Lucas Starts Animation Studio

Filmmaker George Lucas has started his own animation studio. “For nearly six years, Lucas has tried ? without success ? to break into the feature animation business, which has become increasingly competitive. Rivals such as Pixar Animation Studios and partner Walt Disney Studios, DreamWorks SKG’s Pacific Data Images and 20th Century Fox’s Blue Sky Studios have cashed in on such blockbusters as ‘Monsters, Inc.,’ ‘Shrek’ and ‘Ice Age,’ respectively. Last year, Sony Pictures joined the fray by forming its own computer animation outfit.”