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Donald Virgil Bluth
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2006
Born September 13, 1937 (1937-09-13) (ageĀ 83)
OtherĀ names Don Bluth
Occupation Animator

Donald Virgil "Don" Bluth (born September 13, 1937) is an American animator and independent studio owner. He is best known for leaving The Walt Disney Company in 1979 and later directing of animated movies such as The Secret of NIMH (1982), An American Tail (1986), The Land Before Time (1988), and All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989), as well as his work on the laserdisc game Dragon's Lair.

He is also often credited for providing competition to Disney, and making them improve from their streak of less-successful movie efforts to the movies that would make up the Disney Renaissance.

Filmography

Director

  • Pete's Dragon (1977, animation director)
  • The Small One (1978, short film)
  • Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979, short film)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981) (animator)
  • The Secret of NIMH (1982)
  • Dragon's Lair (1983, video game)
  • Space Ace (1984, video game)
  • An American Tail (1986, also storyboard)
  • The Land Before Time (1988, also co-storyboard and production designer)
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven (1989)
  • Dragon's Lair II: Time Warp (1991, video game)
  • Rock-a-Doodle (1991)
  • Thumbelina (1994)
  • A Troll in Central Park (1994)
  • The Pebble and the Penguin (1995, uncredited)
  • Anastasia (1997)
  • Bartok the Magnificent (1999, direct-to-video)
  • Titan A.E. (2000)

Other roles

  • Sleeping Beauty (1959, assistant animator, uncredited)
  • Fantastic Voyage (1968, TV series, layout artist)
  • Archie and His New Pals (1969, TV special, layout artist)
  • Will the Real Jerry Lewis Please Sit Down (1970, TV series, layout artist)
  • Sabrina and the Groovie Goolies (1970, TV series, layout artist)
  • Journey Back to Oz (1972, layout artist)
  • Robin Hood (1973, character animator)
  • Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too (1974, short film, character animator)
  • The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977, character animator)
  • The Rescuers (1977, directing animator)
  • The Small One (1978, animator, uncredited)
  • Banjo the Woodpile Cat (1979, animator)
  • Xanadu (1980, animated sequence unit, animator)
  • The Fox and the Hound (1981, animator, uncredited)
  • The Secret of NIMH (1982, directing animator)
  • The Black Cauldron (1985, animator, uncredited)
  • The Great Mouse Detective (1986, animator, uncredited)
  • Oliver & Company (1988, animator, uncredited)
  • The Little Mermaid (1989, animator, uncredited)
  • Dragon's Lair 3D: Return to the Lair (2002, video game, animator)
  • "Mary" by the Scissor Sisters (2004, animated segments of music video)
  • Gift of the Hoopoe (2009, short film, storyboard artist only)
  • Tapper World Tour (2011, video game, animator)
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