Blue Sky Studios

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Blue Sky Studios, Inc.
Subsidiary
IndustryComputer animation
Motion pictures
FateShut down due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on The Walt Disney Company[1]
PredecessorMAGI
Fox Animation Studios
Successor20th Century Animation
FoundedFebruary 22, 1987; 35 years ago (1987-02-22)
Founders
  • Chris Wedge
  • Carl Ludwig
  • Eugene Troubetzkoy
  • Alison Brown
  • David Brown
  • Michael Ferraro
Headquarters
Greenwich American Center
Greenwich, Connecticut
,
U.S.
Key people
  • Robert Baird (Co-President)[2]
  • Andrew Millstein (Co-President)
  • Brian Keane (COO)[3]
ProductsAnimated films
Parent20th Century Animation
(Walt Disney Studios)
Websiteblueskystudios.com at the Wayback Machine (archived June 9, 2021) (now redirects to disney.com)

Blue Sky Studios was an American CGI-animation studio. It is owned by Pixar locating in Greenwich, Connecticut. In addition to their feature-length animated movies, Blue Sky has worked on many high-profile movies, primarily in combining live-action with computer-generated animation.

Filmography[change | change source]

Feature movies[change | change source]

Released movies

# Title Release date Budget Gross RT Notes
1 Ice Age March 15, 2002 $59,000,000 $383,257,136 77%
2 Robots March 11, 2005 $75,000,000 $260,718,330 64%
3 Ice Age: The Meltdown March 31, 2006 $80,000,000 $655,388,158 57%
4 Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who! March 14, 2008 $85,000,000 $297,138,014 79%
5 Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs July 1, 2009 $90,000,000 $886,686,817 46%
6 Rio April 15, 2011 $90,000,000 $484,635,760 72%
7 Ice Age: Continental Drift July 13, 2012 $95,000,000 $828,736,444 38%
8 Epic May 24, 2013 $93,000,000 $268,426,634 65%
9 Rio 2 April 11, 2014 $103,000,000 $100,346,459 46%
10 The Peanuts Movie November 6, 2015 $99,000,000 $246,000,000 87%
11 Ice Age: Collision Course July 22, 2016[4] $105,000,000 $408,000,000 18%
12 Ferdinand[5] December 15, 2017[6] $111,000,000 $296,000,000 72%
13 Spies in Disguise[7][8][9][10] December 25, 2019 $100,000,000 $171,000,000 76%
14 Rio 3 TBA
15 Ice Age 6 TBA
16 Spies in Disguise 2 TBA
17 Epic 2 TBA
18 Morph: The Movie TBA
19 The Peanuts Movie 2 TBA
20 Winon TBA
21 Ferdinand 2 TBA
22 Winon 2 TBA
23 Bunny of Magic TBA
24 Rio 4 TBA
25 Epic 3 TBA
26 Ice Age: The Return TBA
27 Ice Age 7 TBA
28 The Peanuts Movie 3 TBA
29 Robots 2 TBA
30 Winon 3 TBA
31 Bunny of Magic 2 TBA
32 Spies in Disguise 3 TBA
33 Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who 2 TBA
34 Rio 5 TBA
35 Winon 4 TBA
36 Morph: The Movie 2 TBA
37 Bunny of Magic 3 TBA
38 The Peanuts Movie 4 TBA
39 Spies in Disguise 4 TBA
40 Ice Age 8 TBA
41 Winon 5 TBA
42 The Sino Movie TBA
43 Epic 4 TBA
44 Ferdinand 3 TBA
45 Winon 6 TBA

Television specials[change | change source]

Short movies

  1. Bunny (1998)
  2. Aunt Fanny's Tour of Booty (2002)
  3. Surviving Sid (2005)
  4. Gone Nutty (2009)
  5. No Time for Nuts (2009)
  6. Umbrellacorn (2013)
  7. Cosmic Scrat-tastrophe (2015)
  8. Scrat: Spaced Out (2016)


2019–2021: Disney acquisition and closure[change | change source]

Ownership of Blue Sky Studios was assumed by The Walt Disney Company as part of their 2019 acquisition of 21st Century Fox,[11] which concluded on March 20, 2019.[12] On March 21, Disney announced that Blue Sky Studios and its parent company 20th Century Fox Animation (now 20th Century Animation) would be integrated as units within the Walt Disney Studios with co-presidents Andrea Miloro and Robert Baird continuing to lead the studio, while reporting to Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn.[13] In July 2019, Miloro announced that she would be stepping down from her role as co-president, thus leaving Baird as sole president.[14]

In August 2019, former Walt Disney Animation Studios head Andrew Millstein was named as co-president of Blue Sky Studios alongside Baird, while Pixar Animation Studios president Jim Morris would also be taking a supervising role.[15][16]

