History Creator / DonBluth

22nd Nov '17 6:00:07 PM Willbyr
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In much the same way that Creator/{{Pixar}} and Creator/DreamWorksAnimation are TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation's biggest names and toughest rivals, there was one animator in TheDarkAgeOfAnimation who took it upon himself when no one else would to challenge Creator/{{Disney}} as the reigning king in traditionally animated features. Remembered fondly by children of the 80s and 90s, his independent features laid the ground work for what would eventually be animation's [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation return to its former glory]] in the waning years of the 20th century, an effort felt to this very day in [=DreamWorks=], Pixar and, yes, even Disney.

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In much the same way that Creator/{{Pixar}} and Creator/DreamWorksAnimation are TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation's UsefulNotes/TheMillenniumAgeOfAnimation's biggest names and toughest rivals, there was one animator in TheDarkAgeOfAnimation UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation who took it upon himself when no one else would to challenge Creator/{{Disney}} as the reigning king in traditionally animated features. Remembered fondly by children of the 80s and 90s, his independent features laid the ground work for what would eventually be animation's [[TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation [[UsefulNotes/TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation return to its former glory]] in the waning years of the 20th century, an effort felt to this very day in [=DreamWorks=], Pixar and, yes, even Disney.
14th Nov '17 6:21:40 PM toonyloon
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''NIMH'' managed to catch the eye of ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ET]]'' director and notable animation fan Creator/StevenSpielberg who was looking to turn the script for a proposed TV special into an animated feature. Under Spielberg's supervision, the studio created ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', the first animated feature to out-gross a Disney film and was briefly the '''highest grossing animated feature at the time'''. They followed it up two years later with the prehistoric epic ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', which became an even ''bigger'' hit. Both films were also hugely successful with critics and audiences and are still beloved to this day. By this point, Bluth's tiny garage business had expanded to a fully-operational studio in Ireland. Feeling successful enough to once again work on his own (and [[CreativeDifferences getting annoyed that Spielberg was always getting the last word in creatively on their projects]]), he cut ties with Spielberg and resumed fully-independent production on his next film.

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''NIMH'' managed to catch the eye of ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial ET]]'' director and notable animation fan Creator/StevenSpielberg who was looking to turn the script for a proposed TV special into an animated feature. Under Spielberg's supervision, the studio created ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', the first animated feature to out-gross a Disney film and was briefly the '''highest grossing animated feature at the time'''. They followed it up two years later with the prehistoric epic ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'', which became an even ''bigger'' hit. Both films were also hugely successful with critics and audiences and are still beloved to this day. By this point, Bluth's tiny garage business had expanded to a fully-operational studio in Ireland. Feeling successful enough to once again work on his own (and [[CreativeDifferences getting annoyed that Spielberg was always getting the last word in creatively creativity on their projects]]), he cut ties with Spielberg and resumed fully-independent production on his next film.
11th Nov '17 12:25:32 PM fatescanner
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Bluth's career as an animator began at his future rival's studio, working as an assistant ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''. He took a break for a few years to go to Argentina on a Mormon recruitment mission, briefly working for Creator/{{Filmation}} as a layout artist before eventually getting re-hired by Disney. Unfortunately by that point, the studio was going through [[DorkAge major financial and creative turmoil]] in the wake of [[Creator/WaltDisney their founder]]'s death, and he was put to work on some of their more economical films like ''Disney/RobinHood'' and ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' (most notably, the scene where Rabbit is lost in the woods). Bluth nevertheless proved himself a skilled artist, working his way up to a directing animator on ''Disney/TheRescuers'', ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' and ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''.

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Bluth's career as an animator began at his future rival's studio, working as an assistant animator on ''Disney/SleepingBeauty'' and ''Disney/TheSwordInTheStone''. He took a break for a few years to go to Argentina on a Mormon recruitment mission, briefly working for Creator/{{Filmation}} as a layout artist before eventually getting re-hired by Disney. Unfortunately by that point, the studio was going through [[DorkAge major financial and creative turmoil]] in the wake of [[Creator/WaltDisney their founder]]'s death, and he was put to work on some of their more economical films like ''Disney/RobinHood'' and ''Disney/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' (most notably, the scene where Rabbit is lost in the woods). Bluth nevertheless proved himself a skilled artist, working his way up to a directing animator on ''Disney/TheRescuers'', ''Film/PetesDragon1977'' and ''Disney/TheFoxAndTheHound''.
9th Nov '17 5:22:27 PM NWolfman
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* AuteurLicense: Went independent in an effort to gain one. Ironically, he got ''less'' control over his films with each success. He eventually had to sell the rights to all of his films after ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' bombed and the rest of his career languished in ExecutiveMeddling hell.

