I'm sure your familiar with the Disney Movie Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs. Well the studio that created that blockbuster and others is shutting down.

The announcement came out of no where and took employees by surprise. Disney announced this week that they will be closing down their Blue Sky Animation studios in Greenwich.

Call it another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to newstimes.com, here's what a Disney spokesperson had to say about the studio's closing.

Given the current economic realities, after much consideration and evaluation, we have made the difficult decision to close filmmaking operations at Blue Sky Studios.

Disney has been hit hard by the recent pandemic and has been making cuts throughout the company including 500 jobs at Connecticut based ESPN back in November.

Lauren Rabin is the acting First Selectman in Greenwich and was disappointed with Disney's announcement.

This pending closure is further evidence of the financial impact of the global COVID pandemic. It is my hope that the hundreds of employees affected by this decision will be able to continue employment in other Disney studios, as announced by the company.

The studio, which relocated to Greenwich back in 2009, was responsible for producing a number of Disney animated features including Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, plus two other "Ice Age" sequel's along with The Peanuts Movie and Spies in Disguise.

 

The studios, which are located in the Greenwich American Center business park, has a workforce of close to 500 people, all of which will be displaced with the closing.

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