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Disney Officially Acquires 21st Century Fox

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The Simpsons, Family Guy, and Bob’s Burgers. Ice Age, Rio, and Anastasia. Futurama, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. These are just some of the major animated film and television properties that have been acquired by The Walt Disney Company in the historic $52.4 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox, which includes 20th Century Film and Television studios and Blue Sky Studios, as well.

Outside of animation, some of the most significant additions to Disney’s library as a result of the acquisition include James Cameron’s Avatar franchise, full distribution rights to Star Wars, and all of the Fox-owned Marvel properties: X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four. The acquisition was just made official today, so obviously there’s still a lot to be worked out in terms of how these properties will exist and move forward under Disney.

Bob Iger will remain Chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company through the end of 2021, so rest assured, the company is still in good hands as it undergoes this unprecedented, game-changing acquisition.

“The acquisition of this stellar collection of businesses from 21st Century Fox reflects the increasing consumer demand for a rich diversity of entertainment experiences that are more compelling, accessible and convenient than ever before,” Iger said in the official press release issued this morning. “We’re honored and grateful that Rupert Murdoch has entrusted us with the future of businesses he spent a lifetime building, and we’re excited about this extraordinary opportunity to significantly increase our portfolio of well-loved franchises and branded content to greatly enhance our growing direct-to-consumer offerings. The deal will also substantially expand our international reach, allowing us to offer world-class storytelling and innovative distribution platforms to more consumers in key markets around the world.”

What do you think of this news? What should happen to Blue Sky Studios? Most importantly, should Anastasia become an official Disney Princess? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

Edited by: Hannah Wilkes

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About Angelo Thomas

Angelo Thomas is a writer, director, and pop culture enthusiast. In addition to writing for Rotoscopers, he writes for The Royal Blog of Oz and guest hosts The Royal Podcast of Oz. Angelo was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He is currently studying Film & Video in Columbus, Ohio at the Columbus College of Art & Design, where he has also worked as an assistant in Marketing & Communications. His favorite film of all time is The Wizard of Oz, which has influenced much of his personal and professional work. In terms of his love for animation, Tangled and Frozen aren't just great animated films in his opinion — they're some of the best films ever made. Angelo is always prepared to give and defend his opinions when it comes to film and animation, which he often does on social media. He can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr @imangelothomas.
  • The Dreamer

    Can we make Tina and Louise Belcher official Disney Princesses?

    • Aaron Sawtelle

      NO!

  • aquapyro

    Somewhere Bob Iger is holding the Infinity Gauntlet. He now has 5 of the Infinity Stones: Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, and now Fox.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Seems like enough companies to me.

    • dlizsehshus

      He has some of Fox not all of it.

    • Ernesto Chacon

      In the words of Thanos: “It does put a smile on my face.”

  • Dante Panora

    If disney buys anything else. Like how there were rumors they wanted to buy Nintendo… I think it will be a monopoly no matter what the government approves.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I think Nintendo just might stick to Universal

    • dlizsehshus

      Lol thats not happening. Disney left the video game business a long time ago. They only license their characters now. Plus movies made from videogames hasn’t drawn big money at the box office or have been critical successes. I highly doubt Disney will drop 40 billion dollars on Nintendo when there is no guarantee that movies made from those IPs are going to turn a profit.

  • Sebastian

    https://media.giphy.com/media/CDJo4EgHwbaPS/giphy.gif

    Wait, does that mean that Ice Age is now a family member to the Disney company. While this can be a bad thing it can also be a good thing. 1 Disney has a variety of writers, directors while Blue Sky has mostly relied on a few and mostly 1. What if some talent move over to Blue Sky to help with the writer department. Blue Sky is great when it comes to animation and visuals but they need help with writing more meaningful stories outside of sequels.

    I love the first Rio so I can now view it as a Disney film or whatever comes for the future. AHHHH. I grew up with Blue Sky and this is just so personal that I can’t even.

    I’m both confused yet happy.
    What’s next Nintendo or is Universal already planning to make that decision.

