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  • The Land Before Time

  • An American Tail

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At Home
  • Banjo the Woodpile Cat

  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

  • Waking Sleeping Beauty

  • An American Tail

  • The Rescuers

  • A Troll in Central Park

  • All Dogs Go to Heaven

  • Pete's Dragon

  • Titan A.E.

  • Robin Hood

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Don Bluth Biography

  • Profession: Director, Producer, Animator, Screenwriter, Production Designer
  • Born: Sep 13, 1938
  • Died: Jan 1, 0001

Fresh out of Brigham Young University, Don Bluth joined the Walt Disney animation staff in 1956. Though he occasionally free-lanced at Filmation Studios, Bluth continued returning to the Disney fold in the 1970s, functioning as animation director on such cartoon features as [[Feature~V41674~Robin Hood~robinhood]] (1973) and [[Feature~V40980~The Rescuers~therescuers]] (1977). In 1979, dissatisfied with the hidebound atmosphere at Disney, Bluth and several fellow animators broke away to form Don Bluth Productions. Only the moderately successful [[Feature~V43503~The Secret of NIMH~thesecretofnimh]] emerged from the Bluth factory before he combined his operation with Sullivan Studios in 1986. Disney's inability in the mid-1980s to deliver feature-length cartoons at a faster pace enabled Bluth to corner the market with such films as [[Feature~V2053~An American Tail~anamericantail]] (1986) and [[Feature~V28159~The Land Before Time~thelandbeforetime]] (1988). Upon the inauguration of Disney's one-cartoon-feature-per-year policy in 1988, Bluth found his audience diminishing. It wasn't simply because the Disney folks had better distribution channels and louder publicity: the animated films of Don Bluth, while technically superb, lack the strongly defined characters and well-developed stories which have always been the hallmarks of the Disney product. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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