- Not to be confused with Gary Oldman.
Gary Wayne Goldman is an American film producer, director, animator, screenwriter, writer, and voice actor. He is well known for working on films with Don Bluth, such as Anastasia, An American Tail, and The Land Before Time. He was an animator at Disney before working at Sullivan Bluth Studios with Bluth.
Goldman began his career in animation when he joined Walt Disney Productions in February 1972. His first assignment was as an in-betweener to legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas on the film, Robin Hood. He then worked alongside Don Bluth, as an animator, on Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! and The Rescuers before serving as Directing Animator on Pete's Dragon and The Small One. In an effort to accelerate their skills in preparation for leadership assignments within the Disney organization, Goldman and Bluth began to purchase used animation equipment and probe every aspect of animated production, at Don Bluth's home. United by the common goal of restoring the lost techniques of classical animation, Goldman and Bluth, along with animator John Pomeroy, produced, directed, and animated the classically animated 27 minute, filmed-featurette, Banjo the Woodpile Cat.
Their enthusiasm attracted many other artists at Disney, who came by the garage to contribute their time and artistry to the project. It took four years, working nights and weekends in Bluth's garage. In December 1979, the film was shown at the Egyptian theater in Hollywood and the Peppertree theater in Northridge. It received the National Film Advisory Board Award for Excellence, and the Golden Scroll Award from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Using what they learned on their project, they attempted to implement their techniques on projects at Disney.
Divided by disagreements over story and production values, Goldman, along with Bluth and Pomeroy, resigned from Disney to establish their independent animation studio, Don Bluth Productions, in 1979. The departure was highly publicized and the trio were dubbed "Disney Defectors" by news reporters. Since leaving Disney, the team produced several feature films, starting with The Secret of NIMH, which won the Saturn Award for "Best Animated Feature" from the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Academy. In late 1982, composer Jerry Goldsmith introduced them to director Steven Spielberg. Their first collaboration with Spielberg, which began production in January 1985, An American Tail, released in November, 1986, ushered in a new era of success for the full-length animated feature, becoming the highest-grossing animated film up to that time.
He is currently working with Don Bluth for a fundraiser for Dragon's Lair.
|1973||Robin Hood||Character Animator|
|1974||Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too!||Animator|
|1977||The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh||Animator|
|1977||The Rescuers||Character Animator|
|1977||Pete's Dragon||Character Animator|
|1978||The Small One||Directing Animator|
|1981||The Fox and the Hound||Animator: Big Mama and Chief|