Bankrupt? Disney Closes One Of Its Animation Studios

Bankrupt? Disney closes one of its animation studios | AP

It seems that unfortunately the health crisis is hitting the Walt Disney media conglomerate quite hard, since they recently announced that they have closed the doors of one of their animation studios.

That’s right, Blue Sky, who is responsible for movies like “Ice Age” and “Rio”, will sadly close its doors after 34 years.

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The mouse company continues on its path of changes and cleaning within its preferences, as will happen soon with Fox television channels, which will be renamed “Star”, and there are already commercials announcing it.

And this time, the American media Deadline announced and confirmed that the Disney company will close Blue Sky Studios, the former animation division of 20th Century Fox.

It is worth mentioning that the animation studio, founded in 1987, raised close to $ 6 billion dollars, produced a total of 13 films and obtained three Oscar nominations: The Ice Age “(5 films),” Robots “,” Horton and the world of whom “,” Rio “(2 movies),” Epic “,” Charlie Brown: Peanuts “,” Olé: Ferdinand’s journey “and” Hidden spies “.

And it is that according to reports Deadline, since the purchase of Fox by Disney that Blue Sky hung by a thread, but its closure was delayed due to the Cor0navirus pandemic, since with the closures of theme parks and cruise lines unfortunately they lost money, and could not support a third film animation studio, especially due to the current economic situation.

Unfortunately, the closure will affect a total of 450 workers who will forcibly leave their jobs in April.

It is also reported that Disney will work with employees of the Greenwich-based studio to explore vacant positions at other internal company studios.

After much consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to shut down filming operations at Blue Sky Studios, “said an official spokesperson.

However, Blue Sky’s library and intellectual property will remain part of Disney, even though the company no longer operates, and there are also rumors that other studios absorb the employees.

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In addition, they are working on a series of “The Ice Age” for the streaming service Disney +, a saga that managed to raise more than $ 3.2 billion at the worldwide box office.

The truth is that the news does not take anyone by surprise, since from the first moment it was assumed that Disney was going to end Blu Sky sooner or later and finally it was the current situation that has led the studio not to wait plus.

On the other hand, Blue Sky Studios was a CGI animation studio specializing in computer-generated character animation based in Greenwich, Connecticut, owned by The Walt Disney Company, after the agreement concluded on March 20, 2019.

The studio was founded in 1987 by Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Alison Brown, David Brown, Chris Wedge and Eugene Troubetzkoy, after the company they worked for at MAGI, one of the visual effects studios behind Tron. , close.

Through its in-house rendering software, the studio had worked on visual effects for commercials and movies before turning fully to producing an animated feature in 2002 with the release of Ice Age.

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Of the studio’s ten films to date, Ice Age and Rio are its most successful franchises, and The Peanuts Movie its most critically acclaimed film, in fact Scratt (Ice Age) is the company’s mascot.

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