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The Art of Blue Sky Studios

Written by: Jake S Friedman
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Product Description

Over the past fifteen years, 20th Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios have revolutionized computer animation with some of the most beloved movies of all time, from their initial success with Ice Age in 2002 to hits like Robots, Rio, Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who!, Epic, and the four Ice Age sequels.

For the first time, this deluxe coffee-table book tells the remarkable tale of Blue Sky’s success, from its origins as a live-action visual effects company to its partnership with 20th Century Fox and reinvention as a driving force in the world of computer-generated animation. With exclusive access to Blue Sky’s archives and the exceptional artists who have made characters like Ice Age’s Scrat and Rio’s Blu and Jewel household names, this book takes an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at one of animation’s greatest success stories. Featuring never-before-seen concept art, early sketches, stunning stills, and other unique visuals, The Art of Blue Sky Studios delivers the complete illustrated history of this outstanding creative force in computer-generated animation.

Editorial Reviews

GeekDad: “This book encompasses everything up to and including Rio 2. You and your kids will love flipping through and looking at all the fantastic images and learning more about this company that has been creating computer graphics since before the general public knew that was a thing.”

Animation Magazine: “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 and live 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 built 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.”

Den of Geek : “. . . a worthy addition to any animation geek’s shelf.”

Comic Book Resources : “. . . is the most impressive movie-related art book I've ever seen . . . the full color paintings (are) done mostly to visualize the environments for the films and the characters' place in them, and they're striking. I can't compliment them enough . . . Best of all, the book doesn't try to cram them all into a smaller format. They're allowed to breathe. Some stretch across two page spreads. You can really see these paintings, and that's what an art book should do.”

About the Author

Jake S. Friedman is a New York–based writer, teacher, and artist. He is a longtime contributor to Animation Magazine and Animation Mentor, and has also written for Animation World Network, the Philadelphia Daily News, and the Huffington Post. He was an animation artist for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, and Saturday Night Live. Currently he is an adjunct professor of art and animation at the Roy Disney Studio for Animation Studies at Mercy College in New York City and is writing the authorized biography of animation legend Art Babbitt.