Date of Birth: 1958
After graduating from the State University of New York Purchase film department in 1981, Wedge started his career as a stop-motion animator. He then joined MAGI/Syntha Vision where he became a principal animator for the ground-breaking film, Tron (1982).
For the rest of the '80s, Wedge worked at The School of Visual Arts in New York teaching animation at the MFA Computer Lab. In 1987 he co-founded Blue Sky Studios. With Wedge acting as VP of Creative Development, the studio soon became known as one of the top computer animation studios in the world.
In the mid '90s he returned to film, working as an animating director for Joe's Apartment (1996) and creative supervisor for commercials and numerous films like Alien: Resurrection (1997), A Simple Wish (1997) and Star Trek: Insurrection (1998).
The year 1998 was a big one for Wedge as he completed and released the short animated film, Bunny, following a tattered old bunny baking in her kitchen, while being pestered by an equally tattered old moth. The film was recognized worldwide and garnered Wedge his first Academy Award. He decided to follow up the impressive short with his first animated feature film, Ice Age (2002). The film was a huge box office hit, grossing over $176 million in the United States alone. He followed that up with Robots (2005), featuring the voices of Jude Law, Halle Berry and Robin Williams, to name a few of the top celebrities that signed on to the project.
Ice Age (2002)