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Donald Virgil Bluth (/bluːθ/; born September 13, 1937) 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 Entertainment (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 Entertainment 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.

He was also the older brother of Toby Bluth, who passed away in October 2013.

Warner Bros. Filmography

Year Film Position Company Distribution
1994 Thumbelina Director, producer, screenplay Don Bluth Ireland Ltd. Warner Bros.
1994 A Troll in Central Park Director, producer, story, voice-actor (Radio Announcer; uncredited) Don Bluth Ireland Ltd. Warner Bros.
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Director, producer (uncredited) Don Bluth Limited Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (USA & Canada)
Warner Bros. (Worldwide)

Outside Filmography

Year Film Position Company Distribution
1959 Sleeping Beauty Assistant animator (uncredited) Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Assistant animator (uncredited) Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1963 The Sword in the Stone Assistant animator (uncredited) Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1973 Robin Hood Character animator Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too Character Animator Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Character Animator Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1977 The Rescuers Character Animator Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1977 Pete's Dragon Animation Director Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1978 The Small One Director, animator (uncredited), producer Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1979 Banjo the Woodpile Cat Director, animator, producer Don Bluth Productions ABC Weekend Special
1980 Xanadu Animated sequence unit, animator Universal Pictures Universal Pictures
1981 The Fox and the Hound Supervising Animator (uncredited) Walt Disney Productions Buena Vista Distribution
1982 The Secret of NIMH Director, animator, producer Don Bluth Productions
Aurora Productions
United Artists
MGM/UA Distribution
1986 An American Tail Director, animator, storyboard, producer Amblin Entertainment
Sullivan Bluth Inc.
Universal Pictures
1988 The Land Before Time Director, animator, storyboard, producer, designer Amblin Entertainment
Sullivan Bluth Inc.
Universal Pictures
1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven Director, animator, producer Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland Ltd.
Goldcrest Films
Sweatbox Animation
United Artists
MGM/UA Distribution
The Rank Organisation
1991 Rock-a-Doodle Director, animator, producer Sullivan Bluth Studios Ireland Ltd.
Goldcrest Films
The Rank Organisation
The Samuel Goldwyn Company
1997 Anastasia Director, animator, producer Fox Animation Studios
Fox Family Films
20th Century Fox
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Director, animator, producer Fox Animation Studios 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
2000 Titan A.E. Director, animator, producer Fox Animation Studios 20th Century Fox

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