Since the Walt Disney Company took control of 21st Century Fox, there has been some doubts over how Disney would integrate Blue Sky Studios into the fold. Blue Sky Studios is behind some big animated movies including Ice Age, Rio and the upcoming Spies In Disguise.
Today, it was revealed that Disney looks to be taking the studios seriously by making Walt Disney Animation Studios president Andrew Millstein, co-president alongside current co-president Robert Baird. Robert Baird will continue to run the creative side of Blue Sky and will be reporting to Walt Disney Studios co-chairs Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. While Andrew Millstein will be running the studio on the day to day basis.
Recently, Andrea Miloro left her role as Co-President of Blue Sky Studios.
The move also means Clark Spencer has been promoted up to the role of Walt Disney Animation Studios President. He has produced many of Disney’s biggest hits including Zootopia, Bolt, Lilo & Stitch and others.
And to help with the process of bringing Blue Sky Studios within the Disney fold, Pixar Animation Studios president Jim Morris has also been given a supervisory role at Blue Sky.
Disney’s Alan Horn and Alan Bergman said in a statement:
“We are incredibly proud of the strength and depth of leadership in our animation studios, and Andrew, Clark, and Jim are all exemplars of that. The remarkable success of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios over the past decade is due in large part to the respective leadership of Andrew and Jim and their ability to foster creativity, technology, and culture in equal parts, and we are thrilled that they will be lending their experience to the Blue Sky team along with Robert Baird’s creative guidance. Clark has been an invaluable leader and contributor at Disney Animation, combining exceptional creative and business instincts, and we’re so pleased he will be leading this historic studio in a key role alongside Jennifer Lee.”
While Andrew Millstein was president of the Walt Disney Animation Studios, the division released major hits including Frozen, Big Hero 6, Zootopia and Wreck It Ralph.
With these moves, it does look like Disney want Blue Sky Studios to be a successful unit within the company. Either creating theatrical releases or for Disney+. Only this past week, Disney CEO Bob Iger spoke about making changes within the 21st Century Fox studios.
It looks like we are going to be getting plenty more movies from Blue Sky Studios now and hopefully the back catalog of Blue Sky Studios movies will also be available on Disney+.
Are you excited to see Blue Sky Studios continue?