Don Bluth: The Animator Who Shaped a Generation

Bluth has never been afraid to show children the darker side of life.

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  • Photo Credit: The Land Before Time Wikia

Don Bluth decided to become an animator after watching Snow White at age four 

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  • Still from Anastasia, arguably the Bluth movie most heavily influenced by Disney.

    Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Animation

Don Bluth was a Mormon missionary

Don Bluth resigned from Disney on his 42nd birthday

Don Bluth originally pitched The Secret of NIMH to Disney

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  • Photo Credit: MGM Entertainment

An American Tail and The Land Before Time were his first commercial successes

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

He believes it's important to depict uncomfortable emotions on film

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Child psychologists were brought in to ensure The Land Before Time wouldn't traumatize children

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Don Bluth and Steven Spielberg disagreed over what young audiences could handle

Spike in The Land Before Time was inspired by Don Bluth's dog

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  • Photo Credit: Universal Pictures

Don Bluth is rumored to own a cut of All Dogs Go to Heaven that features a deleted scene in Hell

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  • Photo Credit: United Artists

Rock-a-Doodle initially included a scene where a baby was baked into a pie

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  • Photo Credit: The Samuel Goldwyn Company

Don Bluth could have adapted My Fair Lady instead of Anastasia

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  • Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Animation

Don Bluth's only sci-fi film is Titan A.E.

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  • Photo Credit: 20th Century Fox Animation

Don Bluth and Gary Goldman are planning a Dragon's Lair movie

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  • Photo Credit: Cinematronics

He is also a theater manager

During the early 70s, Don Bluth had planned to release an animated short film based on the Pied Piper of Hamelin fairy tale.

After The Secret of NIHM, Don Bluth planned on releasing an animated film based on a Norwegian folktale.

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  • Photo Credit: MGM Entertainment

Don Bluth was approached by Michael Jackson to make a Fantasia-style film using The Beatles songs.

If Titan A.E. wasn’t a commercial failure, it would have been a video game.