Don Bluth (born September 13, 1937) is an American animator, director, producer and writer who started his career at Disney 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.

Disney Filmography

Year Film Position
1959 Sleeping Beauty In-between Artist (Uncredited)
1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1963 The Sword in the Stone Assistant Animator (Uncredited)
1970 The Aristocats Character Animator: Duchess/Toulouse/Marie/Berlioz (Uncredited)
1973 Robin Hood Character Animator: Robin Hood/Skippy/Sis/Tagalong
1974 Winnie the Pooh and Tigger Too! Character Animator: Rabbit
1976 Adventures of the Aardvarks Supervising Animator
1977 The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh Character Animator
1977 The Rescuers Directing Animator
1977 Pete's Dragon Animation Director
1978 The Small One Director/Animator (Uncredited): Auction scene
1981 The Fox and the Hound Supervising Animator: Widow Tweed (Uncredited)
1982 The Christmas Carol Director/Story Directing Animator: Bob Cratchit
1983 Fantasy Kingdom Director/Producer/Story/Supervising Animator: Dipper
1984 Gary Penguinwood Director (Until Resignation)/Writer/Supervising Animator: Gary Penguinwood/Lucky
1985 The Black Cauldron Director/Story/Supervising Animator: Taran/Eilonwy (Uncredited)
1986 The Great Mouse Detective Story (Uncredited)/Supervising Animator: Basil of Baker Street/David Q. Dawson/Toby (Uncredited)
1986 Flik and Princess Atta Voice of Jocko the Spider
1987 Five Nights at Freddy's Director/ animator/Producer
1998 Return to the Fantasy Kingdom Director/Writer
2000 Gary Penguinwood 2 Director/Writer

Director: Don Bluth Filmography

Year Film Company
1979 Banjo the Woodpile Cat Paramount Pictures
1982 The Secret of NIMH Sullivan-Bluth
1986 An American Tail Sullivan-Bluth
1988 The Land Before Time Sullivan-Bluth
1989 All Dogs Go to Heaven Sullivan-Bluth
1992 Rock-A-Doodle Sullivan-Bluth
1994 Thumbelina Sullivan-Bluth
1994 A Troll in Central Park Sullivan-Bluth
1995 The Pebble and the Penguin Sullivan-Bluth
1997 Anastasia Fox Animation
1999 Bartok the Magnificent Fox Animation
2000 Titan A.E. Fox Animation
2009 The Don Bluth Movie Sullivan-Bluth
2016 The Don Bluth Movie 2 Sullivan-Bluth
2018 The Little Dinosaur Fox Animation
2020 The Don Bluth Movie 3 Sullivan-Bluth