Second child of a family which counts seven of them, it grows in a medium very marked by Article It would be one of the direct descendants of Pocahontas. At 6 years, he is discovered a vocation of draftsman by seeing White-Snow and the 7 dwarves .
As of this moment, the drawing becomes its first priority. In 1954, its family moves with Santa Monica in California where it passes all its adolescence. In 1955, it is presented with its portfolio to the studios Disney of Burbank: it is engaged like Intervalliste to take part in the development of Sleeping Beauty while continuing its studies of English literature.
After a mission in Argentina for the Church of Jesus-Christ of the Saints of the Last Days, Don Bluth returns to California, assembles a theater in Santa Monica with his/her brother Frederick, Bluth Brothers Theater in which it produces musical comedies. During three years, they produced local talents, Don ensuring the accompaniment the piano. However, it quickly decides to turn over to its first loves: after having obtained its diploma of English literature, it launches out again in animation.
In 1968, it is engaged at the department “layout” of the studios of television of Los Angeles, of which he quickly becomes director. Of 1971 with 1979, it is stimulating with the Studios Walt Disney, working on the films Robin of Wood , the Adventures of Bernard and Bianca , Peter and Elliott the dragon and Rox and Rouky .
Inspired by traditional Disney, Bluth joins two other Disney organizers, Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy. It decide to call their group Don Bluth Productions . Since 1973, Gift, Gary and John joined together the material to be able to write and direct their first cartoon. After two or three false starts, turning begins in 1975 in the garage from Bluth, occupying the weekends and the nights of the three men. They want ressusciter the spirit of traditional Disney which they do not find any more with the Disney Studios. After approximately five years of efforts, it is in 1979 that the trio completes its first production. The fruit of their work, Banjo, The Woodpile Cat receives many prices of which the Outstanding commendation award of the National Advisory Board.
This success attracts the investors who propose to the three men to finance their first feature film. They thus resign of the Disney studios and choose to adapt the novel of Robert C.O' Brien, Mrs. Frisby and the Rats off Nimh : in 1982, Brisby and the secrecy of NIMH leave on the screens. However, the success of Brisby is measured and the sector of animation does not go as well as possible: without projects, Don Bluth Productions is at the edge of the bankruptcy.
In 1983, Bluth, Goldman and Pomeroy found Bluth Group and create video games with success like celebrates it Dragon' S Lair or Space Ace , but the sector of the video game in crisis does not enable them to carry out a continuation.
This dark period however allowed Don of recontrer Morris Sullivan, an investor who believes in the future of the traditional cartoon and traditional animation. They found together the Sullivan Bluth Studios and negotiate with Steven Spielberg the operational startup of a new feature film: Fievel and the New World obtains a great success in rooms as in video.
In 1986, Bluth negotiates with the Irish government and transfers its studio in Ireland, where it created largest and the most modern complex of animation in Europe.
The success of the productions of Gift Bluth is not contradicted: the Small Dinosaur and the valley of the wonders , produced by Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, Charlie , Rock'n'roll-O-Rico , Poucelina and the magic Imp . He collaborated for the near total of these films with his colleague of always, Gary Goldman.
Catalog of films
- Banjo (Banjo, The Woodpile Cat) (1979)
- Brisby and the secrecy of NIMH (Secret The off NIMH) (1982)
- Fievel and the New World (Year American Tail) (1986)
- the Small Dinosaur and the valley of the wonders (The Land Before Time) (1988)
- Charlie (All Dogs go to Heaven) (1989)
- Rock'n'roll-O-Rico (Rock'n'roll-HAVe-Doodle) (1991)
- Poucelina (Thumbelina) (1992)
- an imp at Central Park (Troll in Central Park has) (1993)
- Youbi the small penguin (The Peeble and the Penguin) (1994)
- Anastasia (1997)
- Bartok Splendid the (Bartok The Magnificient) (1999)
- Titan A.E (2000)
Robin of Wood (1973)
- Adventures of Bernard and Bianca (1977)
- Peter and Elliott the dragon (1977)
- Rox and Rouky (1981)
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