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m a little anxious to see what happens with the deal. Blue Sky should negotiate with the Schulz family estate to make a Peanuts Movie sequel. Meanwhile it won’t surprise me if Anastasia is named a Disney princess. But anything else, Ferngully should be adapted for the Broadway stage.

  • Well, now a live-action Anastasia movie from Disney doesn’t seem too far-fetched any more. http://www.rotoscopers.com/2015/04/01/disney-buys-anastasia-rights-announces-live-action-remake/

    • Manuel Orozco

      One YouTube channel I subscribe to wants the Broadway version’s cast in it

      • Angelo Thomas

        Me too!

        • Manuel Orozco

          I’m referring to Luke Delmar formally known as GreatBroadwayFan

  • Anonymous

    So some adult swim shows now count as Disney…

  • Ernesto Chacon

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/cf16c30192b8a26eb78e6ccdf1c8c5cff4a7a5561f6e080545533f72d8098404.gif

    I say this is one of the BIGGEST Historic landmark deals Disney has made and how this would affect both the Entertainment industry and the Animation industry as well. As you put out their would be ups and dows with Disney’s acquisition on Fox:

    Good: More content for Disney’s new streaming service in 2019 that attracts consumers, The X-Men, Deadpool, and Fantastic Four back at Marvel and be fully integrated in the MCU, Disney/Lucasfilm gaining the rights to the original Star Wars film (“A New Hope”).

    Bad: Layoffs from the Respective divisions within Fox, The uncertain future for Blue Sky Studios, etc…

    So we’ll, wait and see on how this deal would go through.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe reduced to five studios won’t be so bad. Fantastic Four I feel mostly excited about joining the MCU and Blue Sky’s future might depend on how Ferdinand does this weekend and beyond.

      • Ernesto Chacon

        I’m not upset about the reducement of 5 movie studios, what I’m more concerned is once this deal comes through how will the layoffs work out and what remains to be seen for Blue Sky Studios: Will it be closed down? Will they remain at their current location?.

        And while I’m no fan of “The Simpsons” the Scene with the shopkeeper from Treehouse of Horror III would sum this up in a nutshell:

        1. Disney will be Acquiring 21st Century Fox in a Historic deal – “That’s Good”

        2. But it will be reduced to five major movie studios in Hollywood instead of six – “That’s Bad”

        2. But we’ll get the X-Men, Deadpool and the Fantastic Four back at Marvel and especially the Marvel Cinematic Universe. – “That’s Good”

        3. But we may face certain layoffs within Fox. – “That’s bad”

        4. But the deal would have most of Fox’s film and TV library under Disney’s new Streaming Service in 2019 to compete against Netflix. – “That’s Good”

        5. But it first has to go through Antitrust Enforcement to make this official. – “Can I go home now”

        Still I shouldn’t overwhelm myself and just focus on the good for what’s to come on the Disney Fox merger.
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohc_ePj7t0Y

        • Manuel Orozco

          I rather focus on the good too

        • Sebastian

          I sure do hope (Blue Sky Studios) won’t shut down or move to a different location. I want to think bright for the them but at the same time I’m very cautious to what may happen. There are so many talented people working at Blue Sky so I hope they won’t haft experience layoffs.

        • dlizsehshus

          Number 3 was inevitable. The Murdochs were selling regardless if Disney was the buyer or not.

  • drewman2014

    Now that Disney has acquired Blue Sky Studios I wonder if this means that ‘The Peanuts Movie’ might get a sequel. After all, ABC airs the ‘Peanuts’ holiday specials.

    • Manuel Orozco

      That’s what I would want the most out of anything. Because it was the best Blue Sky has done yet.

    • Jeremiah

      The Peanuts Movie was great because it wasn’t written by Blue Sky people, it was by Schulz’s own family. They spent years writing it. So, according to them, a sequel may come along but it will have a similar time frame. Basically, of course Blue Sky will snap up the opportunity to make some sweet Peanuts cash, but they need a script.

      • drewman2014

        I’m glad that Schulz’s own family wrote the script because it was fantastic.

        • Manuel Orozco

          And it made the heart and soul put into the movie all the more special.

      • I also read that the family had to fight with Fox
        executives to have the movie be the way that they
        wanted it to be.

