30 Years Blue Sky Stu­dios Brian Keane, COO

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Blue Sky Stu­dios has its roots in a CGI and an­i­ma­tion startup cre­ated by the team that de­signed the spe­cial ef­fects for Dis­ney’s TRON (1982). It be­came a full-fledged movie stu­dio after be­ing ac­quired by 20th Cen­tury Fox and re­leas­ing its first fea­ture, Ice Age, in 2002. Since this break­out film, Blue Sky Stu­dios has pro­duced many more fam­ily-fo­cused an­i­mated fea­tures in­clud­ing Hor­ton Hears a Who! (2008), Rio! (2011) and the lat­est in­stall­ment of its suc­cess­ful Ice Age fran­chise, Ice Age: Col­li­sion Course, re­leased last year. Blue Sky Stu­dios is also re­spon­si­ble for the ef­fects work in live-ac­tion films like Fight Club (1999) and Crouching Tiger, Hid­den Dragon (2000). Hon­ors and Awards: Bunny (1998) Acad­emy Award for Best An­i­mated Short; Ice Age (2002) Acad­emy Award Nom­i­nee, Best An­i­mated Fea­ture Hot Prop­er­ties: Ice Age, Rio! Com­ing Soon: Fer­di­nand Web­site: blueskys­tu­dios.com [

Births: Artist Frida Kahlo, voice of Fred Flint­stone Alan Reed, an­i­ma­tor Art Bab­bitt, an­i­ma­tor Les Clark. Births: Comics leg­end Will Eisner, voice ac­tress June Foray. Re­leases: Na­makura Gatana (Blunt Sword), the old­est sur­viv­ing Ja­panese anime; Quirino Cris­tiani’s El Após­tol, the first fea­ture-length an­i­ma­tion; Jimmy Gets the Pen­nant by Howard S. Moss. Births: Voice ac­tor Dick Beals, an­i­ma­tor Shirley Sil­vey, Bri­tish an­i­ma­tor Ali­son de Vere, Hun­gar­ian an­i­ma­tor Attila Dar­gay. Founded: The Mo­tion Pic­ture Acad­emy of Arts and Sci­ences. Events: Oswald the Lucky Rab­bit makes his de­but in 1927’s Trol­ley Trou­bles.

Dis­ney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the first full-length cel an­i­mated fea­ture, pre­mieres in Hol­ly­wood; Ladis­las Stare­vich’s The Tale of the Fox and The Diehl Bros.’ The Seven Ravens de­but in Ger­many.

de­buts as the first an­i­mat- star- Born: Dis­ney-Pixar head John Las­seter, Simp­sons vet­eran David Sil­ver­man, di­rec­tor Chris Wedge, di­rec­tor Brad Bird, an­i­ma­tor An­dreas Deja, Nancy Cartwright — voice of Bart Simp­son, Dan Castel­lan­eta — voice of Homer Simp­son. Events: Ter­ry­toons’ Tom Ter­rific de­buts on Cap­tain Kan­ga­roo. Re­leases: The Gumby Show, Warner Bros.’ What’s Opera Doc?, Os­car-win­ning short Birds Anony­mous, Bill Jus­tice’s di­rec­to­rial de­but The Truth About Mother Goose, Wal­ter Lantz’s The Woody Wood­pecker Show, Hanna-Bar­bera’s first NBC show Ruff and Reddy.

Births: Steven Uni­verse cre­ator Re­becca Su­gar. Founded: Blue Sky Stu­dios, Ja­panese stu­dio Pro­duc­tion I.G. Re­leases: Picha’s X-rated Le Big Bang pre­mieres in Europe; Wicked City pre­mieres in Ja­pan; The Chip­munk Ad­ven­ture; Rankin/ Bass’ The Wind in the Wil­lows; The Brave Lit­tle Toaster; Ro­bot Car­ni­val pre­mieres in Ja­pan; Duck­Tales; The Jet­sons Meet the Flint­stones; Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles.

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