On February 9, 2021, Disney announced that it was closing Blue Sky Studios in April 2021. The company explained that in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic's continued economic impact on all of its businesses, it was no longer sustainable for them to run a third feature animation studio. In addition, production on a film adaptation of the webcomic Nimona,[17] originally scheduled to be released on January 14, 2022, was cancelled as a result of its closure. The studio's film library and intellectual properties are retained by Disney.[18][19] Although Disney did not give an exact date as to when the studio would be closing down initially, former animator Rick Fournier confirmed on April 10 it was their last day of operation,[20] three days after co-founder Chris Wedge released a farewell letter on social media.[21]

Blue Sky Studios' website redirects to Disney.com.[a]

  1. or its regional affiliates such as disney.co.uk


References[change | change source]

  1. Owusu, Tony. "Disney Closes Animator Blue Sky Studios Amid Cost Cuts". The Street. MSN. Archived from the original on 18 May 2021. Retrieved 18 May 2021. The move resulted from the losses the media group has posted amid the coronavirus pandemic lockdown.
  2. Kilday, Gregg (October 30, 2017). "Fox Animation Names Andrea Miloro, Robert Baird Co-Presidents". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 9, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2018.
  3. "Vanessa Morrison Re-Ups With Fox, Brian Keane With Blue Sky After 'Ice Age 4′". Deadline. July 18, 2012. Archived from the original on February 9, 2021. Retrieved July 19, 2012.
  4. "Ice Age 5 Set for July 15, 2016, Anubis Moves to 2018". ComingSoon.net. December 20, 2013. Retrieved December 20, 2013.
  5. Brodesser-Akner, Claude (February 18, 2011). "Fox, Ice Age Director Bullish on The Story of Ferdinand". New York. Retrieved February 19, 2011.
  6. Chitwood, Adam (May 16, 2013). "DreamWorks Animation Moves B.O.O. Release Up to June 5, 2015 and TROLLS to November 4, 2016; Fox Dates ANUBIS and FERDINAND". Collider.com. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  7. Fox Consumer Products (August 23, 2016). "TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX CONSUMER PRODUCTS - BLE 2016 PREVIEW STATEMENT" (Press release). Virtual Press Office. Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  8. "Pigeon Impossible". Box Office Mojo (2019). Retrieved September 22, 2016.
  9. McNary, Dave (March 14, 2017). "Animated Movie 'Darkmouth' Finds Directors in David Pimentel, Douglas Sweetland". Variety. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  10. "Spies in Disguise to be Voiced by Will Smith and Tom Holland". ComingSoon.net. 9 October 2017. Retrieved 10 October 2017.
  11. Giardina, Carolyn (14 December 2017). "Disney Deal Could Redraw Fox's Animation Business". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on December 15, 2017. Retrieved 31 July 2018.
  12. Szalai, Georg; Bond, Paul (March 20, 2019). "Disney Closes $71.3 Billion Fox Deal, Creating Global Content Powerhouse". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 20, 2019. Retrieved March 20, 2019.
  13. Hipes, Patrick (March 22, 2019). "After Trying Day, Disney Sets Film Leadership Lineup". Deadline. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  14. Keegan, Rebecca (July 25, 2019). "Fox Animation Co-President Andrea Miloro Stepping Down". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2019.
  15. Ryan, Faughnder (August 9, 2019). "Disney shuffles animation and Blue Sky studio ranks after Fox acquisition". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on December 22, 2019. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  16. Lang, Brent (August 9, 2019). "Disney Taps Andrew Millstein, Clark Spencer for Top Animation Posts". Variety. Retrieved August 9, 2019.
  17. Amidi, Amid (2017-07-10). "Patrick Osborne's Feature Directorial Debut 'Nimona' Gets 2020 Release Date". Cartoon Brew. Archived from the original on February 9, 2021. Retrieved 2020-10-08.
  18. D'Alessandro, Anthony (February 9, 2021). "Disney Closing Blue Sky Studios, Fox's Once-Dominant Animation House Behind 'Ice Age' Franchise". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on February 9, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  19. Giardina, Carolyn (February 9, 2021). "Disney Shutting Blue Sky Animation Studio". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on February 11, 2021. Retrieved February 9, 2021.
  20. @Project813 (April 10, 2021). "A Blue Sky Studios' last day. The plug has been pulled, and we're all off to new adventures. Best wishes to my Blue Sky family. #blueskystudios" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  21. @blueskystudios (April 7, 2021). "A letter from Blue Sky Co-Founder, Chris Wedge. With the news of Blue Sky's closing, we send 34-years worth of gratitude and appreciation to our friends and fans throughout the world. 💙" (Tweet) – via Twitter.