Don Bluth

Highest Rated: 96% The Secret of NIMH (1982)
Birthday: Sep 13, 1937
Birthplace: Not Available
Fresh out of Brigham Young University, Don Bluth joined the Walt Disney animation staff in 1956. Though he occasionally free-lanced at Filmation Studios, Bluth continued returning to the Disney fold in the 1970s, functioning as animation director on such cartoon features as Robin Hood (1973) and The Rescuers (1977). In 1979, dissatisfied with the hidebound atmosphere at Disney, Bluth and several fellow animators broke away to form Don Bluth Productions. Only the moderately successful The Secret of NIMH emerged from the Bluth factory before he combined his operation with Sullivan Studios in 1986. Disney's inability in the mid-1980s to deliver feature-length cartoons at a faster pace enabled Bluth to corner the market with such films as An American Tail (1986) and The Land Before Time (1988). Upon the inauguration of Disney's one-cartoon-feature-per-year policy in 1988, Bluth found his audience diminishing. It wasn't simply because the Disney folks had better distribution channels and louder publicity: the animated films of Don Bluth, while technically superb, lack the strongly defined characters and well-developed stories which have always been the hallmarks of the Disney product.

Highest Rated Movies



70% Waking Sleeping Beauty Actor $33.6K 2010
51% Titan A.E. Producer Director 2000
No Score Yet Bartok the Magnificent Producer Director 1999
85% Anastasia Producer 1997
11% The Pebble and the Penguin Executive Producer 1995
17% A Troll in Central Park Director Producer 1994
33% Thumbelina Screenwriter Producer Director 1994
20% Rock-a-Doodle Director Producer 1992
No Score Yet Dragon's Lair II: Timewarp Director 1991
55% All Dogs Go To Heaven Screenwriter Director Producer 1989
71% The Land Before Time Director Producer 1988
70% An American Tail Producer Director 1986
No Score Yet Dragon's Lair Director 1983
96% The Secret of NIMH Screenwriter Director Producer 1982
No Score Yet Banjo the Woodpile Cat Director Producer 1982
83% The Rescuers Director 1977


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