I want to talk about something near and dear to me: animation. I grew up with animation filling my house. I went to see Ferdinand on New Year’s Day. I loved it. It was adorable and told a solid story. Polar Express has nothing on Ferdinand.
Blue Sky Studios is better known as “that studio that makes Ice Age”. I hate most of the sequels, but their other movies are amazing! Their portfolio includes (aside from Ice Age) Rio, Robots, Epic, Charlie Brown, and now Ferdinand! Of those…I can’t pick a favorite.
I’m a little concerned about Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox as Blue Sky is technically owned by Fox. Blue Sky staying separated from Disney Animation and Pixar is, I think, truely important for fostering the art of animation. Very few other animation houses exist that put out big releases the way way Disney, Dreamworks, and Blue Sky do. Laika – the animation house behind Coraline, The Boxtrolls, and Kubo and the Two Strings – has its own niche, but doesn’t make movies often enough to be popularly recognized. Animation is difficult and time consuming. Not enough big studios can compete with Disney to keep the art alive. I love Disney, but I recognize that diversity matters, even in animation.
I hope Blue Sky goes on to make more films!
Take it easy and remember to smile!