You Too Can Hear a Who in Greenwich

An award-winning animated film studio comes to Conn.

Movie stars have arrived in Greenwich but you won’t be seeing them at any restaurants or cafes. They’re animated.

Blue Sky Studios, one of the top animated filmmakers in the country, is bringing 300 jobs to the state. The company is expanding and adding staff.

The studio, which created “Ice Age” and "Horton Hears a Who" last year, will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday at the One American Lane facility at noon with Gov. M. Jodi Rell

On Jan. 5, the company moved to The Greenwich American Center, a 605,000 square foot facility set on 155 wooded acres, according to a news release and the company’s Web site.

“Every little hair, every little whisker, every movement of the eye, everything that you see in this animation is created by one of you,” Rell said Thursday.

Blue Sky looked in the tri-state area before choosing Greenwich, Fox Animation president Vanessa Morrison said.

The company made the move because of the state’s tax program and the ability to place all members of the creative staff and crew on one floor, according to a news release. 

Companies are eligible for tax credits of up to 30 percent on production expenses or costs incurred within the state. 

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