September 23, 2009

Never saw this coming…

Filed under: Blue Sky,News — Mike @ 11:14 pm

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs is now the third highest grossing film of all time overseas!!! It’s at #17 on the worldwide all time list (that’s U.S. domestic plus overseas box office).

Box Office Mojo’s article (click here)

Absolutely incredible… It must have been the beautiful set dressing. That always packs ‘em into theaters. Yep – ground cover. Can totally make or break your movie. Just a tip for the aspiring filmmaker. That one’s free.

In related news, Peter de Séve, Galen Chu, Tony Maki, Michael Defeo and myself are doing a talk at the Society of Illustrators in NYC tomorrow night – Thursday, September 24, 6:30 to 9:00 PM – about the development of Ice Age 3′s new star Buck. We’ll be talking about how his character came to be, what motivated his design, personality and performance as well breaking down the sequence which tells his backstory. Probably my favorite sequence in the film, and definitely one of the most fun challenges I’ve had the pleasure of working on in my artistic career.

We’ll be showing tons of artwork, animation clips, and examples of how a character moves through Blue Sky’s pipeline. This will be a great rare opportunity to peek behind the curtain of how Blue Sky works. Here’s the link:


  1. Congratulations! Like Leonidas, you lead your brave spartans to defend the glorious name Blue Sky. TO VICTORY!

    Comment by Arthur — October 10, 2009 @ 6:25 pm

  2. We just watched this again this morning!! My son’s favorite movie! Of course, he has been running around talking like Sid… Still, we do love the movie. Our favorite of all the Ice Age(s). Brilliant!

    Comment by James Palmer — January 9, 2010 @ 9:59 am

  3. gee… must have been that beautiful set dressing indeed…. if i do say so myself… :)

    the art direction wasn’t bad either… just sayin’….

    Comment by mel — February 10, 2010 @ 7:10 pm

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