Blue Sky Studios Hires First Female Director for Its First Animated Musical

/Film | 2/14/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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It’s no secret that there’s a dearth of women in the animation industry. In Disney’s nearly 100-year history, only one film has been directed by a woman. With the 19 films that Pixar has released since 1995, only Brave had a female director — who was fired midway through production.

Blue Sky Studios‘ newest film will do its part to level the playing field. For the animation studio’s 15th feature film, Blue Sky Studios has hired its first female director, Karen Disher. And it’s not the only first for the studio: Disher will helm Blue Sky’s first feature-length musical.

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Blue Sky Studios has hired Disher, head of story on the studio’s 2011 hit Rio and director of shorts Surviving Side and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas, as the co-director of its upcoming musical, tentatively titled Foster. Disher will co-direct alongside Steve Martino (The Peanuts Movie).

Foster is an original film which, according to Variety, follows “a young super fan who isn’t satisfied with the ending to a series of fantasy books [and] after he seeks out the author to voice his displeasure, the pair finds themselves transported into a mystical world.”

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The musical will feature songs by the award-winning La La Land lyricists Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, who recently had another hit on their hands with The Greatest Showman. The film will be written by Tim Federle (Ferdinand) and produced by Marc Platt (La La Land).

Blue Sky Studios has mostly remained on the fringes of mainstream animation, never quite wielding the prestige or influence of Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks — despite its monster...
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