Ice Age, Rio … Blue Sky animation studio closes due to health crisis

A Disney subsidiary since 2019, the studio, which is almost 35 years old, saw its last project halted because of the economic situation.

It was not an ice age or the fall of an asteroid that got the better of Blue Sky, but the financial crisis. The studio behind The Ice Age, Robots and Rio will close its doors at the twilight of its thirty-fifth year. Founded in 1987 by Alison Brown, David Brown, Michael Ferraro, Carl Ludwig, Dr. Eugene Troubetzkoy and Chris Wedge, the Connecticut-based company was part of the package obtained by the big-eared giant via the Fox takeover in 2019. With Pixar and 20th Century Animation, the multinational had three large-scale animation studios, a real cost of maintenance certainly increased by the pandemic.

Considering the current economic realities, after careful consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to stop the ongoing projects at Blue Sky StudioA studio manager told the site Deadline. Immediate consequence, the film Mimona – the adaptation of the eponymous graphic novel – under construction since 2015 has been completely canceled. The animated feature film was however 75% finished and was due to be released in 2022.

Among the 450 employees of Blue Sky, several of them should be offered jobs in the Californian studios of Disney. The lucrative franchises of the late studio meanwhile still belong to the animation giant, a series focused on the characters of The Ice Age is currently in production for the Disney + streaming platform.


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