This weekend sees the release of the FOX-Blue Sky animated feature film, Epic. The film is about a girl who gets sucked into a magical, mystical forest and must help fight to keep it alive. While that description may seem somewhat vague, the film itself is anything but.
Blue Sky has made a name for itself developing and producing CGI films that, well, haven't generally been mentioned in the same breath as Pixar. While the critics may snub the output from the Connecticut outfit, audiences beg do differ. So far, every film they have released has made over $250 million and the Ice Age series is a bone fide cash cow.
More known for comedies such as Rio 2 and Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, Epic represents a dramatic turn for Blue Sky. Will the studio be able to pull of a believable, compelling story that keeps the audience on the edge of their seats? Everything so far points to yes.
Should the film be a success, it would do well to cement and secure Blue Sky's position within the wider FOX empire. Now that the major is also distributing DreamWorks films, the opportunity to differentiate themselves by focusing on dramatic features and leaving comedy to 's pride and joy may prove to be a wise one.