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Wedge Takes on "Robots"
Los Angeles-February 27, 2003

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Twentieth Century Fox has signed Oscar®-winner Chris Wedge to a five-year, multi-picture exclusive deal, it was announced today by Chris Meledandri, President of Twentieth Century Fox Animation.

The announcement follows the spectacular worldwide theatrical and home video success of Wedge’s feature directorial debut, "Ice Age." The film, a 2003 Academy Award® nominee for Best Animated Feature Film, has grossed over $378 million in worldwide box office and sold over 25 million DVD/VHS.

Wedge and Fox subsidiary Blue Sky Studios recently began production on their second digital animated feature film, "Robots," which like "Ice Age," presents a visually spectacular, three-dimensional world. It is a timeless tale that pushes the boundaries of animation, while introducing characters rich with whimsy, heart and soul. The production is being designed by illustrator William Joyce ("A Day in the Life of Wilbur Robinson," "Santa Calls"). Screenwriters are Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel ("Parenthood," "Splash," "City Slickers," "A League of Their Own").

In addition to helming "Robots," Wedge will serve as executive producer on a potential sequel to "Ice Age."

Commented Chris Wedge: "Our relationship with Fox is over five years old now, and has been exciting and productive from the start. The studio is brimming with wonderful people who have brought a lot of excitement and support to Blue Sky. I am thrilled about this work and the potential for the future."

Wedge is co-founder and VP of Creative Development at Blue Sky Studios, a subsidiary of Twentieth Century Fox. Blue Sky’s commitment to research and development has brought it to prominence as one of the top computer animation studios in the world.

Wedge’s film, "Bunny," won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film, and was the first film to use Radiosity, a complex computer application that recreates the most subtle properties of natural and ambient light.

SOURCE: Twentieth Century Fox

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