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* AuteurLicense: Went independent in an effort to gain one. Ironically, he got ''less'' control over his films with each success. He eventually had to sell the rights to all of his films after ''WesternAnimation/RockADoodle'' bombed and the rest of his career languished in ExecutiveMeddling hell. That said, he still remains one of the few animation filmmakers to brand himself by his name rather than by a studio or team.
9th Nov '17 5:18:41 PM NWolfman
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The new studio took its first job with the "Don't Walk Away" sequence in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''. Two years later was their first feature and Bluth's feature directorial debut, ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''. A massive, effects-heavy undertaking which forced Bluth and his two partners to [[NoBudget mortgage their houses at just to get more funding]], it was a big hit with critics and fantasy fans alike, but [[AcclaimedFlop failed to turn a profit]] (not helped by the fact that it was [[DuelingMovies going up against]] ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial the]]'' [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial biggest film of the decade]] thus far). They produced the animation for two laserdisc-driven videogames, the cult hits ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceAce'', in order to recoup their losses.

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The new studio took its first job with the "Don't Walk Away" sequence in the CultClassic ''Film/{{Xanadu}}''. Two years later was their first feature and Bluth's feature directorial debut, ''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''. A massive, effects-heavy undertaking which forced Bluth and his two partners to [[NoBudget mortgage their houses at just to get more funding]], it was a big hit with critics and fantasy fans alike, but [[AcclaimedFlop failed to turn a profit]] only barely broke even]] (not helped by the fact that it was [[DuelingMovies going up against]] ''[[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial the]]'' [[Film/ETTheExtraTerrestrial biggest film of the decade]] thus far). They produced the animation for two laserdisc-driven videogames, the cult hits ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' and ''VideoGame/SpaceAce'', in order to recoup their losses.
1st Nov '17 8:48:26 AM Fangusu
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* BlackAndGrayMorality: ''All Dogs Go To Heaven'' (Charlie is an AntiHero who gradually grows to care for Anne-Marie, while Carface is unambiguously evil).
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: ''The Secret Of NIMH'' (Mrs. Brisby and her family are unambiguously good, while Jenner is unambiguously evil), ''An American Tail'' (Fievel, all the other mice and Tiger are unambiguously good, while Warren T. Rat and his cats are unambiguously evil) and ''Anastasia'' (Anastasia is unambiguously good, while Rasputin is unambiguously evil).



** WhiteAndGreyMorality: ''BartokTheMagnificent'' and even ''TheLandBeforeTime''.

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** WhiteAndGreyMorality: ''BartokTheMagnificent'' ''TheLandBeforeTime'' and even ''TheLandBeforeTime''.''BartokTheMagnificent''
31st Oct '17 8:52:33 PM MackWylde
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* ShadesOfConflict: Most of his films could focus on BlackAndWhiteMorality, many of his films can differentiate.
** BlackAndGreyMorality: ''AllDogsGoToHeaven''
** BlackAndWhiteMorality: ''TheSecretOfNimh'', ''Anastasia'', ''ATrollInCentralPark'', and ''RockADoodle''
** GreyAndGrayMorality: ''Titan A.E''
** WhiteAndGreyMorality: ''BartokTheMagnificent'' and even ''TheLandBeforeTime''.
23rd Oct '17 12:56:00 AM Fangusu
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* WhiteAndGreyMorality: ''The Land Before Time'' (The antagonist, Sharptooth, is just acting on its predatory instincts, whereas Littlefoot and his friends are unambiguously good).
17th Oct '17 10:06:39 PM NWolfman
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A prequel film to ''Dragon's Lair'' has been floating around in DevelopmentHell since the mid 2000s, with Bluth and his partner Goldman trying and failing to secure funding due to Hollywood's lack of faith in hand-drawn animation. A successful Indiegogo campaign ([[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dragon-s-lair-returns/x/12912272#/ which is still currently accepting donations]]) secured them the budget for a pitch reel, which began preliminary work in 2015.

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A prequel film to ''Dragon's Lair'' has been floating around in DevelopmentHell since the mid 2000s, with Bluth and his partner Goldman trying and failing to secure funding due to Hollywood's lack of faith in hand-drawn animation. A successful Indiegogo campaign ([[https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dragon-s-lair-returns/x/12912272#/ which is still currently accepting donations]]) secured them the budget for a pitch reel, which began preliminary work was completed in 2015.
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* A pitch reel for the ''VideoGame/DragonsLair'' prequel movie.
5th Oct '17 8:24:25 AM NWolfman
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* TheRenaissanceAgeOfAnimation: As mentioned above, Bluth and his colleagues almost single-handedly kick-started it.
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