No. No. No. I respect nothing about Don Bluth's work. His style is a copy of Disney. plain and simple. He made some lucrative kid's movies, and that's it. There's a reason no one talks about his animation anymore (From my perspective); it was totally generic.
I love his 80's movies, but after 'All Dog's'... yeah (though admittedly I like Anastaisa and Titan AE as well, I think I might be in the minority there). The stuff he did while still at Disney was good too. But yeah, not a God.
I can understand if you don't like his animation style. It is beautifully smooth but very theatrical. Characters are constantly waving their arms around and over acting and, while I like him, I do have to admit I'm not a fan of the rounded jaw many of his characters have. Though I don't find it off-putting I can see some people would.
YTcyberpunkFeatured By OwnerDec 4, 2012Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like Bluth, but he's FAR from perfect, and I can totally understand why some people would dislike his stuff. I personally think he's very hit-or-miss, because there are things he excels at and things he sucks at. I think he has very clever ideas for stories, but his execution is often not very good; in fact, most of his movies that do flow well from start to finish are based on specific books (like "Secret of NIMH," "Titan A.E."). When he tries to make up his own stories, or retell a story that basically needs to be given a plot (like "All Dogs Go to Heaven," "Thumbelina," or "Anastasia") he often switches radically between being mature and being some super-stupid thing for little kids. (See "In the Dark of the Night" from "Anastasia" for a perfect example. You have this dark, super-cool villain song, accompanied by...dancing rainbow caterpillars.) He doesn't stick to one tone very well.
Know what else I've noticed? Most of the most notable Big Lipped Alligator Moments in fiction show up in Bluth's movies. Makes me wonder if the BLAM really is that much of a thing in fiction, or if it's more just a Don Bluth thing.
I don't consider him either a god or devil. I enjoyed The Secret of NIMH, and admired how it tried to veer away from Disney's limited pallet of the time. There were also some shot in it that were truly amazing. That said, I don't think everything he did measured up to it, but I think he can be proud of his successes, at least.
Well, yes and no. While I can't say I'm a big Don Bluth fan, his first set of films (The Secret of NIMH, The Land Before Time, etc.) did give Disney a run for their money. However, when the 90's rolled around, he abandoned his storytelling techniques in favor of copying Disney's formula, and that set the stage for his downfall; I think many of us can live without A Troll in Central Park, for starters. In effect, his movies have ironically become the very thing he tried to avoid when he was at Disney.
I don't love Don Bluth, but I don't dislike his style either. A few of his movies get on my nerves, even when I saw them as a child, a few of them stuck with me and ended up being moderately-memorable, and the rest are tolerable. Just my opinion.