieve it’s been just over a decade since Fox helped launch Blue Sky into the world of the­atri­cal fea­ture an­i­ma­tion with the global hit fran­chise starter Ice Age back in 2002 — the fifth in­stall­ment of which is planned for 2016. Since then, the stu­dio has con­tin­u­ally upped the CG an­i­ma­tion bar with film adap­ta­tions and lushly de­signed orig­i­nal sto­ries, from Robots to Rio.

For the first time, you can leaf through a hefty cof­fee-ta­ble hard­cover that re­counts the stu­dio’s jour­ney from live-ac­tion visual-ef­fects company to a driv­ing force in CG an­i­ma­tion. Thanks to ex­clu­sive ac­cess to Blue Sky’s ar­chives (and the tal­ented artists who have filled it), this edi­tion boasts never-be­fore-seen con­cept art, early sketches, stun­ning film stills and more eye candy to tide you over un­til their next am­bi­tious project: the first-ever CG Peanuts movie, com­ing next year.

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