Disney redundancy: Fox CGI-animation studio behind Ice Age, Rio to close down

Two rows of posters for animated films.

Enlarge / By the tip of April, the devoted Blue Sky Studios workforce behind the above movies shall be shuttered by its present house owners at Disney. (credit score: Blue Sky Studios)

After buying 21st Century Fox in 2018, Disney moved ahead with content material plans that, in some methods, celebrated and married the mixed corporate-entertainment universes. However movie cancellations and company redundancies quickly adopted, and as we speak’s announcement is a large one for CGI animation. Blue Sky Studios, the makers of the Ice Age and Rio movie collection, is shutting down.

Citing “the present financial realities,” a Disney spokesperson confirmed to Deadline that Blue Sky shall be totally shut down by this April, affecting all 450+ workers within the Greenwich, Connecticut, studio. However Disney will maintain all of the rights to Blue Sky’s collection and characters, and based on the identical Deadline report, an unnamed animation workforce contained in the Disney company machine is shifting ahead with an Ice Age collection solely for Disney+.

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For years, CG animation at Disney had a extreme cut up in high quality between its outdoors partnership with Pixar and the corporate’s in-house Disney Animation Studios. That modified with the megaton price range and years of stops-and-restarts within the making of 2010’s Tangled, a essential and industrial success that paved the way in which to extra internal-production successes like Frozen, Moana, and Wreck-It Ralph. On the identical time, Pixar turned a completely owned Disney property in 2006 and continued to thrive with its personal universe of present IP and new collection.

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Marvel drops action-packed two-minute Falcon and the Winter Soldier trailer

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes in Marvel’s The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, coming to Disney+ in March.

Marvel Studios did the Tremendous Bowl proper by releasing a prolonged two-minute trailer for its upcoming new collection, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier.  Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as Sam Wilson (the Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (the Winter Soldier) for the Disney+ present, which is ready after the occasions of Avengers: Endgame. The pair will “crew up on a worldwide journey that assessments their talents—and their endurance.”

(Some spoilers for prior MCU movies beneath.)

It’s possible you’ll recall that after the Avengers and their many allies lastly defeated Thanos in Endgame, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) handed over his defend to Sam so he might tackle the mantle. However will Sam settle for it? That is a part of what The Falcon and the Winter Soldier will discover over the course of its six episodes, and showrunner Malcolm Spellman has mentioned the tone can be much like Captain America: Winter Soldier. Marvel is purportedly spending within the vary of $25 million per episode to make sure a cinematic high quality for the collection.

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Wandavision premieres in ways in which would by no means work on ABC—and that’s nice

The black-and-white world of <em>Wandavision</em>, as occasionally interrupted by color in its first two episodes on Disney+ as of today.

Enlarge / The black-and-white world of Wandavision, as sometimes interrupted by colour in its first two episodes on Disney+ as of right now. (credit score: Disney)

The fashionable period of Marvel Comics tv has been a jumpy one, with ABC and Netflix dividing-and-conquering based mostly on out there comedian sequence, exclusivity offers, and in any other case attempting to not step on Marvel Studios’ gargantuan toes. Followers obtained some fascinating tv out of the method, however these community offers finally fizzled—maybe not coincidentally, proper across the time that the Disney company umbrella started plotting its personal content-filled streaming service.

Because of this, right now’s premiere of Wandavision on Disney+ is way from the primary TV sequence with clear hyperlinks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it surely’s undoubtedly the clearest one but. Take two main actors from repeat MCU movies, slap them into the first-ever TV sequence that opens with a Marvel Studios brand, and you have got your self one huge assertion of intent.

As if that weren’t gutsy sufficient, Wandavision goes additional when it comes to ambition with a two-part sequence premiere that can befuddle followers and outsiders alike. After over a 12 months of squint-worthy reveals, with hints of black-and-white TV throwbacks and superhero-filled intrigue, we’ve 65 minutes of goofiness, dread, and a way that this bizarre sequence is just going to get weirder.

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Disney+ drops Andor teaser, publicizes gazillion different Star Wars tasks

Promotional image for multiple upcoming Star Wars series.

Enlarge / Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy unveiled a slew of forthcoming Star Wars tasks at Disney’s Investor Day. (credit score: Lucasfilm)

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy gave updates on a slew of forthcoming Star Wars movie and TV tasks at Disney’s Investor Day—together with a behind-the-scenes teaser for Rogue One-spinoff collection, Andor, set 5 years earlier than the occasions of the 2016 blockbuster movie.

“With The Mandalorian on Disney+, we have ushered in a completely new period for Star Wars,” Kennedy stated. “These interconnected exhibits, together with future tales, will excite new audiences, embrace our most passionate followers, and can culminate in a climatic story occasion.”

(Some spoilers beneath.)

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Surprise Girl 1984 will attain theaters, HBO Max the identical day: December 25

Wonder Woman 1984, now coming to HBO Max the same day it hits theaters.

Enlarge / Surprise Girl 1984, now coming to HBO Max the identical day it hits theaters. (credit score: Warner Bros. Photos)

After weeks of rumors, a leaked trailer has let the golden lasso out of the bag: Warner Bros. Photos’ oft-delayed movie Surprise Girl 1984 has lastly conceded to the pandemic with a large digital launch plan.

The movie’s December 25 launch date had been beforehand introduced after being bumped out of June, then as soon as once more out of October. That Christmas launch date stays mounted for theaters all over the world—together with these in the US that stay open within the face of rising COVID-19 contraction charges. The information at this time is that HBO Max, which at the moment operates completely in North America, will moreover serve the movie on the identical day—with out charging current subscribers any further charge on high of its $14.99/mo price.

This plan differs from Disney’s September launch of its live-action Mulan remake, which was restricted to theaters in international locations with out the paid Disney+ subscription service. In territories with Disney+, however, subscribers might pay a one-time charge of $30 to entry the movie for limitless viewing, or wait till December four to entry the movie as a part of the usual Disney+ $7.99/mo service.

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Mulan skips US theaters, will debut on Disney+ Sept 4—for an additional $30

After delisting Mulan from a possible theatrical run in June, Disney has firmed up its plans for its latest live-action remake. Beginning September 4, Mulan will premiere solely on Disney+ in numerous territories, together with america, Canada, and New Zealand, in accordance with Disney CEO Bob Chapek.

In contrast to different Disney+ streaming premieres, nonetheless, Mulan will launch with an additional value level on prime of the service’s $7/mo subscription fee. Paying Disney+ customers within the US must fork over an extra $30 for what Chapek described as “premiere entry,” which possible equates to a brief rental of the movie as an alternative of full-blown possession a la platforms like iTunes and Amazon Video. Different territories’ charges haven’t but been confirmed. (Chapek took the chance to verify that Disney+’s worldwide subscriber numbers are someplace close to 60.5 million.)

In sure territories that haven’t but seen a Disney+ rollout, significantly China, Disney will transfer ahead with a theatrical run of Mulan, which has but to be given a launch date.

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