    • Aaron Sawtelle

      But the Peanuts are owned by Viacom! Paramount is the company that put the Peanuts specials and VHS and DVD. Should the Peanut Movie and the other Blue Sky movies go to Paramount and Nickelodeon?

      • Manuel Orozco

        Actually about ten or so years ago home video rights were sold to WB.

    • I really hope there isn’t a squeal to that. Not every
      animated film should have a sequel.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Why not? They are so many possibilities for Charlie Brown and friends.

        • I am just worried that they’ll mess up and make a
          bad movie. If the family is involved again, then I
          guess I’ll be ok with a sequel.

          • Manuel Orozco

            If the family is involved is all that should matter.

  • Chelsea Warner

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. I’m a big Disney fan, but I don’t want them to monopolize everything.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m not that big of a Disney fan but I agree of not monopolizing everything. Too mentally insane. No literalism intended

    • dlizsehshus

      Monopolize what?

      There are 10 other entertainment companies out there.

  • Jordan Briskin

    Disney made a HUGE mistake doing this…

    • dlizsehshus

      Fox was selling no matter what. Disney wasn’t going to let a competitor like Comcast or Time Warner get control of the X-Men and Fantastic Four, plus the distribution rights to the first Star Wars movies.

      They had to do it is my opinion.

  • Karl “Karlamon” Smith

    It’s also worth noting that Disney will have the 2013-2017 library of Fox-distributed DreamWorks Animation films. But considering they wouldn’t want to own content made by a nemesis of theirs, I’d assume they hand them back over to DreamWorks and Universal.

    I really do hope Blue Sky remains safe with this acquisition. Would hate to see hundreds of talented artists and animators lose their jobs and projects.

    • dlizsehshus

      Distribution rights doesn’t mean they own the properties. It just mean they have right to sell them in stores or release them in theaters.

  • Jeremiah

    Um. WOW. Cool?

  • Harith Sami

    So, Disney technically owns Batman now.
    The 60s version.
    http://digitalspyuk.cdnds.net/16/41/640×320/landscape-1476224138-batman.gif

    • Harith Sami

      Can’t wait for a MCU appearance.
      Also RIP Adam West.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I wouldn’t count on MCU if I were you

  • Harith Sami

    I think that Disney would’ve probably owned Dreamworks Animation if the FOX merge occurred earlier. Dreamworks will be a division of Universal starting from 2019.
    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/L1NXjTuva7k/maxresdefault.jpg

    • Sebastian

      Personally I would had at least appreciated if Dreamworks had released HTTYD3 before the division. Cause to be honest I don’t want to see what Universal/ Chris Meledandri has in store for Dreamworks future. I sense a rebirth of Dreamworks pop culture and non serious storytelling, from that man.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I would have liked for HTTYD 3 as well. But it made sense not to rush production of it so soon after its preceeder.

      • I hope DW’s new owners don’t mess with HTTYD3.

      • Harith Sami

        Dreamworks was in a weak position lately, which makes it easier for Universal to make some alterations to the company.
        My biggest concern is DW producing movies in the same vein as minions (being lazy and hugely advertised to very young kids) the same concern goes to the Mario movie.

        • Sebastian

          Exactly
          Yet I’m very sure that Comcast will ruin that DW attention to detail, story and character development. I don’t trust Universal. And I’ve raised my concerns on Mario being made by Illumination. From the bottom of my heart I hope that Dean Deblois won’t haft to dumb down HTTYD3 for Comcast’s demands.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Right. Because this is the final chapter for Hiccup and Toothless. And I hope Comcast understands how important this is.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Guess we won’t know until the time is right

    • Manuel Orozco

      Then that would have increased the chances of crossing over Rise of the Guardians and Frozen and ship Jack Frost and Elsa. Not that I saw the former or anything.

  • Eli Sanza

    I am not surprised Disney was the one to obtain the rights when Fox decided to sell, and like most Marvel fans I am excited about Disney’s movie future, but I am worried about Blue Sky and all the other people who might get laid off. I really think Paramount should own Blue Sky now. Spread the franchises around Hollywood so that Disney doesn’t have so much control.

