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Donald Virgil "Don" Bluth is an American animator, film director, producer, writer, production designer, video game designer, and animation instructor.

He started his career at Walt Disney Productions in 1955, only to leave the company in 1979 and start his own animation studio, Don Bluth Productions (formerly Sullivan Bluth Studios) after believing the company had lost its charm when they turned down his pitch for an animated feature-length adaptation of Robert C. O'Brien's novel Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH, which he decided to create by himself and a few of his friends at the studio. It was shortened to The Secret of NIMH, and the protagonist was originally named Frisby, but the Wham-O Company was the then owner of the toy name Frisbee, so Bluth changed the protagonist's name to Mrs. Brisby. He found his greatest success teaming up with Steven Spielberg and creating An American Tail and The Land Before Time, which both shattered box office records for animated features at the time and challenged Disney, until the release of The Little Mermaid. After departing with Spielberg, Bluth worked on a few more films, All Dogs Go to Heaven being the last successful one, before Don Bluth Productions closed down at the release of The Pebble and the Penguin, at which he was hired at Fox Animation Studios. He found new success with Anastasia, but this company closed down at the release of Titan A.E., which was Bluth's last film to date. He is currently fundraising for a movie adaptation of Dragon's Lair.

He is also the older brother of Toby Bluth, who passed away in October 2013.

Several of his films are currently available for streaming on Disney+.

Disney filmography

Year Film Position
1959 Sleeping Beauty In-between Artist (Uncredited)
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1963 The Sword in the Stone Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1967 The Jungle Book Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1970 The AristoCats Character Animator: Madame Adelaide Bonfamille (Uncredited)
1973 Robin Hood Character Animator: Robin Hood/Skippy/Sis/Tagalong
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Character Animator: Rabbit
1975 Escape to Witch Mountain Titles Animator (Uncredited)
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Character Animator: Rabbit
1977 The Rescuers Directing Animator : Bernard/Miss Bianca
1977 Pete's Dragon Animation Director: Elliott
1978 The Small One Director/Animator (Uncredited): Auction scene
1981 The Fox and the Hound Supervising Animator: Widow Tweed (Uncredited)

Outside filmography

Year Film Position Production Company Distributed by Current Distribution Rights
1979 Banjo the Woodpile Cat Director, producer, writer/screenplay and animator Don Bluth Productions ABC Specials Disney
1980 Xanadu animation sequence unit Universal Pictures Universal
1982 The Secret of NIMH Director, producer, animator, story adaptation, layout artist, visual development Aurora Productions
Don Bluth Productions
United Artists (through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (through Amazon)
1986 An American Tail Director, producer, production desinger, storyboard artist, title designer Amblin Entertainment
Sullivan-Bluth Studios
Universal Pictures Universal
1988 The Land Before Time Director, producer, production desinger, storyboard artist, title designer Amblin Entertainment
Sullivan-Bluth Studios
Universal Pictures Universal
1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven Director, producer, animator, story, production desinger, storyboard artist Goldcrest Films
Sweatbox Animation
Sullivan-Bluth Studios
United Artists (through Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer; Worldwide)
The Rank Organisation (UK/Ireland)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (through Amazon)
1991 Rock-A-Doodle Director, producer, animator, story, storyboard artist Goldcrest Films
Sullivan-Bluth Studios
The Samuel Goldwyn Company (USA and Canada)
The Rank Organisation (UK/Ireland)
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (through Amazon)
1994 Thumbelina Director, producer, writer Don Bluth Ireland, Ltd. Warner Bros. Pictures Disney
1994 A Troll in Central Park Director, producer, screenplay Don Bluth Ireland, Ltd. Warner Bros. Pictures Disney
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Director, producer Don Bluth Limited Metro Goldwyn Mayer (USA)
Warner Bros. Pictures (Worldwide)
Warner Bros (US) (physical media)
Amazon (worldwide) (digital)
Disney (international)
1997 Anastasia Director, producer Fox Animation Studios 20th Century Fox Disney
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Director, producer Fox Animation Studios 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment Disney
2000 Titan A.E. Director, producer Fox Animation Studios 20th Century Fox Disney




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