Non-Disney Animated Films
From 1956 to 1979, Don Bluth was a cast member at the Walt Disney Studios and directed such classic Disney animated features as Robin Hood and The Rescuers. After leaving Disney, Bluth went on to produce some of the best quality non-Disney animated films ever made. Bluth also produced three computer games that incorporated extensive animated sequences that almost turn the games into interactive movies. These animated games were 1983's Dragon's Lair and Space Ace, and 1999's Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp. Information on Bluth's animated features is presented below.
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Banjo the Woodpile Cat
(1979 - 29 min. - 20th Century Fox) ***
Plot: Banjo runs away from the farm after his poppa scolds him for his mischevious ways, and has a series of adventures in the big city with an alley cat named Crazy Legs.
The Secret of NIMH
(1982 - 85 min. - MGM) ***
Plot: A mother field mouse tries to save her family from a farmer's plow and, in the process, discovers a secret city hidden under a rosebush. There was a video-only sequel.
An American Tail
(1986 - 89 min.- Universal) ****
Plot: A family of mice immigrate from Russia to America at the turn of the 20th Century to find a world of adventures and dangers. There was a 1991 theatrical sequel called An American Tail 2: Fievel Goes West and two video-only sequels.
The Land Before Time
(1988 - 69 min. - Universal) ***
Plot: A group of baby dinosaurs are separated from their parents while moving from their baren home to lush feeding grounds and have an amazing adventure on the way. There was a theatrical sequel and five video-only sequels.
All Dogs Go to Heaven
(1989 - 85 min.- MGM) ***
Plot: A dog recently released from prison and his friend, a dachsund, get themselves into all kind of trouble in this touching musical film. There was a theatrical sequel and two video-only sequels.
(1992 - 77 min. - Samuel Goldwyn) ***
Plot: Farmyard animals look for their rooster friend in the big city, where he has become a rock star, so that he can help them stop flooding rains that are destroying the farm.
(1994 - 86 min. - Warner Brothers) ****
Plot: Pint-sized Thumbelina experiences a series of misadventures at the hands of a family of frogs, a scheming beetle, and a lonely mole before she's reunited with the Prince of the fairy people.
A Troll in Central Park
(1994 - 70 min. - 20th Century Fox) **
Plot: When the Queen of Trolls finds out that a kindhearted troll can make flowers grow, she banishes him to a faraway place, where he turns a barren land into a beautiful paradise.
The Pebble and the Penguin
(1995 - 74 min. - Warner Brothers) ***
Plot: A shy penguin tries to impress a female penguin with a beautiful pebble that fell from the sky, but he soon learns that it's his personality, not his gift to her, that wins her heart.
(1997 - 88 min. - 20th Century-Fox) ****
Plot: A retelling of the story of Anastasia, the daughter of the Russian czar, whose family is killed during the Russian revolution. There was a video-only sequel.
(2000 - 95 min. - 20th Century Fox) ****
Plot: In the year 3028, a young man must find a hidden spaceship with a secret that will help him to save the human race from vicious alien creatures.
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