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.
|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)|
- Don Bluth had plans for an animated adaption of Beauty and the Beast. Concept artwork was completed in 1984, but upon discovering that Walt Disney Pictures already had plans for their own adaptation, the project was canceled by Columbia Pictures.