Today is Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021. Here’s what you need to know.
Disney announced Tuesday the closure of Blue Sky Studios. It will officially be closed in April due to the economic state Disney is left in due to COVID-19. Financially, it cannot sustain a third feature animation studio. Blue Sky Studios became owned by Disney after acquiring 20th Century Studios in March 2019. 450 Blue Sky employees will be impacted, and Disney will be working to investigate alternative positions for them at other internal studios.
Blue Sky Studios has released a total of 13 animated films. Its most well-known project was the Ice Age franchise, a total of five movies. Other films include Rio, Rio 2, Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who!, Ferdinand, The Peanuts Movie, Epic, Robots and Spies in Disguise.
The most recent Blue Sky release was 2019’s Spies in Disguise. It did the worst out of all previous films, grossing $171 million at worldwide box offices. Blue Sky’s upcoming project was an animated film titled Nimona with a release date in 2022. Production for Nimona has been stopped, and the film will no longer be released. Although it is closing, Blue Sky’s library will still remain part of Disney.
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