This is sad news for Syd, Diego and Manny. Disney has just announced the closure of Blue Sky, the animation studio behind Ice Age and Rio. Next April, Fox’s division will cease to operate.
Disney will close the Blue Sky animation studio. Founded in 1987, it has produced several successful licenses like The Ice Age and Rio. Disney just broke the news to Deadline and explains: “Given the current economic realities, and after careful consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close the filming operations of Blue Sky Studios.” The global pandemic will undoubtedly have precipitated this decision, while Disney must deprive itself of the revenues from its various theme parks around the world. When presenting its financial results for the third quarter of 2020, the company announced revenues of $ 11.8 billion, a decrease of 42% compared to the same period in 2019. Even if the firm was able to stem some of these losses thanks to the growing popularity of Disney +, which will increase in price, it clearly was not enough. It must also be said that on the animation side, the company is already well off with Pixar and Disney Animations. Moreover, the 450 Blue Sky employees, impacted by this decision, should join the ranks of the two studios.
The closure of Blue Sky also impacts the various productions of the studio. Since 2015, the company has been working on an adaptation of the graphic novel Nimona. The film, which was due to hit screens in January 2022, would not see just never the day. However, Disney + will continue to develop its series focused on certain characters from The Ice Age. It must be said that the saga is lucrative, since it brought in the cumulative sum of $ 3.2 billion at the box office for the five games. While waiting to discover the series, it is possible to find all the Blue Sky films on the Disney + platform. You will be able to see or see Rio or even Ferdinand again.Disney + is available from 6.99 euros per month
Source: Journal du Geek by www.journaldugeek.com.
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