Disney Shutting Down ‘Ice Age’ Creator Blue Sky Studios This Spring. In early 2019, Disney acquired Fox and associated properties in a historic buy-out for the entertainment industry.
Initially, Disney shut down several portions of the Fox properties and/or merged them with other Disney assetts. One of the properties that managed to dodge the initial shut down was Blue Sky Studios, the animation studio that helped create hit family films such as The Peanuts Movie, Rio, Spies in Disguise, Ferdinand, and the Ice Age franchise and shorts.
According to a report from Deadline, due to record losses caused by the pandemic, Disney is no longer able to maintain a third animation studio and has decided to close down Blue Sky Studios. The doors will shut forever on Blue Sky in April 2021. Though this spells the end of the studio, Disney has made sure to help the 450 Blue Sky employees who will be affected by the closure and is actively working to integrate displaced employees into open and available positions within other Disney owned studios and properties.
A spokesperson for Blue Sky Studios shared, “Given the current economic realities, after much consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close filmmaking operations at Blue Sky Studios.”
Currently several titles including Horton Hears a Who, Ferdinand, The Peanuts Movie and more from Blue Sky Studios are available to stream exclusively on Disney+.
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Featured Photo Credit: Blue Sky Studios