Blue Sky Studios was founded in February 1987 by animators that had done work on the Disney film Tron: Chris Wedge, Carl Ludwig, Dr. Eugene Troubetzkoy, Alison Brown, David Brown and Michael Ferraro, during their employment at Mathematical Applications Group, Inc.. During the late 1980s and 90s, the studio focused chiefly on television commercials such as Chock Full O' Nuts, M&M/Mars, and United States Marine and visual effects in a number of films.
Ice Age Films
- Ice Age (2002)
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
- Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)
- Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012)
- Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)
Ice Age shorts
- Gone Nutty (2003)
- No Time For Nuts (2006)
- Surviving Sid (2008)
- Scrat's Continental Crack-up (2010)
- Scrat's Continental Crack-up: Part 2 (2011)
- Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas (2011)
- Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)
- Ice Age: The Great Egg-Scapade (2016)
- Rio (2011)
- Rio 2 (2014)
- Robots (2005)
- Horton Hears A Who! (2008)
- Epic (2013)
- The Peanuts Movie (2015)
- Ferdinand (2017)
- Pigeon Impossible (2019)
- Nimona (2020)
- Bunny (1998)
- Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty (2005)
- Umbrellacorn (2013)
- Blue Sky's pre-2009 movie-making pattern is quite similar to that of Pixar's, down to the year window in which each feature film is released.
- Compare Ice Age (2002) to Toy Story (1995), being a highly original and successful debut for both animation companies.
- Compare Robots (2005) to A Bug's Life (1998), three years after the previous feature film and slightly less appealing and successful, but still magical.
- Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006) compares to Toy Story 2 (1999). Only a year after the last feature film, both films are sequels to the first feature films, and both are subject to critical acclaim.
- Two years later, Pixar released Monsters, Inc. in 2001 and Blue Sky released Horton Hears a Who! in 2008. Both films are Pixar and Blue Sky's fourth feature films and are also highly successful too.