    • Manuel Orozco

      You do have a point about Blue Sky since Paramount had home video rights to Peanuts. Before the rights were sold to WB that is.

      • Eli Sanza

        WB owning Blue Sky is another possibility.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Then that would be another unsurprising development. Since both studios are a teeny bit similar WB and Fox. If WB happens the chances might be better for more Peanuts material.

        • Marielle

          The Warner Animation Group films are animated by Animal Logic in Australia and Sony Pictures Imageworks in Canada. If they owned Blu Sky they could animated there. I’m not sure it would be advantageous for them. Maybe the animation is cheaper in Australia and Canada.

          • Alexandria Lynn

            You mean Greenwich, Connecticut? They actually hopped across the border from New York just because the tax breaks were higher! And CT has a LOT of taxes.

          • Marielle

            It just seems like it costs more to animate a movie at Blue Sky than it does at Animal Logic or Sony Pictures Imageworks.

    • Ernesto Chacon

      Let’s not get ahead of our selves on what’s going to happen with the Disney Fox merger deal. I am worried and cautious about Blue Sky Studios and what Disney is going to do with them but for now let’s focus on the good for now.

  • Dan Siciliano

    Ugh…is Bob Iger a communist tyrant?! I like Fox the way it is!! Iger you commie!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PuZ24VBrbO4

    • dlizsehshus

      Fox was selling the company fyi.

  • I don’t know what to think of this deal yet, until I hear plans of what they do with any Fox characters I’m just gonna be ok with it….or something like that idk!

  • Malcolm Rambert

    I’m sorry, but am I the ONLY that feels it’s kind of scary how much box office power Disney would acquire by that deal? I mean, sure, I don’t mind people getting excited about the possiblities fo different properties, but it seems that’s the only thing that people care about. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1cdb9f3313adb87a74ec906b0a320dfc32d793d49cb7eb9997bd5064dbe7ef0.png

    • I kinda worry too. They now have Marvel, Lucas
      film, Pixar, and now Fox. They’re a powerhouse.

  • I have mixed feelings. On hand, it makes perfect
    sense for Disney to take over Fox and thus now
    be a bigger player in the movie and streaming
    market. However, I worry that they may be getting
    too big and I also worry about Blue Sky’s future.

    • Aaron Sawtelle

      I know how you feel. Maybe Blue Sky should move to Paramount and Nickelodeon.

      • It seems that way. Considering that Blue Sky is in
        Connecticut and Disney/Pixar’s in California, them
        moving to another studio might ultimately be what
        will happen to them.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Maybe moving somewhere close to home is all that Blue Sky can do or something.

  • Aaron Sawtelle

    Also They Don’t Need Titanic. Paramount Already Owns It.

  • Firecat

    Blue Sky Studios under Disney, huh?

    That could maybe, just maybe, be a good thing, since with Disney’s grade-A storytellers on hand, it’ll finally come to its senses and realize how terrible their own storytelling is, In other words, improve it.

    Who’s with me on this one?

  • Marielle

    I hope this won’t kill Blue Sky, but also I hope they can keep co-producing with other studios like Fox did for The Book of Life and intended to do for the feature-lenght version of The Dam Keeper.

  • Harith Sami

    What made the deal take so long to be finalized is Disney and Fox making plans about “what do we do if the government tries to separate us?”
    ( Anti-trust law: a company can’t have a monopoly and buy it’s competition).
    I don’t think the government will do such thing, because if the deal succeeds the CEO of Disney will extend his contracts till 2021, if the deal fails, Disney CEO will leave Disney and then apply for a presidential run on 2020 (no joke). I don’t think the Trump wants such competition, so the government is unlikely to separate Disney and Fox.

  • Frank Coufal

    I have mixed feelings about this, yet I believe Disney buying Fox won’t reduce the number of major studios to 5 instead of 6. But I am also a little worried about what might happen to Fox and its subsidiaries now that Disney owns them.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Maybe you are right about not reducing to 5 after all. But I am glad you have mixed feelings too.

  • Jerrico

    When does it become an monopoly? Starting to feel like the Disneyland is America’s second capital. White House decides how we live, Disney Castle decides what we watch.