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Blue Sky Studios
Type Subsidiary of News Corporation / 20th Century Fox
Founded February 1987
Headquarters Greenwich, Connecticut, USA
Industry CGI animation
Parent MAGI-Synthavision

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 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. As of Monday, January 5th, 2009, the studio moved from White Plains, New York to Greenwich, Connecticut.



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.[1]

After their acquisition by 20th Century Fox in 1997, Blue Sky was merged with Los Angeles-based VFX house, VIFX. Eventually, VIFX was sold to Rhythm & Hues Studios, 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, Tom Bisogno and Michael Ferraro[1], CGI Studio was notable for its use of ray tracing as opposed to REYES-like scanline rendering prevalent throughout the CG industry.


Feature films

Short films


This film was released by 20th Century Fox, the parent owner of Blue Sky.

See also


  1. ^ a b Ohmer, Susan. Ray Tracers: Blue Sky Studios. May 1, 1997. Accessed September 29, 2006.
  2. ^

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