There are two Don’s that I give my undying respect to. Both are Godfathers of their respective rackets.
The first is Don Corleone. Godfather of La Cosa Nostra.
The other is Don Bluth. Godfather of La Cosa Traditional 2D Animation
Recently I had the pleasure of speaking with the the great Don Bluth, one of animation’s most respected figures and one of my greatest inspirations as a kid. We had a great time and hit it off really well. Since then, I have been eagerly anticipating the chance to share the interview with you Minions. Like many of you, I totally realize how extremely valuable of an opportunity it is to speak with my guest. We both joked and laughed and shared with each other our mutual respect and deep passion for Traditional 2D Animation.
Don “Quixote” Bluth
We owe Don Bluth a big thanks for having led the revolution that saved animation from a slow painful death during the seventies. In 1979 feeling dissatisfied with the direction things were going he boldly left Disney to make his own films with the help of fellow visionaries Gary Goldman and John Pomeroy. Don’s departure and the resulting competition got Disney’s second generation of Animators to finally get it together and make better films!
Don went on to become a a highly prolific animation director with a vast body of work that includes some of the greatest animated films of all time like An American Tail, The Land Before Time, Anastasia and my favorite The Secret of NIMH.
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Now After 55 years in the Animation Business, Don has gone back to teaching 2D traditional Animation! In 2009 he opened www.donbluthanimation.com. An online animation school dedicated to those eager to learn traditional techniques from a master! Don uses tutorials, streaming videos, forums, and live weekly sessions devoted to helping young animators learn the tried and true traditional principles of animation that Don and guys like me were taught at Disney.
Pantheon you say?
Don Bluth is a man of passion, talent, vision, boldness, determination, and most of all GUTS! His hard work and sacrifice in the face of adversity is most admirable! Here is a man who really loves Animation! For that, I hereby induct Master Don Bluth into the Man vs. Art Pantheon of Awesomeness! Right Here, Right Now! So shall it be written! So shall it be said!
Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and more importantly enlightened about 2D Traditional animation! It is both and honor and a privilege to be able to introduce you to a role model of note, a man of distinction and passion for the ultimate drawing art form, Animation Legend Don Bluth!