Following the acquisition of Fox and with the losses due to the health crisis, Disney decided to close the Blue Sky animation studios at the origin of the Ice Age saga.
Created by Chris Wedge in 1987, Blue Sky studios will not be celebrating their 35th birthday. Disney, owner of the animation studio since its takeover of Fox in 2017, has in fact decided to close the company, in the process canceling Patrick Osborne’s animated film, Nimona.
The former animation division of 20th Century Fox has grossed $ 5.9 billion (including $ 3.2 billion from the Ice Age saga) and produced 13 feature films, including the hit franchise L ‘Ice Age and the animated films Rio, Horton and more recently The Incognitos.
As with all studios, the past year has been difficult for Disney due to the health crisis, the closure of cinemas and theme parks. And maintaining a third animation studio (in addition to Disney Animation and Pixar) was no longer viable given current economic realities.
Blue Sky Animation will close its doors for good in April, putting 450 people out of work. Disney is expected to offer vacant positions in its other studios to some studio employees.
This closure de facto cancels the production of Nimona for which its director Patrick Osborne and his team had 10 months of work left. The film, which recounted the adventures of a young shapeshifter and mad scientist, was scheduled to hit our theaters on January 26, 2022.