Don Bluth

Don Bluth

Highest Rated: 93% The Secret of NIMH (1982)

Lowest Rated: 10% The Pebble and the Penguin (1995)

Birthday: Sep 13, 1937

Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA

Arguably one of the biggest names in feature-length animation since Walt Disney, animator and producer Don Bluth learned his craft at the Disney Studio before turning into a direct competitor after branching out on his own in 1979. While with Disney, Bluth worked as an assistant animator on "Sleeping Beauty" (1958), only to leave for college and to work as a Mormon missionary. He returned in 1971 and was an animator on "Robin Hood" (1973), "The Rescuers" (1977) and "Pete's Dragon" (1977). But he felt that Disney had lost its way through its cost-cutting measures and decided to form his own company with animator Gary Goldman called Don Bluth Productions. Bluth earned immediate buzz for the 30-minute short "Banjo, the Woodpile Cat," which led to being hired to animate a musical sequence in "Xanadu" (1980). After the success of "The Secret of NIMH" (1982), Bluth entered the video game design business, only to see his company declare bankruptcy in 1984. He reformed the studio with fresh investment money and forged ahead with Sullivan Bluth Studios, relocating to Ireland and making "An American Tail" (1986) and "The Land Before Time" (1988) under Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment. In 1992, that company closed, and led Bluth to partner with Fox Animation Studios, making "Anastasia" (1997) and "Titan A.E." (2000). Bluth was the kind of quality hand-drawn animation that was also the standard for rival Disney.




50% 60% Titan A.E. Director,
$22.8M 2000
No Score Yet 46% Bartok the Magnificent Director,
- 1999
86% 77% Anastasia Director,
$58.4M 1997
10% 45% The Pebble and the Penguin Director,
$2.9M 1995
27% 66% Thumbelina Director,
$10.1M 1994
14% 46% A Troll in Central Park Director,
- 1994
20% 55% Rock-A-Doodle Director $11.6M 1992
44% 63% All Dogs Go to Heaven Director,
$26.2M 1989
70% 79% The Land Before Time Director,
$45.8M 1988
71% 71% An American Tail Director,
$44.9M 1986
No Score Yet 82% Dragon's Lair Director - 1983
No Score Yet 78% Banjo the Woodpile Cat Director - 1982
93% 85% The Secret of NIMH Director,
- 1982