Blue Sky Studios, the former Fox animation division that created the Ice Age franchise as well as Robots, The Peanuts Movie, and the recent Spies in Disguise, is no more. Now that Disney owns Fox, and by extension Blue Sky, the House of Mouse has decided to shutter the animation studio this April. Disney cites “current economic realities” behind the decision. As a result, the upcoming Blue Sky animated film Nimona has been canceled.
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It’s no secret that there’s a dearth of women in the animation industry. In Disney’s nearly 100-year history, only one film has been directed by a woman. With the 19 films that Pixar has released since 1995, only Brave had a female director — who was fired midway through production.
Blue Sky Studios‘ newest film will do its part to level the playing field. For the animation studio’s 15th feature film, Blue Sky Studios has hired its first female director, Karen Disher. And it’s not the only first for the studio: Disher will helm Blue Sky’s first feature-length musical.
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An animated film about a physically imposing character who’s more than a muscle-bound idiot, with a message about not judging others based solely on their looks? That’s about as subtle as a bull in a chi…well, you know the rest. But animated movies provide teachable moments for young audiences, and even though we’re all familiar with these tropes, there’s always a new generation who’ll be learning them for the first time.
Enter Ferdinand, the latest animated effort from Blue Sky Studios. 20th Century Fox has released the first trailer, and if nothing else, it features an impressive voice cast. Watch the full Ferdinand trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, December 21st, 2013 by Angie Han
I was going to make a joke about how the Ice Age franchise has been going since the last geological ice age, but then Wikipedia informed me that we’re in an ice age right now that’s been going on for 2.6 million years and counting. Fox and Blue Sky’s animated film series hasn’t been going on for quite that long, but eleven years is still a pretty long lifespan for a movie franchise. And like the current ice age, its still going.
The studio has just announced that Ice Age 5 will be out on July 15, 2016, which puts it almost exactly four years after the fourth film was released. Additionally, Fox has also set a new date for the previously announced Anubis, about a mummy curse. Hit the jump for more details on both films.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
After a couple of R-rated successes, Paul Feig is mixing it up with some family fare. The Bridesmaids director has just signed on to produce the upcoming Peanuts movie for Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox, where Feig has a first-look deal.
The project represents new territory for Feig, not because it’s kid-friendly — before Bridesmaids, his last feature was the PG-rated Unaccompanied Minors — but because it’s animated. Hit the jump for more details on the projects.
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20th (or is it 21st?) Century Fox went on a release date rampage over the weekend, planting a stake in the ground for a few upcoming tentpoles as well as animated films through 2018. Ridley Scott‘s star-studded The Counselor has been moved up to October 25, a non-Pixar Day of the Dead animated film called Book Of Life will be released October 3, 2014, Frankenstein, starring Daniel Radcliffe and directed by Paul McGuigan, is now set for October 17, 2014 and a fourth Alvin and the Chipmunks film will be released December 11, 2015.
Fox Animation, DreamWorks Animation and Blue Sky Animation will then have five films between them released in 2017 and five more in 2018. That’s in addition to the previously announced dates through 2014. See the full rundown below. Read More »
One of the more intriguing films being release this summer is Blue Sky Studio’s Epic. Featuring an insane list of voice talent (Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, Christoph Waltz, Aziz Ansari, Chris O’Dowd, Pitbull, Jason Sudeikis, Steven Tyler, Beyoncé Knowles) the film tells the story of a young girl who finds herself in the middle of a battle for the forest filled with tiny warriors, bugs and all kinds of action. The trailers show that the film has the potential to be a great family adventure.
The Art of Epic book by Titan shows off a lot of the film’s designs, and they’ve given us four exclusive pieces of concept art. Check them out below. Read More »