Blue Sky Studio’s 15th animated feature, Foster (working title), was announced on Monday. Notably, it will be the Connecticut-based studio’s first feature film to be directed by a woman.
Karen Disher, 45, will co-direct the film with Steve Martino (The Peanuts Movie). Disher has been an important long-term member of the Blue Sky creative team, having worked in the story department on nine of the studio’s features, including head of story on Rio. She’s also directed the shorts Surviving Side and Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas.
Prior to Blue Sky, Disher had plenty of directing experience in television at MTV Animation, where she was the supervising director of Daria and its tv movie spinoffs. She was also the character designer who established the final look of the series.