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Before other Blue Sky Studios projects such as Ice Age or Santa Calls were in light in the half time of Blue Sky's founding in 1987, a film called Penguin of Ipanema was greenlit in 1995 by director Carlos Saldanha, and was set to be Blue Sky's first film. It was scheduled to be released in 1998.


Out of nowhere, a Galapagos penguin was washed up on the beaches of Ipanema, later in for living the life of an adventure in hopes of finding himself.

Why It Was Cancelled[]

  1. Neil Patrick Harris was offered for the role of the Galapagos Penguin. He declined the offer as he had commitments outside production.
  2. When Carlos learned of the production of the films Happy Feet (2006) and Surf's Up (2007), he had to change the concept and scrap the film.


  • The film was permanently cancelled, and will stay unreleased.
  • The film was reworked into the 2011 film Rio, where some elements from this film have been re-winded into a more fitting concept where two blue macaws named Blu and Jewel try to save their species (the last of their kind) from extinction.