Now that Disney have purchased 21st Century Fox, one of the studios that was included in the sale was Blue Sky Studios, which have been making family animated movies for over 20 years.
I wanted to take a look at the Top 5 movies from Blue Sky Studios, that would be a perfect fit for the family friendly Disney+ streaming service.
The was the last Blue Sky Studios release under 21st Century Fox and stars WWE’s John Cena in the lead role. This is a retelling of the classic story “Ferdinand The Bull” from 1936, which tells the story of a bull who would rather smell flowers than fight in bullfights. And this movie is connected to Disney, as the story was adapted by Walt Disney as a short animated film back in 1938 and was made in a style similar to the Silly Symphonies series. That original short also won an Academy Award for Best Short Subject in 1938. And this new version also won an Oscar for Best Animated Picture in 2018.
Rio was originally released back in 2011 and also saw a sequel released in 2014. The movie focuses on a parrot called Blu, who was stolen from the wild to be sold as a pet, before it’s owner found out that he is thought to be the last of his kind, which leads them to head to Rio De Janeiro to meet the female, Jewel. This is where the story kicks up a gear as the pair of parrots are stolen and the adventure of escaping home gives us this great family movie.
3) Horton Hears A Who!
While the animated Grinch stole last Christmas, Blue Sky Studios made an animated version of the Dr Seuss classic children’s book back in 2008 and sees Jim Carrey play the role of Horton the elephant. While this movie didn’t quite hit the same level as the live action movies, it is still the highest grossing animated movie from the works of Dr Seuss. Plus this would be the only Dr Seuss on the streaming platform and would be a addition to the roster of movies on Disney+.
4) Spies In Disguise
This new movie starring Tom Holland and Will Smith as spies who are turned into Pigeons, will be the first “Disney” owned film released by Blue Sky Studios. Being a brand new movie out in 2019, it would give an instant draw to children for something fresh and relevant.
5) Ice Age
Easily one of the biggest franchises from Blue Sky Studios is Ice Age, with 5 movies and numerous shorts, Ice Age would be a massive addition to the Disney+ library. The franchise alone has brought in over $3 billion at the box office. With a wide range of wacky characters and with each movie bringing in new situations, these movies will bring a huge amount of joy to families around the globe. And I’m sure Disney are looking at this franchise as something to build on and improve following the lackluster reaction to the last movie, Collision Course.
One of the interesting things about all of these Blue Sky Studios movies, is most of them are not available on any streaming services (outside of Fox’s own version) and look ready to be utilized by Disney for Disney+. However Spies In Disguise could still fall under the deal that Fox made with HBO, where new movies go to HBO first until 2022. Which could delay the Spies In Disguise coming to Disney+ by a few years, unless there are some loopholes in the deal or Disney buy themselves out of the contract.
What Blue Sky Studios movie would you most like to see on Disney+?
Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.