Donald Virgil "Don" Bluth (born September 13, 1937) is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer and video game designer.
From 1955 to 1979 he worked with Disney Studios where he participated in the development of Sleeping Beauty, Robin Hood, The Rescuers and Pete's Dragon.
He then teamed up with two other Disney animators, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy, to create Don Bluth Productions. In 1982, their debut The Secret of NIMH was a mixed success and this led to Don Bluth Productions being on the verge of bankruptcy.
In 1983, the trio founded Bluth Group and began creating and selling video games such as the famous Dragon's Lair or Space Ace, but with the video game industry being in a crisis, this did not allow them to continue in this direction.
With the help of Morris Sullivan, an investor who believed in the future of traditional animation, he founded the Sullivan Bluth Studios with Steven Spielberg and negotiated the start of construction of a new feature film, An American Tail (1986) which was a great success, as were the following productions: The Land Before Time (1988), All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), Rock-a-Doodle (1992) and Thumbelina (1994).
After the artistic and commercial success of his first animation project, 1982’s The Secret of N.I.M.H., Disney alumnus Don Bluth (born 1937) and his newly established studio went from a separate entity that produced animation to part of a major marketing machine. This was due to input from and dealings with the business sides of Universal Studios and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin. In fact, Spielberg loved N.I.M.H., lavishing praise on Bluth for sticking to a drawing style that had been all but abandoned since the sixties. In 1984, he asked Bluth to develop An American Tail and before long, Spielberg started
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A TALENTED DUO An American Tail and The Land Before Time belong to the scores which marked James Horner's career. The authors of these two animated films (Don Bluth, the director and Gary Goldman, the producer) together discuss the creation process of these two incredible scores. Photo credit: Hubert Rioux. Courtesy of ztele.com On The Secret Of NIMH (1982), you had collaborated with Jerry Goldsmith. Why did you choose James Horner to score your following films, An American Tail and The Land Before Time?Gary Goldman: Back in 1982, Jerry and I had become good friends over the fifteen-week schedule while he
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