Editor Note: Getting Animated
Over the years Greenwich magazine has had its share of characters on the cover but this month we take it to a whole new level. Anyone who has children (and I’d venture to say even those who don’t) will recognize our cover boy, Scrat, the squirrel-rat from the Ice Age trilogy. What connection does Scrat have to Greenwich, you ask? He lives here, at one of our town’s best-kept secrets—Blue Sky Studios.
The folks at Blue Sky have been busily creating and producing hits like Ice Age, Robots, Horton Hears a Who! and the upcoming surefire blockbuster, Rio (due for release in theaters next April). In less than ten years the studio has gone from relative obscurity to major distinction, giving the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks a run for their money. And it’s little wonder considering Blue Sky has pioneered animation techniques that have basically revolutionized the industry. All, right here in Greenwich.
If Willy Wonka ran the CIA, I think it would look a lot like Blue Sky Studios. This is a world of juxtaposition—it’s based on fun, frivolity and creativity. But make no mistake, it’s also extremely well orchestrated and closely guarded from the competition. This is serious business.
The day we toured Blue Sky I kept thinking about my college roommate, whose conservative doctor father was beyond dismayed when she decided to pursue a career in animation, or “drawing cartoons” as he put it. If he had seen the artistry and technical ability that goes into creating a mere ten seconds of animation, I think he would have softened his opinion. Today Patty is a successful animator, albeit for one
of those other guys. But should she ever decide to move east, I know a squirrel-rat who will most likely take her call.