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Blue Sky Studios Being Shut Down by Disney

Apparently, Disney has seen fit to shut down Blue Sky Studios. Who are they, you might ask? Well, they’re responsible for a certain animated franchise that takes place in the Ice Age.

Blue Sky Studios logo, with Scrat hanging in there.
The official mascot himself, now forever alone.

Disney is shutting down Blue Sky Studios due to “current economic realities”. Which basically means that the studio wasn’t making enough money for Disney’s liking, so they’re getting the axe. The studio will officially close its doors sometime in April 2021, leaving its 450 employees with nowhere to go but to Disney’s other studios. I suppose that this will be the last we see of Ice Age and Scrat. Or is it?

Ice Age: The Resurrection?

Ice Age, featuring Scrat, by Blue Sky Studios.
Well, he did accidentally freeze himself for a while, and came back out just fine.

Disney isn’t above continuing a franchise long after the demise of its creators, apparently. Disney will continue the production of the latest Ice Age film: Adventures of Buck Wild. This spin-off movie will star dinosaur-hunting weasel Buck Wild, voiced by Simon Pegg. The release date is sometime in early 2022, and will be viewable on Disney+.

Ice Age: Adventures of Buck Wild, not by Blue Sky Studios.
Not pictured: Buck Wild.

So if you’re a fan of the Ice Age franchise, you might want to check it out then. Although, based on the critical reviews of the films past the first one though, you probably won’t be missing much. Especially since the most recent one got 18% from Rotten Tomatoes. But hey, at least they were all box office successes. It explains why Disney is so eager to continue the franchise.

Conclusion

Disney is shutting down Blue Sky Studios. They’ll officially close sometime in April 2021. However, this isn’t the end of the Ice Age franchise Blue Sky created. After all, why would Disney end a franchise that keeps making them money, regardless of how good or bad the films are? If they have any decency though, they might give some of the money from Adventures of Buck Wild to the former Blue Sky employees. Seeing as how this is Disney though…

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