• [NEWS] Disney to shutter 'Ice Age' animation house Blue Sky Studios

    From Your Name@21:1/5 to All on Wed Feb 10 08:20:13 2021
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    From Variety.com ...

    Disney to Shutter 'Ice Age' Animation House Blue Sky
    The Walt Disney Company will close Blue Sky Studios, the
    animation company inherited in its 2019 acquisition of
    20th Century Fox.

    Founded in 1987, Blue Sky helped grow top-grossing family
    franchises including "Ice Age," the Dr. Seuss adaptation
    "Horton Hears a Who," and most recently the Will Smith
    and Tom Holland project "Spies in Disguise."

    About 450 employees staffing the company will face
    termination, thought some are said to be eyeing roles at
    other Disney portfolio holdings, which includes the
    eponymous Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar.
    Closure was a forgone conclusion for many in the industry
    upon the historic Disney-Fox transaction.

    "Given the current economic realities, after much
    consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult
    decision to close filmmaking operations at Blue Sky
    Studios," a Disney spokesperson said.

    The coronavirus pandemic has uniquely crippled Disney,
    given the entertainment giant's reliance on theme park
    attendance and a massive global theatrical business, which
    needs open movie theaters to survive. Maintaining a third
    animation label became untenable, one individual with
    knowledge of the company said.

    "Ice Age," which spawned four films, grossed close to
    $3 billion worldwide and saw exponential box office
    returns from sequel to sequel. It was voiced by Ray Romano
    and John Leguizamo. The studio also produced the
    two-parter bird adventure "Rio," with Anne Hathaway and
    George Lopez, which grossed close to $1 billion worldwide.

    Blue Sky began in the commercial space and grew into an
    effects production house on titles like "Alien
    Resurrection" and "Fight Club."

    News of the closing was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.


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