1. Ice Age (2002)
Ice Age It’s the one that started it all and, in my opinion, it’s still Blue Sky’s best work. Complete with personable and inspired characters, some crisp sub-zero environments, and a cavalcade of inspired jokes, Chris Wedge’s earnest and endearing animated film didn’t match the ambition of his original ideas, which was apparently meant to be more serious and action-packed. Intensive, but the humor only adds to the warmth and spark of these characters, particularly with Ray Romano, John Leguizamo, and Denis Leary being correctly cast in their respective parts. Also, this is the only Ice Age movie where Scrat’s scenes are egregiously better than the main plot, as our animal characters’ emotional journey is heartfelt, clever, and ultimately very sweet.
Although Blue Sky Studios never quite matched the heights of its competition, Ice Age proved they could make movies close to their heights. It’s a shame, then, that the franchise and company didn’t aspire to this point with their other, often lazier follow-up projects.