EXCLUSIVE: Disney is shutting down Blue Sky Studios, the $ 5.9 billion global former animation division of 20th Century Fox that produced 13 feature films during its run, including the Ice Age franchise

It can be said that the writing for Blue Sky has always been on the wall, especially after Disney acquired 20th Century Studios and its assets in March 2019, but the past year has been a challenge for Disney on many fronts, due to the, of course Pandemic – not only on the studio side, but also with theme park closings and dockings for cruise ships Maintaining a third animation studio was no longer feasible for Disney in view of the current economic realities caused by Covid

The last day for Blue Sky is April Number of Blue Sky employees affected is 450 Disney will be working with staff from the Greenwich, CT-based studio to explore open positions in the other in-house studios

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A studio spokesman told Deadline: “In view of the current economic situation, we have made the difficult decision after careful examination and evaluation to stop filming at Blue Sky Studios”

Blue Sky’s library and intellectual property remains part of Disney, and I hear there are no plans for another major studio to take over the staff and operations of Blue Sky, a series is already in for Disney Work based on Blue Sky’s Ice Age characters in five films, the Ice Age series grossed $ 3 billion at the global box office

The production of Nimona, directed by Patrick Osborne, Dated January 2022, will be discontinued and the film will no longer be released, Deadline Learned Nimona, who had 10 months left in production, followed a young shapeshifter who teamed up with a mad scientist named Lord Ballister Blackheart to become the ruler of the kingdom expose

Following Disney’s acquisition of Fox in August 2019, it was announced that Andrew Millstein, President of Walt Disney Animation Studios, has been named Co-President of Blue Sky Studios and will serve alongside Co-President Rob Baird is expected that both Millstein and Baird get out of Blue Sky after closing the doors

Blue Sky’s final release, Spies in Disguise, was distributed by Disney in December 2019 It didn’t go that well, grossing $ 66 million at the box office at home and $ 171 million worldwide, the hope was that the picture with Will Smith and Tom Holland would spur a franchise

Blue Sky Studios was founded in February 1987 by Chris Wedge, Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Alison Brown, David Brown and Eugene Troubetzkoy after their employer, technology company MAGI (which happened to be due to the visual effects for Disney’s 1982 classic Tron worked) , close Blue Sky’s early clients included Bell Atlantic, Rayovac, Gillette and Braun, and the house created the animated insects for the 1996 MTV movie Joe’s Apartment. In August 1997, 20th Century Fox’s VFX company, VIFX, acquired the Majority of Blue Sky and the animated studio began working on characters for Alien Resurrection, A Simple Wish, Mouse Hunting, Fight Club and Star Trek: Insurrection, which was instigated by Chris Meledandri when he was president of 20th Century Fox Animation

However, it was the animated short bunny staged by Wedge that catapulted Blue Sky into full-length animation productions after winning the best animated short Oscar. Meledandri was also instrumental in the expansion of Blue Sky with the Ice Age series, before leaving Fox to start Illumination and another multi-billion dollar franchise in Despicable Me, Blue Sky’s 2017 feature film Ferdinand, directed by Carlos Saldanha, received an Oscar nomination for best animated feature film

Blue Sky’s most successful animation features at the worldwide box office were Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (’09, 886 million USD), Ice Age: Continental Drift (’12, 877 million USD), Ice Age: Meltdown (‘) 06, 660 million USD), Rio 2 (14,500 million USD), Rio (11,484 million USD), Ice Age: collision course (16, 408 million USD), Ice Age (02, 383 million USD), Dr Seuss’ Horton hears a Who! (’08, $ 297M), Ferdinand (’17, $ 296M), Epic (’13, $ 268M), Robots (’05, $ 260M), The Peanuts Movie (’15, $ 246M) and Spies in Disguise ( ”19, 171 million USD)

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World news – USA – Disney closes Blue Sky Studios, Fox ‘once dominant animation house behind the “Ice Age” franchise

Source: https://deadline.com/2021/02/blue-sky-studios-closing-disney-ice-age-franchise-animation-1234690310/