Fox, Blue Sky commit to computer ani

Subsid, Compaq pact for 'Ice Age' equipment

Blue Sky Studios, a unit of Fox Filmed Entertainment, has entered an agreement with Compaq computer that will solidify Blue Sky’s standing as Fox’s East Coast animation studio.

Although Fox recently shut down their Phoenix animation facility, cutting its cell animation division, Fox’s commitment to computer animation is apparent with Blue Sky’s Compaq pact. Blue Sky purchased the equipment in anticipation of Fox’s “Ice Age,” about three Ice Age mammals who must return a human baby to its family. To be helmed by Chris Wedge with voices by Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Jane Krakowski, pic will be overseen by Fox Animation prexy Chris Meledandri and Fox senior VP Kevin Bannerman along with Blue Sky’s Chuck Richardson.

First of many

” ‘Ice Age’ is the first of many of first feature films we plan to produce with 20th Century Fox Animation. We are deep in development on our second feature and we hope to soon be preparing for our third and fourth films,” said Richardson.

As part of Blue Sky’s expansion into an animation studio, the company will move into a new facility in White Plains, N.Y. during the beginning of August to accommodate the Compaq equipment and increase its staff from 70 to 150-200 staffers.

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