Producer/director Don Bluth is one of the most prestigious animators in the industry, admired by peers all over the world for his creative talent, as well as his versatility in bringing memorable characters to life. While working on his films, Bluth wears many hats. He designs all the characters, serves as key storyboard artist, and when the mood strikes him, he has also been known to write some clever songs to accompany his lively and amusing characters. As if these duties don’t keep him busy enough, he also writes and/or collaborates on most of the scripts for his projects.
Bluth was born into a family of seven children in El Paso, Texas. He grew up on a farm in Payson, Utah, in a highly creative environment. After watching Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), he found his calling. From the age of six on, Don was always drawing. It soon became his dream to work for Walt Disney Studios and to bring his drawings to life as he had seen accomplished in films. In 1954, Don’s… read more
When Gary Goldman met Don Bluth at Walt Disney Studios in 1972, they formed an instant friendship, soon realizing that they both shared the desire of restoring the heritage of classical animation to today’s animated films, their friendship eventually turned into a creative partnership that has lasted over 30 years.
Born in Oakland and raised in Watsonville, California, as a youth, Goldman studied piano and enjoyed model-making and drawing. Before devoting himself entirely to the arts, he served as an electronics technician in the United States Air Force (1962-1967). He received his Associate of Arts Degree (1969) from Cabrillo College near Santa Cruz, California, and in December, 1971, he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Life Drawing and Art History from the University of Hawaii.
In early 1972, he began his career in animation when he joined Walt Disney Productions. His first assignment was as an “in-betweener” to legendary Disney animator Frank Thomas… read more
Some friends of mine and I occasionally enjoy re-watching movies from our youth and this one got played, unfortunately. Very little positives here with a barebones plot, stock characters, and the worst soundtrack you could possibly imagine: 90s pop alt rock.
It had a lot of potential. The whole concept of the film is so interesting, but the film itself is rather weak. The main problem is the animation. Half hand-drawn, half computer, it feels very dated. The music, of course, is at times inappropriately awful. The pacing is off, seeming to go too fast at important points. I feel the story itself deserves a better version, more detailed and better produced. I would see it
Many say this movie is unappreciated, and they are right to a point. I really like this movie a lot, mostly for the interesting world and creatures it gives us. However, I'm not so blinded by my fandom enough to refuse the notion that flaws do not exist, because oh yes they do. The story is okay but it could have been a whole lot more interesting than it turned out to be. I like it, but it wasted it's potential.