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Don Bluth

Don Bluth [8]

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Born:September 13, 1937 (83)
Filmography Rating:8.05 / 10
IMDB Rating:6.70 / 10
Amazon Rating:4.37 / 5
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:73.39%
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List of Titles and Roles/Jobs:
The Small One [1978](41) => Director
The Secret of NIMH [1982](45) => Director / Writer
An American Tail [1986](49) => Director
The Land Before Time [1988](51) => Director
All Dogs Go to Heaven [1989](52) => Director
Thumbelina [1994](57) => Director / Writer
Anastasia [1997](60) => Director
Titan A.E. [2000](63) => Director

Trivia that mentions this person:
All Dogs Go to Heaven [1989]
  • During the scene when Charlie is in heaven, where they keep all the clocks, one of them is a Mickey Mouse wristwatch. Director Don Bluth is a former Disney animator.
  • During the scene where Charlie is almost shot by Carface, he and Anne-Marie pass by "Bluth's Bakery" - a reference to director Don Bluth.
    An American Tail [1986]
  • A shot of a cat lunging towards the camera during the market attack is recycled from Don Bluth's previous film, The Secret of NIMH.
  • During production, director Don Bluth staged a demonstration of the difference between limited TV animation and the full animation used in the film. He had his staff stack up animation cels by his feet into two piles, one representing two minutes of limited animation, the other two minutes of full animation. The TV pile reached only to Bluth's shoelaces; the film pile went all the way up to eye level.
    The Land Before Time [1988]
  • The film was originally going to be 10 minutes longer. However, the extra footage was lost and never recovered. Because they were deemed as too frightening or could even cause psychological damage to young children, about 19 scenes, mostly pertaining to the Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the five characters in mild peril or distress was cut or trimmed. Don Bluth was unhappy with the cuts, and fought to keep the footage, but felt like he had to do so, making this film only 69 minutes, one of his shortest.
    The Secret of NIMH [1982]
  • This was Jerry Goldsmith's first music score for an animated film. He later said that it was among his personal favorites. He was instrumental in introducing the film to Steven Spielberg, who went on to work with Don Bluth on An American Tail. According to Bluth and Gary Goldmanin their DVD commentary, Goldsmith so loved the film that he volunteered an extra three weeks to polish and refine the score, even though he was not contractually obligated to do so.
  • The small dragonfly Mr. Ages chases away near the beginning of the film is Evinrude from Disney's The Rescuers, one of the last films Don Bluth worked on at Disney before leaving the company.
  • Don Bluth, John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman all left Disney to pursue this project, which had originally been rejected by their former employer as "too dark" to be a commercial success. They were followed soon after by 20 other Disney animators, dubbed "The Disney Defectors" by the trade press.
    The Small One [1978]
  • This short was Don Bluth's last involvement with Disney.
    Thumbelina [1994]
  • [?] Angeline Ball was the live-action reference model for Thumbelina as well as for Goldie in Rock-A-Doodle which is another Don Bluth film.
    The Rescuers [1977]
  • The film broke a record for largest box office gains on opening weekend, a record it would keep until the release of Don Bluth's An American Tail.
  • Don Bluth became the first of the new artists trained during the 1970s to be listed as a directing animator. Two years later, he left Walt Disney Productions to form his own studio.
    Ice Age [2002]
  • Supposedly the reason Don Bluth refused to make the film is when 20th Century Fox said they wanted it to be CG after the failure of 2D animation, Bluth refused due to his personal hate for fully CG animation and angrily walked away from the project.